This year’s Securitas Community Awards have taken place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Birmingham. The awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work by Securitas employees over the past year. The award ceremony was the culmination of a number of reward schemes, based on performance and contribution to the community.
The finalists and winners of eleven categories were announced throughout the course of the evening, during which all in attendance enjoyed the stories of impressive acts of innovation, bravery and contribution to the community.
- Outstanding Act – James Edmunds
- Vigilance – Richard Sillitoe
- Core Values – Elaine McDermid
- Helpfulness – Barry Richards
- Community – Trish Jones
- Leadership – Jonathan Wild and Jordan Lavin
- Integrity – Ian Parke
- Innovation – Maria Ostrowsky
- Safety First – David Bone
- Best Team – The British American Tobacco Team
- Outstanding Act – Peter Garbutt, David Fitzpatrick, Mike Goodburn, Richard Oliver
- Vigilance – Paul Wilson
- Core Values – Alex McMahon
- Helpfulness – George Elliot
- Community – David Levy
- Leadership – Gary Agnew and Stephen Bringhurst
- Integrity – Alex Wilson
- Innovation – Steve Fisher
- Safety First – Anthony Morris
- Best Team – The MediaCityUK team
Commenting on the evening, Securitas Chief Operating Officer, Shaun Kennedy, said: “Another great opportunity to recognise and reward our officers who go over and above the call of duty to deliver an excellent service to our customers. Those here tonight really should be proud of their achievements and I hope this year’s awards inspire more officers to strive to be next year’s winners.”
In addition, the Securitas Good Customer Award, in association with RISK-UK was presented to Hertfordshire University. This special accolade is designed to reward those customers who have contributed greatly to an improvement in the standards and perception of the security industry as a whole.
The evening raised £2,580 for this year’s dedicated charity, Wooden Spoon (the Children’s Charity of Rugby), funding life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children
Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “These Awards offer a rare chance to bring together our customers, partners and suppliers to celebrate the achievements of our people and I’m very proud of each and every one of them.
“They also recognise that our officers are not simply chasing intruders but, in some cases, they are actually saving lives and I believe it’s very important that we continue to highlight their endeavours which go far beyond the duties of a typical security officer.”
Thanks go to supporters of the awards who included Marks & Spencer, Peel Land & Property and Peel MediaCity UK, Sainsbury’s, the University of Hertfordshire, London Fire Brigade, British Gas, Peter Drew Contracts Ltd, Link Central, Innovise, and Smartguard.