SSAIB Appoint Dougie Callander as New Manned Services Scheme Manager

SSAIB Appoint Dougie Callander as New Manned Services Scheme Manager

SSAIB have named Dougie Callander as the new scheme manager for manned services – after predecessor David Taylor made the decision to step down from the role over the summer.

After training as a sheriff officer - before working in a joint Police/council team tackling antisocial behaviour utilising surveillance techniques - the 37-year-old has spent the last 10 years working as a regional investigator for the Security Industry Authority (SIA), where he also completed a seven-month stint acting as regional investigation manager for their compliance and investigation department during 2012/13.

While working for the security regulation organisation, the new Scotland-based scheme manager also played an integral part in a multi-agency team coordinating the regulation and quality assurance at high profile events such as: the London 2012 Olympic Games, the G8 summits in Northern Ireland (2013) and Cardiff (2014), the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup tournament.

And, after building up a wealth of experience in his previous employment at the SIA, Dougie revealed that he is looking to use what he has learnt so far to “bring a new dynamic to SSAIB.”

“While working for the SIA - and within the security industry - over the last 10 years, I have been aware of the excellent reputation the SSAIB have within the industry and the work they have done to help raise the performance standards within the Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS).

“Most importantly, I also know of the part they have played in safeguarding the integrity of the ACS scheme - by ensuring all assessments are fair, proportionate and transparent – and, for me, it is essential that the SSAIB continue to perform to the high standards they have already set.

“I like to think I am a champion of change and I always promote best practice. Therefore, I believe that my unique and diverse background – as well as my knowledge of the SIA and ACS - will bring a new dynamic to SSAIB and I’ll be able to offer fresh ideas on ensuring that we continue performing to a consistently high standard.”

Departing scheme manager David – who joined SSAIB back in June 2014 - will continue on as a part-time manned services assessor for the time being, but we would like to thank him for all of his hard work during his time as manned services scheme manager.

Posted: 01/10/2018 more >

SSAIB Hope to Build on IFSEC Success with Autumn Exhibitions

SSAIB Hope to Build on IFSEC Success with Autumn Exhibitions

After enjoying a hugely successful IFSEC 2018 thanks to their exclusive Ice Bar, SSAIB will hope to carry on that momentum when they attend no less than four exhibitions over the next two months.

First up for the leading certification body for the security and fire industries is the Security Twenty 18 show at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin on September 5, before they make the trip up to Scotland a week later – for the Fire Safety Scotland event, taking place at the SEC in Glasgow on September 12-13.

Representatives for the organisation will then be at Consec 2018 at London Heathrow Marriott Hotel on Thursday October 4, before a hectic few weeks are brought to a close with a second Fire Safety event – as SSAIB travel to EventCity in Manchester for Fire Safety North, taking place between October 9-10.

Despite having a busy few weeks planned for SSAIB, PR and communications executive Glen Maxwell revealed that he is looking forward to getting back out on the road after a “fantastic” IFSEC for the Ice Bar sponsors.

Glen – who will be at Security Twenty 18 Dublin and both the Fire Safety events - revealed: “IFSEC was a fantastic success for us. We weren’t sure how well the Ice Bar idea would work out for us beforehand, but we all worked non-stop for each of the three days and the feedback we’ve had since has been nothing short of phenomenal.

“The number of enquiries we had was very encouraging as well, so we’ve been hard at work in the weeks/months that followed sorting them out. We’ve had more than enough time to recover from what was an amazing IFSEC show for us now though, so we’re eager to turn our attention to the four upcoming events over the next few weeks.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to replicate the success we enjoyed earlier in the summer and speak to even more people looking for SSAIB certification in Dublin, Glasgow, London and Manchester, so please come and see us.”

Posted: 04/09/2018 more >

OSPAs Nominations Now Open For SSAIB Firms to Put Forward Exceptional Security Staff for Industry Recognition

OSPAs Nominations Now Open For SSAIB Firms to Put Forward Exceptional Security Staff for Industry Recognition

The nominations are now open for SSAIB-registered firms to submit their selections for next year’s Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which rewards proven outstanding performance across the security sector.

Celebrating their third year in 2019, the UK OSPAs – which form part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries - will take place at the Royal Lancaster in London on Thursday February 28, 2019. However, the deadline for nominations to be made is midnight on Monday October 15, 2018.

Judging of the awards will be undertaken by an independent panel who have been nominated by many of the leading security associations – including SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael.

With awards presented across 16 categories, nominations are open to anyone working within the security sector. The main criteria for entry is that a company, team or individual has performed at an exceptional level and nominees are eligible to be put forward for more than one category.

The categories for this year’s UK OSPAs include:

Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director
Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
Outstanding Security Team
Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
Outstanding Security Consultant
Outstanding Customer Service Initiative
Outstanding Security Training Initiative
Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator
Outstanding Event Security Team
Outstanding Security Partnership
Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer
Outstanding New Security Product
Outstanding Security Officer
Outstanding Young Security Professional
Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative
Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are free to submit, but the person nominating is required to answer two questions on the nominee and why they should win the award. The judging panel for each category will then use these answers as part of their decision making when choosing a winner.

