Judges for 2020

Our judges for the awards are leading experts in the professional security industry from backgrounds in guarding, technology, academia, government and professional consultancy, and are highly respected in their fields. The BSIA would like to thank them for their time and effort in judging the very best in the profession.

Meet the national judges

Pauline Norstrom Anekanta

Pauline has worked in the security industry for over 15 years, holding statutory board positions since the mid 2000’s including Marketing Director, Group Director and Chief Operating Officer following various senior management roles. Overall Pauline brings over 30 years of diverse experience in innovation, new strategy, business management, diversification, cost base management, change management and sales and tech marketing.

Graham Bassett GBRUK Ltd

Graham is involved in many volunteer aspects within the security community including; Committee Member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association , Vice Chairman of ASIS UK & member of the European Advisory Council, Trustee of the City of London Police Children’s Charity, Liveryman of the WCoSP, plus he is MD of GBRUK and Co-Founder of AllSecurityEvents.com

Michelle Russell Security Industry Authority

Brian Sims Security Matters

Michelle was appointed as the acting Chief Executive of the SIA on 19 October 2020.

Michelle joined the SIA as Director of Partnership and Interventions in January 2020, leading the criminal enforcement and regulatory inspection functions. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in regulation and regulatory environments in both the public and private sectors.

With over 20 years experience in security journalism, Brian was appointed Editor of Securiy Matters in March 2020. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. 

David Wilkinson BSIA

Sarah Staff Head of SaferCash, BSIA

Dave is responsible for coordinating all technical and quality matters  at the BSIA, including acting as representative on various UK, European and International standards committees and acting as UK representative on various Cenelec and Euralarm committees.  In addition, Dave is the industry lead for the UK’s Security & Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC). He is also responsible for membership liaison within the BSIA’s technical sections and works closely with other industry organisations. 

Sarah is responsible for SaferCash, a BSIA initiative working in collaboration with the CVIT Industry with the main aim of reducing CVIT crime and providing a central point of contact for the Police, Security Industry & other partners. SaferCash maintains the only national database for all CVIT attacks and suspicious incidents, it provides a direct link between Law Enforcement and the Industry via liaison officers and has direct links into Police Regional Intelligence Units via SaferCash Analysts. Sarah is responsible for judging the Bravery Awards.

Roy Cooper Professional Security Magazine

David Ward DWA Associates

Roy is the Managing Director and co-owner of Professional Security Magazine which was established in 1990. Roy has been in the security industry since 1972 and has worked his way up from being an apprentice alarm engineer for Chubb Alarms through to doing sales for installation companies, manufacturer and distribution. Roy recently picked up the lifetime achievement award at the UK OSPAs 2020.

David is a senior security consultant who has worked at every level of security over many of the security disciplines for over 25 years. In 2000, he co-founded Ward Security and in 2021 establish DWA Associates, who specialise in working with businesses at an international level to provide risk management consultancy, security advice and training. He is a board trustee of the CSSC. He is also the creator of the City Security Council (CSC) and until recently was Chair of the Group. 

Mike Hurst HJA Consult

Mike Hurst has spent almost thirty years in the security and fire profession, twenty-five of which have been as a specialist recruitment consultant with HJA Fire and Security where he is a director, dealing with a wide range of clients and roles. He is Vice Chairman of the UK Chapter of ASIS International and serves on its European Advisory Council. He is also currently a Member of the BSI GW/3 Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and was awarded the ASIS President’s Award of Merit for his services to security in the UK and Europe.