Don Randall MBE shortlisted for the 2018 UK OSPAs Lifetime Achievement Award

Don Randall
Don Randall MBE

In the lead up to the prestigious Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) awards ceremony and dinner, are going to cover the leading four nominations that have been shortlisted for the 2018 OSPA Lifetime Achievement Award, and as voted for by the judges. This prominent award recognises a senior member of the security community who has been working in the industry for over 30 years. It acknowledges an individual who has consistently shown outstanding performance and who has had a substantial impact upon designing and driving standards in the security sector. Don Randall MBE CSyP FSyI has been shortlisted for this year’s UK OSPAs Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don Randall served with the City of London Police from December 1969 to January 1995. He left the police service at the rank of Superintendent, where he spent four years as Deputy Head of the Fraud Squad and three years in the Operational Support Department. He was the senior ground commander during the ‘Bishopsgate Bomb’ and was integral in the formulation of many of the counter terrorist measures employed by the City of London, in particular the ‘Ring of Steel’.

In 1995, Don was appointed as Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held the post of International Security Manager for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions. In 2008, Don was appointed Head of Security at the Bank of England and in 2013 was appointed as the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer. Don was elected as Chairman of the Global Banks Heads of Security Group in June 2013 to June 2015. Since 2015 he has acted as senior consultant/advisor to a number of prestigious UK and international corporate clients.

Don’s unique contribution to the security sector has been in establishing and leading a number of key public-private security partnerships that have become pivotal to security in London, nationally and globally. Don is founder and Chairman of the Sister Banks, Project Griffin and the Building Accreditation Scheme (BAS), and founder, Vice Chairman of Trustees and Chairman of the Senior Management Board of the Cross Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) initiative.

Don is also Chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association and Chairman of the London Resilience Business Sector panel; a member of the City of London Crime and Disorder Reduction Panel, the London First Advisory Board, the London Resilience Forum and the UK Security Expo Advisory Board and various expert panels relating to the prevention, deterrent and detection of crime and terrorism; and a trustee of two law enforcement/public-related charities. He has served as an external lay member of the City of London Police Committee, as Vice Chairman and Trustee of the charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime, and as Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (2010 to 2011), when he jointly led the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and Security Institute in creating the Chartered Security Professional Qualification. In 2011 Don was appointed a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the University of Portsmouth (Institute of Criminal Justice Studies), and in 2015 he was admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.

Don was awarded the MBE in the 2007 New Years Honours for services to law enforcement in the harmonisation of public and private sector agencies. In 2013 he was awarded the Imbert Award by the Association of Security Consultants, which recognises contributions to the advancement of security risk management in the UK, and a Security Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Security Profession. In 2015 Don was a recipient of the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Commendation Medal.

Don has made an outstanding career contribution in the development of public-private security partnerships, which have become integral to the ‘Protect’ and ‘Prepare’ strands of the UK’s national counter-terrorism strategy.

In 2004, Don founded Project Griffin, a security partnership between the public and private sectors within the City of London, bringing together and coordinating the resources of the police, emergency services, local authorities, business and the private security industry in the event of a significant threat or incident. Following its unqualified success in London, Project Griffin has been recognised as national best practice and implemented by police forces, cities and communities throughout the UK. It has also generated interest and acclaim overseas, particularly in the United States, Canada and Australia. Project Griffin is now estimated to have around one million participants.

In 2011, Don founded the Cross Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) partnership. CSSC acts as a fast time, accurate and authoritative law enforcement partnership providing information to a wide, controlled and specified audience, successfully used before and throughout the Olympic Games of 2012 and Commonwealth Games of 2014, and across all major UK cities. By the end of 2017 it will be fully established across the UK and will service in excess of 20 million businesses and people. Don has personally identified and appointed three-quarters of the CSSC regional chairmen and raised in excess of £750,000 to fund CSSC.

In 2012, Don founded the Building Accreditation Scheme (BAS), a partnership between the City of London Crime Prevention Association, the City of London Police and the Corporation of London. On behalf of the three parties, Don chairs this innovative scheme which is intended to accredit a building by acknowledging all the preventative security measures it undertakes to make a safer environment for those using the building and nearby. The accreditation includes the engagement of Project Griffin, Project Argus, counter terrorism security advisors, CCTV, access control measures, and other related measures. Following a formal process of assessment a credited building will be presented with (for a two year period) a certificate, plaque and external glass display stickers. The project was launched in the City of London but is available pan-London and enables substantial buildings to engage and assist in making London a safer place.

Most recently, Don was instrumental in establishing the May 2017 Step Change Summit held at the London Guildhall in July. This initiative has further strengthened the linkages between law enforcement and the private sector, and has initiated an ongoing dialogue to enhance the engagement of the business community in the national counter terrorism strategy in response to the heightened terrorism threat.

The presentation of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) will take place on Thursday 1st March 2018 at The Royal Lancaster London. Please visit the UK OSPAs website to book and find out more information.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by the Security Institute.