Women in Security awards

by Mark Rowe

IFSEC 2013 was the occasion for this year’s Professional Security Magazine Women in Security (WiS) awards.

Pictured are left to right Una Riley, Professional Security Magazine columnist and founder of the awards, and Adrienne Hall, the Settle-based general manager at Microsoft. She flew from the west of the United States to Birmingham to attend the Monday night dinner at IFSEC, to collect her award.

The other winners were Jane Farrell of the services contractor Sodexo; and Claire Richter, of Serenity Security Solutions, the Manchester-based guarding and door staff contractor.

Judges included Di Thomas, the general manager of The Security Institute; James Kelly, BSIA chief executive; Mike White, chairman of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA); Lynn Watts-Plumpkin, of the SSAIB inspectorate; Baroness Henig, the former chairman of the Security Industry Authority (SIA); and Jeff Little, chief exec of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI).

Runners-up were Glynne Evans of Olive Group; Yasmeen Stratton, of recruitment firm SSR Personnel; Andrea Jones, of consultancy Jomu Ltd; Michelle Bailey, of Active Response Security Services; and Bobby Minty, of Total Training Consultancy.

The awards were first presented in April 2012 at the ASIS Europe annual conference, in London. The aims: to celebrate achievement among women in the private security sector, and to promote private security as an occupation for women as much as for men.

To apply for the 2014 awards, keep an eye on the Professional Security website and the monthly print magazine.

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