Thursday, 21 July 2016 09:01

2016 Imbert Awards Luncheon

The 2016 Imbert Award luncheon, held at the Royal Air Force Club on 30 June, again proved a great success in bringing security professionals together. Matthew Fitton (Cranfield University) was the overall winner of the Imbert Academic Prize with his dissertation on British Counter-Terrorism Operations and International Law, tackling the controversial subject of Targeted Killing; Runners-up Claire-Louise Rushton (University of Leicester) researched and compared employed and contracted security personnel in the retail sector, and Kevin Larkin (University of Portsmouth) who research was on ‘The perception and mitigation of industrial and economic espionage on UK SMEs’. In the words of Lord Imbert all three finalists were winners and added the 'The Security Profession is the actual winner'.

ASC Director Bob Martin won the Imbert Prize for contribution to Security Consultancy, for his unstinting work in relation to improved ASC financial management. ASC Director Stephen Beels was Highly Commended by the Chairman ‘for energy and drive in relation to ASC Membership & Benefits’ and Directors Nick Johnson and Warren Collins were Highly Commended by the Chairman ‘for energy and drive in enhancing ASC’s online image and access’.

In a break with former Imbert Prize policy the ASC Board has replaced the cash prize with welcoming the finalists into ASC Membership at the appropriate level. It is considered this is the most effective means of harnessing their good work and providing all-round benefits for the winner, the finalists, the ASC and all its members. Matthew, Claire-Louise and Kevin are all currently undergoing the ASC vetting process and we look forward to welcoming them into the ASC in due course.

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