We are pleased to announce the winners of the British Security Awards recognising security officers and companies working to keep people, property and places professionally protected during the last 18 months.
You can also download our winners' souvenir programme as well including citations and photos.
Congratulations to you all!
The 2023 winners are:
Service to the Customer: Margaret Rudge, Bidvest Noonan
During her 34 years’ service, Margaret has witnessed and overcome some of the most turbulent periods in Yorkshire and indeed the UK's history. Throughout, she has been a reassuring presence to commuters, maintaining public safety even during the most trying times. Despite the challenges, Margaret remained dedicated to her role in ensuring public safety and security - a dependable and trusted figure among customers and those who rely on her.
Security Manager of the Year: Rhoni Ikhide, Securitas UK
Rhoni consistently strives for excellence and over the last 12 months has created a culture of continued service improvement and efficiencies, while allowing the time needed to coach and mentor other managers and staff to inspire and lead with enthusiasm and compassion, and is an integral part of the client’s business.
Outstanding Act: Babar Awan, Lodge Service
Babar’s actions in dealing with a violent gang whilst protecting their intended victim, team members and customers, has been praised, highlighting his bravery, tenacity and professionalism. His quick reaction on the day played a significant part in the offenders being apprehended.
Best Team: The Brewery, MAN Commercial Protection
The Brewery security team have been described as exceptional by their client, tenants and public, delivering outstanding services in dealing with a wide-range of challenging and dangerous situations from suicides, medical emergencies, anti-social behaviour, fires, accidents and much more.
Gaby Hutchinson Award: Jack Davenport, Westgrove Group
Within the relatively short time Jack has been in the industry, here, he has already been involved in and resolved multiple issues including administering first aid, preventing bike thefts, multiple shoplifters and assaults; he has even found time to go the extra mile by volunteering to assist the maintenance team. He consistently seeks to deliver excellence, with an unyielding hunger to learn.
People, Property Places: Professionally Protected Recognition: Danny Varao, Corps Security
Danny uses his excellent management style and incredible eye for detail, with a remarkable ability to read situations, both good and bad, allowing him to pre-empt any potential security breach. He has also been instrumental in developing a professional and effective team, and successfully implementing new measures and policies. Taking the lead, Danny perseveres, motivates his team, and inspires others with his dedication.
Apprentice of the Year: Lauren Haddock, ATG Access & Andrei Puscasiu, TDS
Our two winners were awarded for their exemplary work in their respective companies: throughout her apprenticeship, Lauren has continuously displayed her commitment, development and advance in skill set, resulting in her becoming highly valued – Andrei is an advocate for continuous personal development even paying for further courses, believing in the importance to continue developing his technical knowledge in a constantly changing industry and world.
Best Use of Technology: Lodge Service
Lodge are being awarded for proving experts in technology, project management and recruiting a great onsite team, meeting the client's requirements in successfully building a National Security Operations Centre. The client now has a highly secure and reliable system that has maximised security innovation and helped minimize losses.
Installer of the Year: Galliford Try Asset Intelligence
The team overcame all odds to pull out the stops and deliver a multimillion, multi-site security upgrade that resulted in the enhanced safety of more than 15 million lives and ensured the surrounding environment was not inadvertently affected. Delivered on time and within budget to the highest of standards, the project has been highly commended by client.
Environmental Project of the Year: Loomis UK
With ultra-thin solar mats fitted to CViT vehicles that use harvested energy, Loomis’s carbon footprint reduction scheme has resulted in a yearly reduction of 4.5t Co2 emissions per vehicle whilst improving battery life and reducing fuel consumption by 6%.
National Partnership: G4S and partners
The JLL partnership of G4S, Mitie and Bidvest Noonan is being recognised for its service partners coming together to share knowledge, information and work towards one common goal, to provide a seamless and consistent service delivery approach for all of our clients, delivered by four of the largest security providers in the UK, working alongside each other and delivering a highly effective mobilisation.
Innovative Security Project: Pyronix
CarDefender is being recognised for its deterrent against forced ‘smash and grab’ and unforced keyless entry. Using a three-axis accelerometer combining shock and tilt technology it means impact to the vehicle or movement of the device triggers the alarm.
EDI Champion: STM Group
By creating a safe and welcoming environment for women at STM, this initiative has ultimately led to more females in senior roles with 80% of apprentices being female and in 33% in senior roles, highlighting the business's philosophy of valuing the impact of women on the wellbeing of the business.
Corporate Social Responsibility: Bradbury Group
A family-owned business, Bradbury Group thrive on providing its employees with the best possible support and personal development - they also appreciate the impact a business can make on the local area, and pride themselves on supporting local charities Most recently, they have been working hard to support our employees in offsetting the rising cost of living, and developing employee benefits to support them.
SME of the Year: Selectamark Security Systems
Founded in 1985, Selectamark aim of helping individuals and organisations protect their valuable items of the property has seen them marking property for more than 100 million valuable items worldwide. With a team of 20 they continue to flourish, achieving an impressive 59% growth in turnover in 2022.
Business of the Year: Corps Security
Alongside being the oldest private security company in the UK, Corps are also the most prominent provider offering a multi-faceted service providing in-person guarding and technology; these two services incorporated into one allows them to offer flexible solutions that coordinate people and technology whilst improving efficiency across security provisions.
Contribution to the Industry: Nigel Brown, Mitie
Nigel has been pivotal in ensuring that security for the BBC is in the best place with the highest standards, best training and best use of data for a great many years. The people past and present who have benefited from his coaching reach far and wide across our industry and each of them are using the same methods of coaching and mentoring to deliver the "Nigel standard" to other contracts or departments.
Police Partnership Initiative: Metropolitan Police Flying Squad
Operation Atoll was a successful partnership in bringing an organised criminal gang to justice, being charged with multiple offences including conspiracy to rob stealing nearly £400,000, conspiracy to possess a firearm, handling stolen goods including stolen vehicles to the value of £140,000 and supplying Class A controlled offences. Upon being convicted, the gang received between them a total of 141 years in sentences.
Public Bravery: Mohammed Ali
Our winner took on three armed robbers who hit him over the head with a crowbar and threatened him with a sawn-off shotgun in the middle of the night. He woke up to find the three men on his landing. They were armed with a gun, a knife from his kitchen and a crowbar. During the robbery, he sustained a head injury and was also threatened with the sawn-off shotgun which was discharged by one of the robbers at close range.
Industry Bravery: Andrew Shackleton, NoteMachine
Andrew was recognised for his actions in dealing with a violent robber who pointed a gun in his face during an attempted courier robbery. Although under immense pressure in a threatening situation, Andrew refused time and again to hand over the money, reasoning with the offender, managing to talk him into laying down his gun and handing himself over when the police arrived on the scene.
Chairman's Awards: Paul Connelly, CSS
Paul started out as an apprentice in 1979 with Maxim, before starting his own company in 1986 with his two brothers. The company has since acquired and merged 30 companies in just 5 years, making them one of the biggest alarm service providers in Scotland with over 160 employees.
Chairman's Awards: Satia Rai, IPSA/Securitas UK
Satia started out in frontline security in the 1990s, progressing from retail security into management and leadership roles, with a strong record of leading transformational change and making their way to Chief Executive level and is a strong advocate and champion of EDI in the industry.