Corps were delighted to present a large cheque to leading veteran’s mental health charity, Combat Stress, at their supporters’ dinner in London. The Tour De Corps team raised over £11,000 for the charity in April by cycling from Glasgow to London during a gruelling 7-day challenge.
Our colleagues cycled the length of the country, beginning at the Corps Monitoring Alarm Receiving Centre in Glasgow, and visiting all local branch offices of Corps Security on the way, including Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, until reaching the finish line in Farringdon, London, 7 days later.
Andy Topp, Sales and Marketing Director at Corps Security and participant on the Tour De Corps challenge commented: “We were delighted to attend the fundraising dinner for Combat Stress in May and felt this provided the perfect opportunity to present our Tour de Corps cheque. We would like to thank the amazing riders for such a stella effort, and to all those who sponsored us throughout the week, which saw us surpass our initial £5,000 target at the beginning of the challenge and passing our secondary target of £10,000 by the end of day 7. Every penny raised will support UK veterans with their mental health, and in particular their families to help those veterans integrate into civilian life.”
Combat Stress’ annual Supporters Dinner provides the charity with the opportunity to thank their supporters, whilst raising money through speeches, an auction and silent auction which raises thousands of pounds to support the essential work of the charity.
As a Social Enterprise, we made a commitment to Combat Stress alongside a few other charities, in support of UK veterans, with some customers donating 1% of their contract value to the charity every year.
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At an invite only event on Thursday, 18th May 2023, Corps Security encouraged the security and FM industries to come together and help to break the stigma around mental health.
Security officers have a difficult and sometimes physically impactful job, and a 2020 study by key speaker, Professor Mark Button, found that poor mental health is prevalent, with 40% of officers showing signs of PTSD.
The event was an opportunity for the security industry to come together to understand mental health and start to make changes in support of the tens of thousands of security personnel across the country.
After an introduction from Corps’ managing director, Paul Lotter, the audience were educated on how to identify poor mental health in individuals, and how this may manifest in our teams. Christie Alkin, Lead Research Occupational Therapist at Combat Stress delivered some real insight in this area.
Professor Mark Button followed, with more details on his research into the industry, in its first public presentation since its release in April 2020.
The next speaker, Mike Hurst is the director of SecurityMindsMatter. For those unaware, this voluntary group have mental health in the security industry at their core, making Mike’s speech the most important when reaching out to the wider security industry.
Following a video of security personnel discussing their mental health, it was time to commit to improvement in the industry.
Corps Security pledges to FOUR key commitments
Chris Middleton, Director of Major Accounts at Corps Security and member of SecurityMindsMatter took to the stage to discuss what the immediate future would look like.
The event was the opportunity for the security industry to come together and commit to improving mental health in the sector and break the stigma around it. Corps therefore made the decision to ‘get the ball rolling’ by making some essential commitments, announced on the day. So, what are they, and how can other security companies get involved?
OFFICER SIGNPOSTING CARDS
SecurityMindsMatter have created signposting cards for all officers, with QR codes and resources for officers and colleagues to access online support around their mental health. Corps Security have printed 5,000 for its officers. Other companies can do the same, with their own logos, by contacting Mike Hurst directly. Will you commit to this?
OPEN DAYS AT CORPS SECURITY’S LONDON OFFICE
Corps have agreed to two open days at its facilities in Farringdon, London – where mental health training will be provided to senior personnel and managers across the security sector. If you would like members of your team to join these sessions, contact details are below.
MENTAL HEALTH CONTINUUM
A mental health continuum has been created, off the back of the great work done by the Ambulance Service. The continuum allows individuals, or managers, to identify where a person sits on the mental health spectrum and provide guidance and signposting support for anyone in need. Get yourself a copy on the contact details below.
SECURITY MENTAL HEALTH COVENANT
To encourage long-term commitment to the cause, it has been proposed and is widely supported that security companies sign up to a Mental Health Covenant specifically for the security industry. SecurityMindsMatter has someone with experience prepared to develop it, but the team are keen to ensure every security business in the UK can be involved in its conception.
These commitments are already agreed by Corps at Board level. The team are now looking to the wider industry to engage and get involved.
Watch the event:
You can view the entire event, as recorded live on the Corps Security LinkedIn page or on the Corps Security YouTube channel.
