Within this section we offer members the opportunity to catch up with the latest news with regard to ASC interests, Conference and security-led discussion articles, news from the ASC Business Groups and Events, Consec, relevant awards and other items which we believe will be of interest to our membership.

If you have items which you may regard as newsworthy and that you feel will be of particular interest to your fellow members please feel free to email in your suggestion and we will be pleased to consider it for publication.


Chief executive Alex Carmichael is keen to reiterate that SSAIB is fully operational and continues to provide certification for over 1,800 registered firms and new firms looking to join during the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:31

WOT Security have once again become the event sponsor for all of the ASC 2020 Business Groups to be held at the Honourable Artillery Company,Queens Room, Armoury House, City Road London EC1Y 2BQ

We thank them for their continued support of the ASC

WOT Security ASC

Thursday, 06 February 2020 08:34

On the 30th November 2018 the Association of Security Consultants hosted our winter dinner at the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster.

Photos from the event can be seen on the Professional Security Website

Monday, 03 December 2018 07:33

The ASC held another successful business group at the Honourable Artillery Company in February with the main sponsor of WOT Security


Friday, 02 March 2018 10:11

It is with great sadness that I report the death of founder ASC member, former Chairman and Honorary Board member Mike Cahalane following a brave fight against cancer.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:50

The Autumn newsletter is available and can be downloaded by clicking Here

Monday, 25 September 2017 15:52

The winners of the 2017 Duty of Care Awards were announced at a gala event in Berlin on Thursday, 29 June. Hosted by the International SOS Foundation, the awards took place following the Duty of Care Summit, honouring organisations and individuals making a significant contribution to protecting their people while travelling or working remotely.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:04

The winner of this year’s ASC Imbert Awards is:

Major Paul Ramsay, Cranfield University with his dissertation on:


The two runners up are:

Andreas Trondalen, Brunel University, London with his dissertation on:


Rethar Schmidt, Portsmouth University with his dissertation on:


Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:35

Michael (Mike) John Tennent 14.11.43 – 02.05.17

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We have lost a lovely, lovely gentleman!

This obituary is based upon my knowledge of Mike for a period of 29 years of which I worked closely with him in Tavcom Training for over 21 years.

Mike started in electronics when God was a boy!  He was involved in electronics since his time in the RAF where he was working with components that glowed in the dark.  If they didn’t glow, they were “broken”.  Tubes were then still in vogue when Mike spent a number of years in South Africa, where he was instrumental in the installation of the television broadcasting system across the whole country.

Back in the UK he was involved in two early CCTV companies, Vision Research where he was involved in the development of the first CCTV video multiplexer, the Krammer and also with Frowds, where he was involved in the sales of video cameras including the 1” tube camera, the “Surveyor 6”, microwave fence perimeter detection systems and the first of the “Slow Scan” transmission systems.

Tavcom was started by a great desire to bring professionalism into the “cowboy” market that we had in the early 1990s.  At that time there was, to the best of my knowledge, only one other CCTV trainer around, Charlie Pearce, in the USA, who was a bit like Robin Williams on speed!

Tavcom’s first training was carried out in an alarm company’s offices in the Portsmouth in 1994.  I joined Mike in training in 1996, having been conned by Mike when I visited the training centre, to see what he was doing!  I was invited to talk about the “decibel” for five minutes, and that’s where it started for me!

Mike and I carried out the first International training in Dubai, where we had delegates from some 12 or more Arab states.  Our trip to the Souk was very interesting and nothing like Dubai nowadays.  Some other early international training in Cairo.  Before we got there, Mike asked “which side of the road they drive on”, I replied “the right until that’s full then the left as well!!”  On that trip, Mike unwittingly shared a lift with President Mubarek and his minders!  It was a very interesting course and we learnt to take into account some of the “local” needs, such as midday prayers!

Tavcom has developed to be, probably, the most extensive CCTV/security training company who has carried out training in: many Arab states, the USA, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan.  This is all thanks to Mike’s dedication and determination to improve the quality in CCTV.

If you ever wanted to “wind” Mike up, all you needed to do was to say that LCD panels are better than CRT screens!  Mike was also insistent that, it is CCTV not VSS, as we are now told it should be!

Mike was always passionate about the quality of the training delivered by Tavcom and would not allow the general licensing of the training courses abroad, because the quality could not be controlled to his satisfaction.

In the early days Mike was involved with SITO and also consulted with the SIA regarding the regulation and training of CCTV operators and managers.  He was also involved in many other committees and spent quite a bit of time on the train travelling to and from Winchester to be able to partake in meetings all over the country.

Mike became a member of the ASC in 1999 and subsequently became a Board member.  He had the responsibility for developing the early Marketing Plan, from which the ASC has since benefitted greatly.   He won the ASC Consultant’s Prize at the Imbert Awards in 20011.  He was always quite outspoken regarding training and the standards of installation etc.

Mike was an ardent photographer, he founded the local photographic club and has had a number of pictures exhibited at local exhibitions.  He had over the last few years, had a number of charity cards made from his photographs and has raised, to date, £1,600 for cancer charities from their sales.  His CCTV expertise was, of course, a great benefit to his photography.

This is a very sad loss both for the industry and for me personally.  Mike will be very well remembered by us all.

Written by Jon Laws

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:17

All three finalists in the ‘Security Consultancy’ category of the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAS) were drawn from the Association of Security Consultant (ASC) members:

 Praemunitus Ltd, Police Capacity Building Team, Somaliland

ASC members Joe Connell & Steve Beels

 RFM Solutions

ASC member Bob Martin

 Ian Johnson Associates Limited

ASC member Nick Johnson

 ‘This was a great achievement for the ASC’ says ASC Chairman Joe Connell ‘2017 is the first year these global awards came to the UK and it is hugely gratifying that all three finalists in the ‘Security Consultancy’ category were drawn from the Association of Security Consultants, which of course is the UK’s leading association for independent security consultancy. This is a win, not only for the finalists, but for all ASC members who represent a hugely diverse range of security-related skill sets backed by a strong code of professional conduct’.

Praemunitus Ltd went on to win in both the ‘Security Consultancy’ and ‘Investigator’ categories based on their extensive police capacity building programmes conducted in Somaliland between 2011 and 2016


The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) recognise and reward companies and individuals across the security sector. The OSPAs are designed to be both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers whether individuals or companies to be recognised and their success to be celebrated. The OSPAs are set up in collaboration with security associations and groups across many countries.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:40
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