New Co-Chairs for the Institute’s Young Members Group

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The Security Institute has announced that Camilla Scrimgeour ASyI and Anastasia Spiridonova will Co-Chair the Young Members Group.

The ­­Young Members Group exists to serve security professionals under the age of 35. The group aims to represent the views of young professionals within the sector, as well as foster more opportunities for young professionals to access and thrive within the world of security.

Both Camilla and Ana have already gained a wealth of experience and have started to establish themselves as young professionals within the security field. Camilla is currently an Associate at S-RM, a global risk and intelligence consultancy. In this role, she works in the Crisis Response team preventing and responding to kidnap, ransom and extortion incidents and wider crises. She has experience working in the crisis management and intelligence space for both corporate companies and government organisations including the Mayor of London’s Office. In addition, Camilla holds an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews and is qualified in Business Continuity and Intelligence Analysis.

Ana is currently a Student member of the Institute. Outside of the Institute she is an Investigator and soon-to-be Co-Director at the Lost Boys Detective Agency – a security, risk management and investigations company that provides bespoke services to private, corporate and legal clients. She holds a BA in French & Iberian and Latin American Cultures from Stanford University, as well as having studied Criminal Justice in partnership with the University of Oxford. Ana speaks Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English and her professional background ranges from art sales to corporate finance.

Under Camilla and Ana’s leadership, the Young Members Group will continue to support the Institute’s advocacy for the inclusion and celebration of young people within the sector. The Institute strongly believes that embracing young people and their unique perspectives is key to increasing innovation within the field, which will help enhance professional practices and ultimately ensure that the sector is best equipped to tackle the threats of tomorrow.

Speaking on their new roles, Camilla and Ana said: “We are excited to be co-chairing the Young Members Group and look forward to supporting other young professionals within the Institute. Through the Group we hope to better understand the challenges faced by young professionals like ourselves and see how the Institute can further support their professional development as well as provide opportunities to become more engaged with the security community.

“We strongly encourage all those under 35 to get involved with the Young Members Group. It is a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, seek peer-to-peer advice and help create positive change for the entire sector.”

The Security Institute’s Chief Executive, Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI added: “I am grateful to Camilla and Ana for coming forward to Co-Chair the Young Members Group. The group has been a long-standing safe space that provides young professionals with all the opportunities and support they need to succeed, which I am sure will go from strength to strength under their leadership.

“It is imperative that as a sector we embrace the next generation of security professionals if we are to remain innovative and forward-thinking and I see the Institute’s Young Members Group as leading the industry’s efforts.”

The YMG hopes to arrange regular speaker and networking events, the first of which will be held on 5 May. Members of the Institute can find further details on the Institute’s Community Platform.

Institute members can also hear Camilla and Ana speak further on their plans for YMG at this year’s Annual General Meeting on 21 April.

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