How to get involved:
If you would like to discuss the signposting cards, have new ideas, would like to receive the current continuum or are keen to be involved in the development of the covenant, please contact:
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Each year, World FM Day recognises the commitment of the facilities management industry to developing and supporting the built environment. FM keeps our world going day to day, it underpins the operations of millions of businesses globally and supports a greater number of people every year.
As part of an industry with such far reaching impact, making a real difference has become a responsibility for all players in FM. Corps Security takes this responsibility seriously, going beyond keeping people and assets safe – we’re all about making a real difference at a national and local level.
In 1859, the Corps of Commissionaires was founded to provide gainful employment to the servicemen returning from the Crimean War. Since then, our social mission has been the backbone of our business and has seen Corps elevated thanks to our commitment to supporting UK veterans and reinvesting our profits to invest in our people.
As a certified Social Enterprise, Corps is proudly one of the UK’s most ethical security firms. Corps Security fully endorses the Real Living Wage and our engagement with the Living Wage Foundation is fundamental to our organisation, with our CEO, Mike Bullock, taking an active role.
We continue to tackle diversity, equity and inclusion in our recruitment process while providing support for our diverse workforce through our award-winning Corps Together initiative which provides wellbeing resources and help for our colleagues.
We also believe in making a real difference through supporting the underrepresented veterans community and the less fortunate. Earlier this year, a team from Corps took on the Tour de Corps cycle challenge to raise funds for our charity partner, Combat Stress – the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. The team covered over 1200km from Glasgow to London and raised over £10,000 for Combat Stress.
In April, Corps Security donated over 40 unrequired uniform suits to Suited and Booted, a charity helping vulnerable, unemployed and low-income individuals into employment by providing suitable clothing and interview advice. Corps has also agreed to provide vehicle support, when possible, to collect donations and deliver them to the charity headquarters.
Historically, the security industry has battled an invisible enemy, affecting our colleagues in the form of poor mental health. Research shows that up to 40% of security officers display symptoms of PTSD while its estimated that security officers are the third highest industry impacted by suicide.
While many intitaitves exist to address mental health in the security industry, we believe that by coming together to overcome the stigma around mental health, we can make a real difference. This month, Corps is bringing together security and FM leaders and professionals alongside the #SecurityMindsMatter team and Combat Stress to help influence real change in our industry at a special event.
A History of Looking Forward
For over 160 years, we have been evolving our mission through the ages and many societal changes to support the communities we’re part of today and continue to make a real difference in society.
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Mental Health in the security industry is a topic that needs to be addressed. In recent years, we have seen new initiatives appear, engagement with Employee Assistance Programmes increase and modules of training introduced to help to address this growing and prominent issue. At the time, this was in reaction to the pandemic, but it is essential now that we address the invisible enemy affecting our industry colleagues.
Our event on 18th May will be bringing together security professionals alongside the #SecurityMindsMatter team and Combat Stress to begin to influence real change in our industry – spaces are limited to 100 people for this event venue so timely registration is recommended.
Did you know…
According to a University of Plymouth study, 40% of security officers displayed symptoms of PTSD.
According to research by the Consortium for the Prevention of Suicide, Security Officers are the third highest industry impacted by suicide.
Everyone has initiatives in place. Everyone has amazing ideas. But the time for working siloed is over – it’s time to come together and let’s remove the stigma, together! Talking is good, but now it is time for collective action!
The team have secured leading experts in this area to educate and inform and help us to take the next step in improving mental health in the security sector. These include the Lead Research Occupational Therapist from Combat Stress, and leading figures from Security Minds Matter – introduced by Corps Security’s CEO and finalising with a Q&A panel session. Full schedule of events will follow soon.
When and Where?
Date: 18th May 2023
Timings: Event: 14:00-16:00 | Networking and Refreshments 16:00-17:00
Venue: In and Out Club, 4 St James’s Square, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4JU
Tickets and Delegates:
Tickets for this event are free and open to anyone in the security sector working in executive or management positions, HR/people managers, and those in the FM sector with a vested investment in security.
Corps ensures less fortunate interviewees can be Suited and Booted
The Corps Security team in London have made its first donation to Suited and Booted. But this wasn’t a monetary donation, but instead the team provided over 40 ex uniform suits – trousers, jackets, and shirts, for the less fortunate.
