The Security Institute names new Chief Operating Officer


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The Security Institute has announced that Angela Vernon Lawson CSyP FSyI will be joining its head office team as Chief Operating Officer (COO). 

Angela was unanimously selected from a strong set of candidates, after a long and rigorous selection process. The role of COO is a new position as the Institute continues to expand in influence and membership, the COO will provide operational leadership oversight of membership engagement and aspects of routine business administration. Through this position Angela will support the Institute in achieving the five key business objectives outlined by the Chair and Board of Directors in 2021, which are: ‘Membership experience’, ‘Professionalisation’, ‘Influence’, ‘Next Generation’ and ‘Ethics, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion’.

Angela has a longstanding career in security and business continuity consultancy, supporting the global and national operations for clients in the finance, aviation, media, sport, oil industry and defence. Angela will also bring a wealth of valuable experience in Higher Education, Further Education, vocational developments and Awarding Organisation responsibilities. In 2021, Angela attained chartership becoming one of only 235 Chartered Security Professionals. 

Since 2011, Angela has been a longstanding engaged member of the Security Institute and the Director of Education for the Security Institute between 2015-2021. As the education lead, Angela created the Approved Training Provider scheme, wrote a security apprenticeship strategy paper and continues to represent the Institute as part of the security apprenticeship trailblazer group. 

Angela was also a member of both the Remuneration and the Ethics Committees and was the sponsoring Director for the Security, Education, Accreditation, Training and Standards (SEATS) and Business Continuity, Emergency Planning, Crisis Management and Resilience (BECRes) special interest groups. Since leaving the Board of Directors in 2021, she has remained involved with the Membership Management Advisory Group (MMAG) and mentoring programme.

In addition to Angela’s history of volunteering through the Security Institute, she also dedicates her time as a Unit Coordinator for the Volunteer Police Cadets in her local area, serves as a Magistrate in the Family Court, is part of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy (local forum) which has led to completing train the trainer for restorative relationships, DASH risk assessments and Bystander intervention strategies.

Speaking on her appointment, Angela commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Security Institute as the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at a time when the security sector is changing. The need for a well-informed, professional and disciplined workforce with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to successfully protect people and assets in various settings is increasing. Since I joined the Institute in 2011, I have witnessed it go from strength to strength. I firmly believe the Institute will be intrinsic insupporting those in the industry to prepare for what lies ahead in an evolving security landscape and I am excited to be part of that journey.”

The Institute’s Chair, Peter Lavery FSyI, welcomed Angela to the team, saying: “We are pleased to welcome Angela to our Head Office team. Angela joins us after serving as a Director of the Institute for six years and we are delighted to gain her invaluable experience and knowledge as a Chartered Security Professional.

“As well as being a key influencer within our community, Angela’s passions align with the Institute’s key business objectives as demonstrated through her extensive experience within the Institute. Her new role will be linked to these objectives and she will no doubt prove instrumental in the Institute’s continued growth and influence. We are very privileged to have Angela’s expertise within our team and I am very much looking forward to working with her.”

Chief Executive, Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI, added: “Angela brings a whole new set of skills to the executive function and the leadership of the operational staff. Her ability gives me confidence to change the tac of the Institute to achieve bigger and better outcomes for the benefit of the members and the security industry. Her knowledge of the training and development world will be invaluable, but it is her ability to inspire and enhance the outstanding work our staff deliver on a daily basis, that gives me most optimism. I am personally delighted with her appointment.”

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