Winners of the 2021 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards Announced

*Press Release*

ospaslogoThe first-ever virtual UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event took place on 25th February 2021.

Hundreds of security professionals tuned in to the live-streamed virtual award ceremony to celebrate the best of the best from across the sector – with guest appearances from Paul Sinha (AKA The Sinnerman from the Chase) and Alan Dedicoat known by many as ‘The Voice of the Balls’ from the National Lottery programmes.

This year, once again, companies, initiatives, technologies, individuals and teams were honoured in sixteen categories for their outstanding contribution to the security industry and in keeping us all safe.

OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill said: “The Security sector can feel very proud; it has not only stepped up to the mark during these unusual times but has gone above and beyond – which is evidenced by all of the finalists and especially the winners.”

Gill further added: “These awards are firmly based on the skills, behaviours and performance that lead to true, sustainable success, and as such the stories of our winners’ achievements provide a valuable benchmark for those working in the sector.”

2021 UK OSPA winners:

Outstanding In-house security manager/director:  Tracey Edwards – Southern Health NHS Trust

Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director: David Evans – STM Group (UK) Ltd

Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer: IDIS

Outstanding Security Consultant:  Richard Sumner – RS Security Consultants

Outstanding Security Team:  Mitie & Sainsbury’s BLITZ Teams

Outstanding Customer Service Initiative:  STM Group (UK) Ltd & Rail Network

Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator:  Astra Security

Outstanding Event Security Team:  Liverpool HMS Prince of Wales (Operation Heartland) Team – FGH Security

Outstanding Security Training Initiative:  ACT Awareness eLearning – Highfield e-learning in partnership with M&S and NaCTSO

Outstanding Security Partnership: TINYg Information Sharing Partnership

Outstanding New Security Product: Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) App – URIM in partnership with M&S and NaCTSO

Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative:  North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC)

Outstanding Young Security Professional:  Hannah Booth – Heriot-Watt University

Outstanding Security Officer:  Sammy Wightman – Axien Security

Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding):  Axis Security

Lifetime Achievement:  Jason Towse – Mitie


Summaries of all the winners can be found on the OSPAs website


The event organisers would like to thank all those who have helped to make the virtual UK OSPAs event such a success including: TEAM Software (headline sponsor); Edith Cowan University (trophies & certificates); ADS, Bidvest Noonan, Cap Index, Cordant Security, CIS Security, Interserve First Security, Nineteen Group, NSI, Skills for Security, TrackTik and the Security Institute (award categories). Also, the many supporting associations, judges and media partners.