Our colleague, Clarence (pictured) delivered the items to the charity which provides help to vulnerable, unemployed, and low-income men to get into employment. For those men, it is not affordable to pop out and buy the clothes required to look the part for their interview, so alongside professional support, and advice on interview technique and more, that charity provides donated items from companies across the capital. In turn, all candidates who seek the help of the charity have a much higher chance of success and could find themselves getting that all important role.
One step further…
Following the delivery of Corps’ 40 suits in the Corps Security vehicle, Clarence spent time looking at the amazing work that the charity does. Within the conversation, the charity shared an issue with which they suffer – collecting donations. As a not-for-profit charity, with volunteers, many do not have a vehicle to collect donations from London companies.
Clarence and the team have since agreed to provide support with the Corps Security vehicle, when possible, to get those all-important donations to the charity headquarters.
You can find out more about Suited and Booted, to learn how to donate or volunteer click here.
Day Five was the hardest day for weather, Wales didn’t disappoint with mist, fog, rain and so much more.
Sadly, Day Five was the first and hopefully last time that a stretch of the challenge had to be skipped. The weather created dangers as roads were waterlogged, and there was a real danger that the bikes could get damaged or more concerningly injuries could occur.
After a quick recovery from the support team van, the team arrived at the Cardiff office where the team had laid on a spread and more importantly hot tea and coffee too.
Well done to Andy Topp, Sales and Marketing Director who joined as a guest rider. More from Rob, below.
Here is Rob Hill about to set off on Day Six with an update on Day Five…
Day Four – Stafford to Ross-on-Wye
Bike issues meant Dale Johnson had to pull out….
Day Four threw a few challenges at the team, none more so that Dale Johnson, who after many issues with his bike has had to make the extremely tough decision to pull out of the challenge. We want to take this opportunity to praise the amazing effort Dale has put into this challenge and for pacing through hundreds of miles despite equipment issues. Thank you, Dale! We appreciate every mile and minute.
You may have noticed if you were watching live that the team struggled to get out of Stafford. After a few laps the team were on route to Birmingham – albeit hitting traffic and roadworks on the way.
The team were surprised to see Neil Shanks join them (in a vehicle, not on a bike), taking some amazing photos (some of these are below) and dropping off a hamper of amazing goodies for the team. The riders soon reached the Birmingham office where they were also greeted by the Corps team.
Sadly, we have had some tracking device issues so apologies that we cannot see the whole route today. But, Rob fills you in below.
Here is Rob Hill about to set off on Day Five with an update on Day Four…
Pictures courtesy of Neil Shanks
Day Three – Leeds to Stafford via Manchester
The weather gave the team a boost
Day Three took the team from Leeds in the heart of Yorkshire, via the Manchester office to the lovely town of Stafford.
Unlike Day Two, the team had less issues, in fact – the weather held up for the day and the team were able to pick up pace as they trekked down the west side of the UK. Rob – he was waiting for the hotel receptionist to dry his clothes. Don’t know how he smooth talked his way into that one!
The team are in good spirits. They are tired, but they know how important these vital funds are to Combat Stress and the UK veterans they support. So, if you can, please give generously. Thank you!
Day Three: Results
Climbing to an altitude of over 6,652ft, and averaging a speed of 38 mph, covering 93 miles the day three team smashed it.
You can now watch the journey with 3d landscape modelling, check out this link…
Here is Jon Cox, the team’s Support Driver with an update as the team set off on Day Four.
Here is Corps’ Chief Executive, Mike Bullock showing support for our amazing cyclists as they stop by the Manchester office:
Day Two – Carlisle to Leeds
Freezing falls and fords
Following an incredible feat on day one, the team set off at 8:30am on one of the hardest days of the 7-day challenge. Day two also saw the arrival of Carly Bedford from the Leeds office, fresh and unfazed by the challenge, Carly began to set the pace for the lads as they felt the pain of day two.
Day two threw some challenges at the team too. Riding at over 7,800ft, the team faces severely cold weather, battling snow at the high altitude, not quite what you expect in early April. The pace and pressure of the challenge began to show, as Scott misses a turn and when trying to correct himself on the winding back road, had a little tumble. After a couple of mins in the support van, he was once again off with the team.
