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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 our judges

Regional & National Security Personnel

John MacAskill BSIA

John has over 25 years of experience in the industry and is responsible for the Security Officer Services and Export Council at the BSIA. He is the liaison between various government agencies and works with partners within export.


Kelly Knowles Fenix Monitoring

Kelly has over 20 years experience in the security monitoring realm and is Commercial Director for Fenix Monitoring having previously worked for EMCS and VRC Monitoring Solutions.

Dave Wilkinson 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. 

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Sian Doherty ARC Monitoring

Sian has over 10 years experience in senior capacity for ARC Monitoring having began her career in customer services, rising to Managing Director. SIan is also a committee member of Women in Security.

Brian Sims Western Business Media

Brian is Editor of Security Matters and is an Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. 


Vanda Bell SGS

Vanda has over 20 years of experience in partnership management, working for SGS and the British Standards Institute with a wealth of business acumen demonstrated by successfully generating significant sales across a number of market sectors. 


Jo Shaer Lollipop Local

Jo is Managing Director of Lollipop Local, a company specialising in creating leads for clients through websites, SEO and Social Media, providing consistent, manageable flow of online enquiries and sales.

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Graham Bassett GBRUK 

Graham is involved in many volunteer aspects within the security community including City of London Crime Prevention Association, European Advisory Council and is MD of GBRUK and Co-Founder of

Tracey Lilley Security Industry Authority

Tracey is Head of Business Standards at the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Her team manages the assessment and quality assurance element of the Approved Contractor Scheme.


National Security Business

Pauline Norstrom Anekanta Consulting

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.


Satia Rai IPSA

Satia has 30 years of experience in the industry from frontline service to management and senior leadership and is an industry champion for EDI. She is currently Chief Executive of IPSA and Head of Belonging for Securitas UK.

Roy Cooper Professional Security Magazine

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 to doing sales for installation, manufacturing and distribution. 


Lisa Baskott  2nd Line of Defence 

Lisa is Founder and CEO of a recruitment agency specialising in front line security personnel in the UK’s private security industry, with a focus is on filling roles with a new, diverse and inclusive workforce. 

Mike Hurst  HJA Consult

Mike 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. 

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