Full details on how to submit an nomination – and the categories available – can be found at

Posted: 16/08/2018 more >

SSAIB Name Joanne Ellis as New Sales Executive

SSAIB Name Joanne Ellis as New Sales Executive

Long-serving SSAIB employee Joanne Ellis has moved from manned guarding administrator to be the leading security and fire certification body’s new sales executive.

Joanne has been with SSAIB for over ten years - during two spells with the organisation - having started as an office apprentice straight out of school. After achieving both her Business Admin Level Two and Level Three qualifications during her first four years at SSAIB, Joanne then returned as manned guarding administrator some six years later.

Following a further six years working within manned services, Joanne decided to apply for the vacant sales executive job – as she revealed that it brings a new set of challenges compared to her previous roles, but she can’t wait to get started.

Joanne commented: “This new role will be a challenge, but it’ll be a good challenge for me and it is definitely one that I’m looking forward to.

“Working in the sales team will also allow me to get out of the office more and meet people, so it will be nice to go along to exhibitions and regional meetings and put faces to names that I’ve only spoken to over the phone or via email.”

Posted: 08/08/2018 more >

SSAIB Auditors Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock Accept CTSP Registration on Behalf of Auditing Team

SSAIB Auditors Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock Accept CTSP Registration on Behalf of Auditing Team

SSAIB auditors Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock have accepted their Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) registration on behalf of all the SSAIB auditors that have achieved recognition by the Tavcom Training-operated register.

As two of the auditors that were down at IFSEC 2018 in London last month, Frank and Nick were on hand to meet with Tavcom and celebrate not only their success on gaining CTSP registration, but that of all of the SSAIB auditors currently listed on the register as well.

SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks – who has championed the CTSP register since its introduction in September 2017 and often discussed the benefits that it brings to the industry – joined in with the pair's celebrations, after he was able to add to his existing engineer standing by achieving CTSP registration at auditor level as well.

The CTSP Register was extended to include auditors and consultants fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire systems sectors in June 2018, making SSAIB the first third-party certification body for fire and security to achieve CTSP registration.

Manchester-based fire and security systems assessor Frank achieved full auditor status for all four disciplines of CTSP registration – Intruder and Hold-up Alarms, CCTV, Access Control and Fire Detection Systems – and revealed it was a great way for him to celebrate a milestone year for him at SSAIB.

Frank revealed: “I’m delighted to have been recognised as a CTSP-registered auditor, no less because it’s a fantastic way for me to celebrate my fifth anniversary at SSAIB. The CTSP Register is a very valuable addition to our industry as it gives a platform for technical competence and experience to be verified.

“It provides a huge benefit to end users, because it gives them confidence and peace of mind that the person undertaking the work is qualified to do so. Being named on the CTSP Register is also beneficial to all of the auditors we have at SSAIB as it is a professional recognition of our technical auditing knowledge.”

Nick Grewcock – who has covered the Nottinghamshire area for security and, more recently, fire for SSAIB since joining 18 months ago – has been recognised for all four disciplines as an engineer, but will see his registration enhanced to that of auditor once he reaches the two-year mark required for that level of registration.

Nick commented: “Seeing my name on the CTSP Register is great. Once these next six months are out of the way and I’ve achieved the minimum two-year auditing criteria, I’ll be proud to see my listing move up from an engineer to an auditor.

“There are a lot of steep learning curves involved in auditing, so it’s good that the CTSP insists on an allotted amount of time to avoid just anyone registering for CTSP recognition - as that would heavily dilute the quality that this level of recognition warrants. The CTSP Register for security system professionals goes a long way to reducing the risk of inconsistent standards.

“By benchmarking the registrant to an agreed minimum level, this will ensure quality in the industry and improvement in the standards, creating confidence and reassurance for customers and other contractors.”

CTSP registrar Kevin Matthew added: “The security industry has many varied but equally important roles, so the decision to include auditors and consultants was designed to be inclusive of this professional diversity and to continue to raise professional standards.

“We are delighted to recognise Frank, Nick, Trevor and all the SSAIB auditors currently on the Register. It is apt that they are amongst the first auditors to register as the vocational pathway has been developed in partnership with SSAIB, which is one of the endorsing bodies.”

All CTSP applications are assessed by the registration manager, with only those having the necessary credentials being admitted to the register. The publicly searchable register lists registrants, their role and the disciplines they are qualified in - enabling end-users and employers to select a qualified technical security professional.

The CTSP application process is conducted online and costs £25, with a £50 annual registration fee payable upon successful admittance to the register. Part of a certified professional network, registrants can use the CTSP post-nominal - such as John Smith CTSP - and are permitted to use the CTSP logo on promotional materials.

For more information on CTSP, please visit

Posted: 27/07/2018 more >