If anyone has experienced a countryside Ford, you will know you do all you can to avoid it. As Rob and Carly make use of the foot bridge as they were now a few minutes ahead of the other two, the boys didn’t think so quickly on their feet and as such decided to have a little swim in the freezing cold water. Ouch! But again, once stripped (yes naked) and reclothed, off they went to the finish line.
The team would like to give a massive shout out to Andy Bedford, Carly’s husband, who joined Rob for the last 40km of the cycle as the team took on the cycle route made famous by the Tour de France. Thank you, Andy.
Day Two: Results
Climbing to an altitude of over 7,800ft, the team cycled over 119 miles in 8.5 hours. What an
Here is Scott with an update as the team set off on Day Three.
The Tour de Corps riders have set off on the 700-mile challenge for Combat Stress. The team set off from Glasgow at 8:30am on Sunday 23rd April 2023, on the 7-day challenge raising essential funds for Combat Stress.
On day one, Rob Hill, Scott Hudson and Dale Johnson set off from the Corps Monitoring office in Glasgow. Day one was not kind, as the team faced wind and rain as they faced the steep inclines of the Scottish landscape.
The team battled the elements to complete the 116 miles to Carlisle, passing Douglas, Lockerbie and Gretna Green before reaching Carlisle around 7pm.
Distance Covered on Day One:
Here’s is the team heading to the finish line of their first day, for a well-earned shower, dry clothes, hot meal, and rest.
Here is Rob Hill with his Day One Vlog:
And the team approaching the finish at the end of Day One:
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Corps Security is delighted to announce that EcoVadis has awarded us the Silver Medal (top 25% of Sustainability performing companies in the UK).
EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability ratings service for companies, delivered via a global cloud-based SaaS platform. The EcoVadis Rating covers a broad range of non-financial management systems, including Environmental, Labour & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement impacts. Each company is rated on the material issues as they pertain to their company’s size, location, and industry.
To drive global supply chain sustainability, large multinational corporations will partner with EcoVadis, leveraging the influence of spending as a “force for good” to push trading partners beyond compliance. The rated company can see how its score compares to the benchmark in its industry. Combining the scorecard results with improvement areas results in a “race to the top,” in which whole sectors compete to achieve global best practices.
What this means for Corps Security…
It is becoming increasingly required for companies to have a sustainable supply chain at a minimum of silver medal status, primarily when they operate internationally, but work with differing suppliers in each territory. Therefore, this awarding will ensure Corps Security can bid and secure broader UK contracts from international companies moving forward.
It doesn’t stop there. Corps Security will continue to work alongside our suppliers and customers to evolve our reporting and processes to reach Platinum status in the next few years.
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After three and a half years, the third and final report of the independent public inquiry of the Manchester Arena Terror Attack in 2017 in which 23 people were killed and 1,017 were injured, has been published with heavy implications for all stakeholders in the operation of venues and public sites nationwide.
2022 saw a significant ramping up of awareness around Protect Duty now to be known officially as Martyn’s Law, with great credit due to the tireless work by Figen Murray OBE, the mother of Martyn Hett – a victim of the attack – and her team, including her husband, Stuart. Corps Security and other companies have been engaging with and studying consultation documents to understand how clients will be impacted.
In October Corps Consult invited Figen Murray to address 90 of our own clients at the Royal Opera House, London, and spread the critical importance for support of Protect Duty. Raising awareness across the professional security sector has seen great momentum, with LinkedIn providing a useful platform.
Shortly after the second report of the inquiry was released, another devastating incident occurred at the O2 Academy in Brixton involving a ‘crowd crush’ on December 15th which claimed the lives of two concert goers. Since that incident, whistle-blowers from the venue’s medical provider have come forward saying that only half the advised medical staff were on duty that night.
This tragic incident, while not ostensibly terror related, is an example of how future mandatory requirements of the expected Protect Duty legislation will help prevent and mitigate crowd control issues too. The collateral positive impact of the legislation on risks, aside from terrorism, will be huge.
The third and final report released this month (March 2023) has examined whether the attack could have been prevented if the Security Service (MI5) had taken different steps. The report identified a “significant missed opportunity to take action” which could have prevented the attack from happening citing communication breakdowns between MI5 and Counter Terrorism Police.
