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Sarah Austerberry co-opted to The Security Institute’s Board of Directors

16 December 2020

THE SECURITY Institute has announced the co-option of Sarah Austerberry CSyP FSyI to the organisation’s Board of Directors. Austerberry is a thought leader within the field of personnel security having nurtured a successful 20-year career spent working in UK Government as a security subject matter expert.

Austerberry is now the director of Au Security Consulting. Her role includes auditing, designing and developing innovative personnel and people security risk mitigation programmes for Critical National Infrastructure and crowded places (Government and private industry) both here in the UK and overseas.

Through her work with The Security Institute and a number of universities, Austerberry has demonstrated her commitment to championing professional development for security professionals, as well as encouraging young professionals to enter the industry. Most recently, she co-hosted The Security Institute’s Virtual Conference.

Austerberry’s experience in Government security is highly valued as the Institute continues to strengthen its engagement with Westminster, as is her specialist expertise demonstrable across a number of key areas of practice including insider risks.

Speaking about Austerberry’s co-option, The Security Institute’s current chair Professor Alison Wakefield PhD CSyP FSyI said: “Sarah is a long-standing supporter and active member of the Institute who brings significant expertise and profile in national and organisational security to the Board of Directors. As we seek to build our capability and prominence as a thought leader in the ever-widening security domain, Sarah has a significant amount to contribute. We very much look forward to working more closely with her.”

The Security Institute chair elect Peter Lavery FSyI added: “On behalf of the Institute’s membership and the Board, I’m delighted that Sarah has accepted our invitation to join the Board of Directors. Sarah has already made a significant contribution to the Institute with her work on insider risks and we also greatly appreciated her co-hosting of our annual Virtual Conference. Sarah brings considerable experience from her former career in Her Majesty’s Government and as a subject matter expert in personnel and people security risks.”

Commenting on her co-option to the Board, Austerberry observed: “I’m delighted to have been asked to join the Board of Directors at The Security Institute. This is my opportunity to give something back to the organisation which has supported my career in the security sector over many years. I very much look forward to helping to shape and steer the Institute and developing a portfolio that will add real value for the membership.”

Austerberry will formally stand for election at the Institute’s next Annual General Meeting to be held in April 2021.