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Women 'making a big contribution to security industry'

Women are playing a more significant role in the security industry, according to the chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Elizabeth France commented on this particular trend ahead of the 2016 Women in Security Awards, which will take place at a black-tie event at the AMBA Hotel in London on September 22nd.

The awards programme was launched four years ago to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of female members of the security industry.

Ms France is one of the officials on the judging panel, who will decide the recipients of awards for the best security manager and frontline officer. The event also features an accolade for outstanding contribution to the private security industry.

The SIA chair is encouraging individuals and businesses from the sector to nominate women they work with, particularly those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and helped to advance the profession.

Nominees can be chief executives, chairs or managing directors of security firms, or professionals working within security teams for private companies or in the public sector.

Ms France will be joined on the judging panel by other leaders from organisations representing the wider security industry. In previous years, there have been judges from the International Professional Security Association, the Association of Security Consultants and the Security Institute.

She commented: "This will be my third year as a judge for this award. In each of the previous years I have been impressed by the quality of the nominations and humbled by some of the actions described.

"We have far too few women in the private security industry but those who are a part of it are making a significant contribution. I am looking forward to seeing an even bigger field than in previous years and to celebrating the success of the winners. All who are nominated are role models for future women in security."

The window for nominations will close on August 19th.

In a statement reiterating its support for the Women in Security Awards, the SIA said it is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the industry.

The regulator conducted research in April last year examining gender representation and other characteristics in the private security sector. The findings showed that only nine per cent of the SIA's licence holders at the time were women.

In addition to promoting diversity and inclusion, the watchdog's responsibilities include the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking certain activities and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

For businesses, it's important to use accredited, experienced security providers to ensure that you are always guaranteed certain standards and levels of service.

Professional security firms can provide services such as manned guarding and consultancy to ensure you have a clear understanding of your needs and the best possible solutions available to your business.

This could prove particularly important if your business model is dependent on handling high-value items or sensitive information.


Posted by Andrew Miller

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