The implications of Protect Duty are significant, as businesses that implement its guidelines and requirements will benefit not only from the prevention and mitigation of terror related threats, but also from those relating to criminal actions and crowd control issues.
Although the exact details of the new legislation is yet to be announced, it is set to compel businesses and organisations to have in place the necessary detailed plans and procedures for protecting people at all future events.
Even before the incident at the O2 Academy Brixton, Figen Murray met with Rishi Sunak and other ministers to emphasise the importance of Protect Duty legislation becoming law. The incident in Brixton is indeed a tragic coincidence that brings the breadth of Protect Duty’s importance back into focus. If Protect Duty had been in place by December, more than three years after the Manchester Arena terror attack, lifesaving and mitigating precautions at the O2 Academy may well have been actioned.
In Late 2022, the Home Office released a statement, as part of their Protect Duty consultation document, announcing the likelihood of a separate inspectorate to oversee the individuals responsible for implementing the legislation’s requirements. Members of this inspectorate will need to be drawn from somewhere, and it may be that the inspectorate will become the responsibility of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), or perhaps more likely of the new National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) which has evolved from the former CPNI.
The consultation document outlined the need for designating “suitably qualified persons” in each venue to be appointed as the responsible person for implementing the Protect Duty provisions. The implications will be far reaching.
We can expect the new legislation to mandate requirements for conducting extensive security risk and vulnerability assessments. Once these processes and practices are in place for securing events, then regardless of business size, such measures cannot be abandoned for general daily business activities. The effect will be to create enhanced levels of resilience across organisations encompassing a wide range of business sectors.
The consultation document reminds us that there is currently no legislative requirement for organisations to employ or consider public security measures at the vast majority of public places. Given this, the new legislation will constitute a ground-breaking development leading to overall enhancements in security risk management and resilience.
Of course, we need to keep in mind that the requirements of the Private Security Act 2001 only became fully implemented three years after that Act was passed, and equally with Protect Duty there will likely be a ‘soak in’ period to allow venues and organisations to become compliant. This could take the form of a phased roll out where at the end of the ‘soak in’ period penalties will apply.
The responsibility and accountability for the implications of Protect Duty will likely extend beyond the owners and operators of sites, and will capture event organisers and those responsible for security. The Manchester Arena terror attack laid bare the chinks in the armour around responsibility, and exposed the shortcomings that emanated from private security, the police, the other blue light services as well as the operators of the venue. It also highlighted certain shortcomings on the part of the Security Service (MI5)
As the roll out of Protect Duty edges closer, the remainder of 2023 will see a period of fast learning for everyone set to be impacted by the legislation. Protect Duty’s impact will extend well beyond event security, and consequently everyone in the FM community will need to think about the steps that need to be taken and the preventative measures to be put in place.
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Andy Topp, Sales and Marketing Director at Corps Security
Corps Security welcomes some of the highlights from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement (March 2023), predominantly the announcements designed to cut the costs to our colleagues’ way of life with the rising cost of living.
Corps Security will continue to support colleagues with the cost-of-living crisis, especially our core contract staff, who have been significantly affected by rising energy and fuel prices. In recent weeks we have launched new benefits, a discount scheme and a raft of internal communications to help our colleagues budget, find advice and feel supported.
Whilst the budget was favourable to our colleagues, the support for businesses in the FM and Security sectors was minimal.
With the Treasury continuing with the Corporation Tax rise to 25% from 19%, many of our customers are directly impacted. The knock-on effect will be that these companies will have to reduce investment across their businesses, reducing investment in essential focuses such as ESG and Corporate Sustainability. In turn, we will see contract values adversely challenged, meaning stunted growth in a sector already challenged with staff shortages and a lack of wage growth with many contracted workers still not being paid at least the real Living Wage. This is very disappointing, and we hope to see additional investment in the business sector to counter this growing issue.
The final comment I would like to make is around ‘Returnships’. The security and FM sectors have huge skills gaps and recruitment is an ongoing issue. We, therefore, welcome the measures to get the “experienced” people in the over 50s category back into work; however, we will refrain from further comment until the Treasury has fleshed out the training and support programme that it has alluded to.
Corps Security will continue to work with our customers to ensure we can provide as a minimum, the real Living Wage for our contract colleagues and improve efficiencies and the effectiveness of our services to ensure the opportunity to raise colleague pay remains a viable option. Our teams will collaborate with all stakeholders over the coming weeks to provide assistance and discuss the implications of the budget on them.
