More than five hundred security professionals gathered to celebrate the very best from across the sector with dinner and a presentation event hosted by one of the country’s best loved stand-up comedians, Hal Cruttenden.
OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill commented “This year the competition was particularly tough; with the number of nominations significantly exceeding those received in previous years. The thirty-one security experts who made up the judging panel had no easy task in selecting the finalists and winners.
‘The OSPAs event is a true celebration to acknowledge and recognise the fantastic work that is taking place within the security industry – to enhance the safety and security of our communities – and all those that were nominated should feel very proud” he further said.
Lifetime Achievement Award
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Joe Connell. Joe has served the United Kingdom as a Crown servant and then as a committed security professional for over 30 years, recently retiring as Chairman of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC). Judges commented Joe’s impact was felt across many areas of security and security association partnerships and has a strong influence internationally. Joe’s ability to instantly understand his audience, assess situations, and facilitate development of security solutions are some of the many qualities noted by the judges.
UK OSPA 2023 AWARD WINNERS
Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director – sponsored by Bidvest Noonan
Gary Stephen – University of Glasgow
Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
Tom Meredith – Mitie
Outstanding Security Team – sponsored by Trackforce Valiant & TrackTik
London Bridge City Security Team – CIS Security
Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding) – sponsored by TEAM Software by WorkWave
Outstanding Security Consultant – sponsored by CIS Security
Jonathan Eddery – MAST
Outstanding Customer Service Initiative – sponsored by Danhouse Security
‘Safe Strides’ Initiative – CIS Security/London Bridge City
Outstanding Security Training Initiative – sponsored by BSIA
TITAN – MOONHUB and Corps Security
Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator – sponsored by NSI
Outstanding Event Security Team
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Stewarding Team – FGH Security
Outstanding Security Partnership – sponsored by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives
Darren Conway – Lodge Service, Iona Blake – Boots and the National Business Crime Centre
Outstanding New Security Product
Safe Haven App – Croma Vigilant
Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer – sponsored by International Security Expo/The Security Event
Outstanding Security Officer – sponsored by Corps Security
Barry Roberts – CIS Security
Outstanding Young Security Professional – sponsored by Zinc Systems
Arran Perry – FGH Security
Outstanding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative – sponsored by Assist Group and supported by SyCom
STM Group (UK)
Outstanding Security Sustainability Award – sponsored by KeolisAmey Docklands
Bristol Zoological Society and KIS Fire & Security
Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by The Security Institute
The OSPAs supported charity is PTSD Resolution, with guests at the London event making donations to assist veterans, reservists and their families who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work and family life because of trauma suffered during military service and other adverse life events.