We are pleased to announce the winners of the British Security Awards recognising security officers and companies working to keep people, property and places safe during the last 18 months.
Congratulations to you all!
The 2021 winners are:
Best Newcomer: Katelyn Gordon - Mitie
In a short period, Katelyn has established herself as a reliable and well-equipped customer service advisor, excelling in the delivery of communication along with the understanding of what the role is. She is a quick learner who has been involved in many incidents and her knowledge base has grown exponentially as she familiarises herself with the requirements and expectations surrounding a CCTV operator.
Service to the Customer: Anthony Chell - Mitie
Anthony is a professional at the top of his game, setting the standard for our detectives, providing exceptional value to the client recovering stock with a total value of £41,000. Anthony is the benchmark to which the whole team can aspire to, displaying an exemplary attitude and conduct on a daily basis.
Outstanding Act: Denzil Whathen - Securitas UK
Denzil was awarded for his life saving action after a serious road traffic accident. Throughout the incident Denzil went above and beyond to ensure the casualty received lifesaving care, the site remained protected during a major incident and the communication remained throughout. Without the reaction and actions that Denzil exhibited on the day, the casualty would not have made a full recovery.
Security Manager of the Year: Graham Rouse - Mitie
Graham has been a loyal, reliable and professionally courteous leader in his 21 years of service. In his time Graham has lead change and excelled in the delivery of security and has been integral in managing the building risk strategy from creation and design through to execution to a very high level. His response to Covid-19 and the challenges that this has presented have seen him play a crucial role in planning and supporting access to all its offices.
Best Team: Beacon Shopping Centre Security Team - G4S
The team is renowned for its proactivity to prevent and support local emergency services, customers and retailers against crime this has resulted in a reduction in the number of thefts with a successful assailant capture in over 75%, including most recently working in support of police to result in a successful murder conviction. The centre also provides added value to the town centre by supporting and providing aid to all local businesses with the team’s use of technology and the value added is not only evident for the Beacon centre, but also the town as a whole.
Apprentice of the Year: Jessica Goodson - ADT (Johnson Controls)
In under two years, Jessica has successfully integrated herself into ADT and has gained recognition from her peers at all levels across the organisation due to her outstanding performance. She is an extremely motivated and driven individual and is setting a new standard for Fire and Security apprentices in the industry. A fantastic role model for other aspiring engineers, Jessica is a trailblazer in her own right carving out a successful career path.
National Partnership: Network Rail: Protecting the public, managing risk - STM Group
Since 2019 STM Group’s provision of Suicide Mitigation/Welfare & Security Officers to Network Rail have been working as dedicated personnel to identify vulnerable people who may be at risk of self-harm or suicide at London rail stations and during this time, the partnership has led to over 100 crisis interventions over the last 12 months, which as well as playing a crucial role in saving the lives of vulnerable people has also had a significant impact on reducing delays and cancellations.
Installer of the Year: nmcn
Delivering successful projects for United Utilities, Severn Trent Water and the Met Office, nmcn has been cited for its good working ethics, consistent contribution to customer satisfaction and delivery quality in security. They have also been praised by their clients for exemplary project management approach with a high standard of project paperwork.
Innovative Security Project: GradeShift Pro Radio/Radio (All IP) - CSL Group
GradeShift Pro Radio/Radio represents an industry first as well as an innovative piece of technology by providing totally wireless dual-path alarm signalling, at all grades, for both intruder and fire. Gradeshift provides an existing industry a new application and solution to protect both the security sector and its businesses.
Business of the Year: MAN Commercial Protection
Forming almost 30 years ago, MAN Commercial Protection has grown from 200 employees to over 1400 and has built a robust and resilient client base across many contracts and types of sites. Over the years they have been involved in many high-profile operations such as London’s New Year’s Eve Firework display, major music artists such as Oasis and Paul Weller and sporting figures such as Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe. In the last 12 months MAN Commercial has grown significantly whilst tackling the challenges of COVID-19, playing its part in handling the pandemic through helping to launch a regional testing centre and mobilising six units for the mobile testing centres.
SME of the Year: Corsight AI
Corsight AI disrupts the world of facial recognition by providing a ground-breaking technology that enables real-time and forensic detection and recognition with unmatched accuracy under highly challenging conditions, while safeguarding privacy. Corsight AI has also been ranked as the top performing Western-based facial recognition company and scored 99.65% accuracy when testing facial recognition (without masks), underscoring its ability to accurately identify individuals.
Environmental Project of the Year: Frontline Faceshields Project - Shred Station
Shred Station’s Frontline Face Shield’s project provided over 50,000* face shields for NHS and care staff during the PPE shortage that occurred at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
With the use of their industrial granulator, they were able to turn 3D printer plastic waste into 2mm fragments, meaning it could be reused to create even more face shields and prevent plastic waste from the project going to landfill.
Best Use of Technology: ID Ultra - Reliance High Tech
Reliance High Tech’s ID Ultra incorporates the latest technologies to set new standards in lone worker device performance and usability. It remains the most discreet option to raise alarms for people at risk of aggression from others. With advanced GPS technologies providing accurate locations outdoors, the inclusion of WiFi technology enables ID Ultra to provide location positions indoors, overcoming the basic limitation of GPS based technologies struggling for indoor locations.
Contribution to the Industry: Jason Towse - Mitie
With over 25 years in the industry, Jason’s commitment and dedication to the security sector is unrivalled. He has performed at all operational and commercial levels, developing a wide range of experience that he utilises to great effect at Mitie and across the industry. Over the years he has built a reputation for developing business strategies, managing business change and incubating new operating models in evolving markets, consistently creating people-centric cultures, energising and engaging teams to retain the best talent.
Industry Bravery: Rory Middleton & Mr David Paynter - Loomis
Police Partnership Initiative: DCI Christopher Mossop – Greater Manchester Police
Chairman’s Award: Tony Allen