Corps – alongside our partners Moonhub – were delighted to win the Outstanding Security Training Initiative Award which was sponsored by the BSIA. Training is vital in the security industry, with officers required to upskill regularly to maintain their knowledge of the threats that face businesses and individuals throughout the UK. Our partnership with Moonhub brings the training alive by integrating essential training with world-leading virtual reality solutions. Alongside initial training, Moonhub is also able to create site-specific programmes that allow new and existing colleagues to train a virtual world that exactly replicates the conditions of our customer’s sites.
We are delighted to win this award, especially at such a crucial juncture for our industry as we prepare new learning and development to comply with the upcoming counter-terrorism legislation, Martyn’s Law / Protect Duty which is due later this year. Real-life scenarios will play a vital role in ensuring our teams lead the industry in counter-terrorism training, and we lead the way in ensuring the public, our colleagues and customers are offered the highest level of protection.
Well done to the whole team involved in this project – from both Corps and Moonhub.
It’s not all about the winning!
Corps Security was shortlisted for six OSPAs, but you can’t win them all and we commend the winners for the fantastic work they are doing to deliver security excellence and protect our society.
I want to take the time to celebrate our colleagues. Whilst the company was shortlisted, so were our colleagues individually. Whilst they didn’t win in their categories, they were up against the best in the industry and should feel proud to have been shortlisted for the work that do for our customers.
Daniel Baquero – CBRE / Channel 4: Shortlisted for Outstanding Young Security Professional
We were delighted to see Daniel Baquero – who works at the CBRE managed, Channel 4 site – shortlisted for Young Security Professional. Daniel is responsible for the security of all Channel 4’s sites, nationally. Channel 4 is a 24 hour operation, including live broadcast locations. Daniel has a background in intelligence, which made him perfect for this role.
Daniel is incredible organised and runs a tight ship. His management style, training skills and understanding of the complex threats associated with the client are second to none.
Daniel is a credit to Corps Security, CBRE and Channel 4 and in our eyes is already a winner – he doesn’t need a trophy to prove it. Well done, Daniel.
One final person I would like to take the time to champion and celebrate is Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyl – Executive Director of Corps Consult.
Our team secretly nominated Mike for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the OSPAs – he attended the award ceremony without any idea that he was on the shortlist. It was a highly contested award, and with great humility, Mike said that he was delighted for the winner who he had known for some time.
I want to take this opportunity to share some information about Mike.
Mike joined the professional security sector in 2007, becoming Director of Security Consulting at Independent Consulting Group until 2010. April 2010 saw Mike’s first role within Corps Security, where he joined the company as Director of Security Consulting. Mike has since held the title of Executive Director of Security Consulting in a newly formed area of the business, Corps Consult. Mike remains the cornerstone of the Corps Consult team, using his military and defence experience, alongside his professional and academic qualifications, to enhance the security review and consultation process for the UK’s longest-running private security company.
Throughout his career, Mike has spent many years contributing to raising standards and professionalism in the private security industry. An early Member and Fellow of the Security Institute, Mike spent four years on the Institute’s Validation Board and a further eight years on the Main Board, of which four years were served as Institute Chairman. He is now Chair Emeritus.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Security Institute, Mike led the team which developed and implemented the ground-breaking Register of Chartered Security Professionals in 2011. Mike has since spent over ten years as the CSyP Ambassador.
Mike has subsequently been involved as the Panel Leader for BS16000:2015 ‘Security Management and Operational Guidelines’, a role which later saw him appointed as the Chair of the Technical Committee under BSI SSM1/2. Additionally, Mike is a member of the BSI Security Strategy Group.
Mike has also been an active member of the ‘Skills for Security’ Working Group, which in 2012 updated the National Occupational Standards for Security Search Operations.
In 2013, in his capacity as a member of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Police and Public Services Section, Mike was invited to lead the development of the new BSIA Code of Practice for security Searches.
Mike’s community engagement goes beyond security into his other life passions, not least giving back to the Jewish Community.
I think it is safe to say that is a lifetime of massive achievement. Mike may not be holding a trophy, but he holds the respect of 3,500+ colleagues and Corps Security is all the better thanks to him. From all of us, thank you Mike!
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