Institute VC

by Mark Rowe

Paul Barnard CSyP MSyI is the new Vice Chair of the Security Institute. Paul will work alongside the Institute’s new Chair Peter Lavery FSyI and Deputy Chair Mahbubul Islam CSyP MSyI.

One of just over 200 Chartered Security Professionals (CSyPs), Paul has served as Detective Superintendent and Detective Chief Superintendent for Counter Terrorism in the City of London Police, with overall responsibility for delivery of CONTEST policing, Counter Terrorism funding and engagement with strategic partners, including the Home Office. Since leaving the police, Paul has worked in the private security industry.

Paul succeeds previous Vice Chair, Jonathan Schulten FSyI, who is standing down. As a Non-Executive Director on the Institute’s Board of Directors, Paul has led the Institute’s Next Generation in Security Initiative. That’s work to promote career pathways for young people into security. Through the Institute’s various #NextGen activities, Paul has headed youth engagement within the security sector.

Most recently, Paul has been behind the Institute’s partnership with the EY Foundation and the creation of ‘Secure Futures’. That’s a youth employability programme, which for the first time earlier this year saw 27 young people from low-income households participate in two weeks of digital work experience within the security sector and are being mentored. Pre-covid, Paul made it possible for over 300 volunteer police cadets to attend industry exhibitions such as IFSEC, CTX and the International Security Expo; again, to show what the security sector can offer career-wise.

Paul is the sponsoring Director for the Institute’s Inclusive Security Special Interest Group (IS SIG), supporting the co-chairs Anna-Liisa Tampuu ASyI and Lisa Reilly MSyI in their efforts to provide more opportunities for under-represented groups. Paul has also supported the work being conducted by the Institute’s Counter Terrorism Special Interest Group (CT SIG) as part of the UK Government’s PROTECT Duty Consultation.

Peter Lavery said: “Paul is an active member of the Security Institute’s Board of Directors and brings with him a long and distinguished law enforcement career and more recent commercial experience. Paul has impressed us all with his personal determination and drive for our Next Generation programme with a clear passion for delivering career pathways for young people. Paul brings valued experience and skills to the Institute’s leadership team at a time of increasing importance for the security profession as we consider those issues for the Institute’s strategy and the future.

“Whilst Jonathan is standing down from the Vice Chair role, and his valuable contribution, he remains at ‘active’ Board Director and currently leading on our ‘Protect Duty’ consultation. I look forward to our continuing to work together and his fresh perspectives on the many issues the profession and the Institute face.”

Paul, pictured, said: “I am so proud to have been invited to take up the role of Vice Chairman of the Security Institute, a position I have accepted. I follow in the footsteps of recent incumbents Paul Drury and Johnathan Schulten. Thank you both for the foundations you have laid for the benefit of our members.

“In the middle of a global pandemic, an economic downturn with the added uncertainty and challenges these bring, for me this is an exciting time to be taking on this role. Right now young people, people from diverse backgrounds and from other sectors need to hear loud and clear that the security sector has amazing career opportunities.

“Our membership is growing at a fast pace and our special interest groups are hosting thought leadership sessions, with ever growing influence. This is a great time to be a member of the Security Institute with so many professional development options.

“I will be championing your cause, helping to influence stakeholders for your benefit and help to shape the Security Institutes strategy. I am keen to hear from our members about what your thoughts are on the above subjects, so please do get in touch.”

And Jonathan Schulten added: “It has been an honour to have contributed to the Senior Leadership Team for over two years now, closely supporting Alison Wakefield and Peter Lavery, our respective Chairs. We shall, however, shortly be revisiting our organisational strategy.

“With that in mind the time is right for me to step back from the Vice Chair role in order to create the opportunity for another Director to deliver on driving this forward over the next two to three years. I’m pleased to be passing the baton to Paul Barnard as he personifies the Institute’s ongoing work to ensure the future growth and credibility of the security sector as a pathway of choice. He is well suited to the role and I wish Paul well.

“I look forward to continuing with my responsibilities in delivering our Protect Duty response, supporting a very active CT SIG, chairing the Risk Committee and contributing to the Validation Board.”


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