SSAIB Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Successful Hosting of Women in Security Awards

SSAIB Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Successful Hosting of Women in Security Awards

A great night was had by all at this year’s Women in Security Awards, which was hosted by SSAIB in a double celebration with our 25th anniversary.

The event – which took place aboard the Dixie Queen on the River Thames, on Thursday September 12 – was a sold-out affair that not only celebrated SSAIB 25, but also the achievements of females working in the security sector as well.

As a proud supporter of the Women in Security Awards, SSAIB were honoured to be the hosts of this year’s event – as it was the perfect way to further celebrate reaching our milestone 25th year as the leading certification body for the security and fire industries.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael began the evening by addressing the room and discussing both SSAIB 25 and the importance of celebrating the contribution of females across the security industry. The five awards then followed a celebratory dinner, before all of the guests danced the night away amid the backdrop of an illuminated London sky.

Alex commented: “It was a great night and a fitting double celebration for SSAIB’s 25th birthday and the Women in Security Awards. With SSAIB being the hosts of the this year’s awards, I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the very worthy, professional women that received their awards from my good friend – the patron and founder of the WiS awards – Una Riley, who was ably supported by the inimitable Roy Cooper from Professional Security.

“I’d also like to say a very big thank you to all of the SSAIB-registered firms that came along to support this wonderful event - as well as all of the guests from the other organisations in attendance, who made it a night that many of us will remember for a long time.

“An event like this takes a lot of hard work, so a very big thank you also to Liz Lloyd from Professional Security for organising a wonderful night. I know I speak for everyone at SSAIB when I say that we’re already looking forward to next year’s Women in Security Awards event, which will be hosted by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP.)”

The winners of the 2019 Women in Security Awards were as follows:

Security Manager – Jennifer Ciolfi, University of Dundee
Contribution to Industry – Amanda McCloskey, CIS Security
Business Manager – Bernadette Duncan MBE, AUCSO
Technical – Kiran Bhagotra, Protectbox
Frontline – Sara Stephenson, Sodexo

SSAIB would like to echo the sentiments of our chief executive by extending our congratulations to all of this year’s Women in Security Awards winners and nominees.

A full gallery of images from the evening can be viewed at

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SSAIB Calls on Firms to Submit OSPAs 2020 Nominations Before October Deadline

SSAIB Calls on Firms to Submit OSPAs 2020 Nominations Before October Deadline

SSAIB firms are reminded that entry to the 2020 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) will close Tuesday October 1, 2019.

Entering the OSPAs is free and easy and done entirely online, so there is still time to nominate you chosen individual(s) for an award!

With 16 categories to choose from, the awards provide the opportunity to acknowledge people, products and services from right across the security spectrum who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

Once the shortlist of finalists have been selected, the winners will then be revealed on Wednesday February 26 2020 at a prestigious evening awards dinner and ceremony to be held at the Royal Lancaster London.

The judging process is rigorous and robust and only those reaching a high score threshold will be chosen as finalists.  The esteemed panel of judges - including SSAIB's very own chief executive Alex Carmichael - have been nominated by the many leading security associations and bodies and all sign up to an ethics policy, declaring any conflict of interest; and, if a category is not competitively supported, an award will not be made – ensuring only the very best are selected.

Nominations are invited in the following categories and you can enter as many that are applicable:

- 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

Click here to enter your OSPAs 2020 nominations now.

Posted: 20/09/2019 more >