Paul Barnard CSyP MSyI named as Security Institute’s new Vice Chair


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The Security Institute is proud to announce that Paul Barnard CSyP MSyI has kindly taken on the additional responsibilities of Vice Chair. In this new role, Paul will join the Institute’s Senior Leadership Team. Paul will work alongside the Institute’s new Chair Peter Lavery FSyI and Deputy Chair Mahbubul Islam CSyP MSyI to drive the Institute’s work forward for the benefit of the Institute’s membership and the wider security sector.

One of just over 200 Chartered Security Professionals, Paul is a key influencer within the security community. During his extensive career, Paul has served as Detective Superintendent and Detective Chief Superintendent for Counter Terrorism in the City of London Police, with overall responsibility for delivery of CONTEST policing, Counter Terrorism funding and engagement with strategic partners, including the Home Office.

Since leaving the police, Paul has worked at a strategic level within the private security industry.

Paul succeeds previous Vice Chair, Jonathan Schulten FSyI, who is standing down from the role. This follows on from Paul’s longstanding role as a Non-Executive Director on the Institute’s Board of Directors, during which time he has led the Institute’s Next Generation in Security Initiative (#NextGen) with a passion to promote career pathways for young people into the security profession. Through the Institute’s various #NextGen activities, Paul has spearheaded youth engagement within the security sector.

Most recently, Paul has been the driving force behind the Institute’s partnership with the EY Foundation and the creation of the ‘Secure Futures’ programme. On top of his work leading the #NextGen initiative, Paul has also been involved in several other key developments within the Institute.

“Paul has impressed us all with his personal determination”

Speaking on the news, Security Institute Chair Peter Lavery FSyI said: “Paul is an active member of the Security Institute’s Board of Directors and brings with him a long and distinguished law enforcement career and more recent commercial experience.

“Paul has impressed us all with his personal determination and drive for our Next Generation programme with a clear passion for delivering career pathways for young people. Paul brings valued experience and skills to the Institute’s leadership team at a time of increasing importance for the security profession as we consider those issues for the Institute’s strategy and the future.”

Whilst Jonathan is standing down from the Vice Chair role, and his valuable contribution, he remains at ‘active’ Board Director and currently leading on our ‘Protect Duty’ consultation. I look forward to our continuing to work together and his fresh perspectives on the many issues the profession and the Institute face.”

“I am so proud to have been invited to take up the role of Vice Chairman”

Speaking on his new role, Paul said: “I am so proud to have been invited to take up the role of Vice Chairman of the Security Institute, a position I have accepted. I follow in the footsteps of recent incumbents Paul Drury and Johnathan Schulten. Thank you both for the foundations you have laid for the benefit of our members.

“In the middle of a global pandemic, an economic downturn with the added uncertainty and challenges these bring, for me this is an exciting time to be taking on this role. Right now, young people, people from diverse backgrounds and from other sectors need to hear loud and clear that the security sector has amazing career opportunities.

“Our membership is growing at a fast pace and our special interest groups are hosting thought leadership sessions, with ever growing influence. This is a great time to be a member of the Security Institute with so many professional development options.

“I will be championing your cause, helping to influence stakeholders for your benefit and help to shape the Security Institutes strategy. I am keen to hear from our members about what your thoughts are on the above subjects, so please do get in touch.”

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