SGW is pleased to announce that our founder and Managing Director, Simon Whitehouse, CSyP FSyI CPP PSP was announced the 2019 winner of The Security Institute International Achiever of the Year Award.
The Security Institute encourages and recognises excellence, as a part of its commitment to professional development and raising awareness of good security. It has developed an Annual Awards Ceremony, where individuals and companies going the extra mile are recognised, and where its own Awards are presented.
The ‘International Achiever of the Year Award’ intends to recognise a Security Institute member who has made a significant contribution to security outside the UK.
Simon was nominated for the award by Peter Lavery, FSyI, FCMI, CISM, Deputy Chairman of The Security Institute who wrote;
‘Simon is an active member of the Security Institute (SyI) and for a period was a Director, however, stood down early due to work commitments. He was a loss to the SyI Board of Directors; however, he continued the work he had started by establishing the Middle East Members Group (MEMG). Simon then took up the legacy engagement started by Garry Evanson and Bill Wyllie of establishing an MoU between the Security institute and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which was successfully signed during the ‘Intersec’ Future Security Summit 2019, 20 – 22 January 2019.
Simon was also invited by Messe Frankfurt to be a conference speaker at Intersec Future Security Summit 2019, participating in an interesting panel discussion on seamless integration of innovative security systems with traditional infrastructure. This was the first time that The Security Institute had a CPD conference partner at Intersec and a SyI stand which Simon also contributed to manning the stand with Rick Mounfield, CEO.
During a one-year directorship (Apr 17 – May 18), Simon was responsible for International Development and formed the Middle East Members Group (MEMG) for The Security Institute. He continues to spend considerable time in the Middle East region directly supporting our members and more widely with other security professional organizations. Simon acts as a real Ambassador in his own time/cost promoting Security as a profession. The SIRA MoU is only the second for the SyI following the MoU signing with the German AWS which also fell under Simon’s remit working closely with the SyI HQ team’.
Following receipt of the award, Simon wrote; I’m feeling incredibly proud and blessed to have received The Security Institute International Achiever of the year award at last nights 2019 Gala Awards Ceremony Dinner held at ZSL London Zoo’s Prince Albert Suite. My special thanks go to Peter Lavery FSyI, FCMI, CISMfor your kind and very much appreciated nomination, and my beautiful wife, Kate Whitehousewho never stops supporting and encouraging me in my international endeavour’s, often meaning long periods of sacrifice as a single parent when we are apart.