Imbert award

by Mark Rowe

Dr Alison Wakefield was the 2017 winner of the annual Imbert Prize, nominated by the Security Institute. She’s pictured left on stage at the annual conference of the Association of Security Consultants, Consec, at the Marriott Heathrow on Thursday afternoon, October 12. More pictures in the November 2017 print issue of Professional Security.

Pictured right is ASC chairman Joe Connell. Later as a member of a panel she warned that the threat of terrorism came not only from attacks, but the effect on our way of life; and that ‘authoritarian measures’ fed the terrorist cause. Afterwards she said of the award to Professional Security: “It was just a great surprise and completely unexpected.” The academic is course leader of the degree in risk and security management, at the University of Portsmouth. She’s doing research on crime data sharing and multi-agency crisis management exercises.

Earlier in 2017, the ASC Imbert Award lunch saw association patron Sir Hugh Orde (among the speakers at Consec) present the dissertation prize to Major Paul Ramsey (Cranfield University). ASC director Warren Collins was given the consultancy prize; and former chairs Roy Sutherland and Allan Hildage were made honorary life members.

The ASC’s last events of the year are the quarterly business group meeting at Armoury House, City Road, London EC1Y, on November 16; and a House of Lords dinner on December 1.

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