Double award triumph for Securitas

Peter Speight (2nd left) and Mike Topham (3rd left) pick up the award for Physical Guarding at the CIR Risk Management Awards
Peter Speight (2nd left) and Mike Topham (3rd left) pick up the award for Physical Guarding at the CIR Risk Management Awards

Securitas has scooped two awards in recognition of a ground-breaking risk management model, developed for one of its customers, which has resulted in a substantial security spend reduction in just two years.

The security firm was named winner in the Enterprise Risk Management Project of the Year category at this year’s IFSEC Security & Fire Excellence Awards, held at the Park Lane Hilton, London on 27 November. The announcement followed a win in the ‘Physical Guarding’ category at this year’s CIR Risk Management Awards which were held at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair on 13 November, where Securitas’ Director of Risk Management, Peter Speight, also picked up the award for ‘Risk Manager of the Year’.

The customer, a premier German car manufacturer, had changed security providers a number of times in a relatively short number of years. In order to improve the situation, Securitas believed it was necessary to review the customer’s understanding of security risk analysis and operational security management in order to realise both positive change as well as significant savings.

The model was developed by Peter and one of Britain’s top consultants in the field of enterprise risk management and business continuity, Peter Consterdine. Following the completion of a strategic operations security review, Securitas developed a model for evaluation, analysis and strategy development that now stands out as the most comprehensive and effective model of enterprise risk management. The project has returned impressive results hand-in-hand with significant annual spend reduction.

Peter said: “I’m absolutely delighted and very proud of the whole team. This project has extended far beyond the creation of an enterprise security risk management model. We now have detailed site incident response plans, business continuity plans and crisis management plans firmly in place, all complying with the relevant BS and ISO standards.

“And, not only has the model produced substantial savings since 2012, but has resulted in a competent, well trained security force, capable of demonstrating their ability to face and manage crisis and incident response to incidents of all types and size.”

The security team now works within a new, risk-intelligent environment, where they lead the integration of whole site training, generating co-operation across the site and beyond.

Peter added: “The key to success was making the project sustainable. On-going training plans, contract development plans and strategic reviews all now play a constant part in the relationship to ensure that this strategy develops alongside our customer’s changing risk environment in the future.”

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