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The ASC are sad to announce the passing of John Benton, its first Chairman. John started at Chubb Lock & Safe and later becoming responsible for their Western Hemisphere business. Later he joined the Stratford Safe Co owned by Walter Runcimen. At about the same time Runcimen acquired John Tann the oldest safe maker in the UK where John became Managing Director. He was also a Director of Killby-Tann Security – a jointly owned company with Killby & Gayford.John gave his support and experience to many organisations such as British Standards (Bsi) where he chaired the Committee on Secure Enclosures, also the American Association for Industrial Security (ASIS). He was a member of the Editorial Committee of the ‘Journal of Security'. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and also he was made a Freeman of the City of London for services to Financial Institutions.
Following a spell with Schroder’s the Banking giant John turned to Consultancy and it was in 1991 he, together with Mike Cahalane and Mike Collier set up the ASC, an organisation which represents the interest of Independent Security Consultants. Initially with just seven members it now, some 25 years later, has over 200 members. John, the first ASC Chairman, served five years in that position. He was instrumental in many ways, helping to form the ASC, and his links with the political world lead to him introducing early patrons Lord Nicholas Bethel and Sir Rhodes Boyson.
After a fall on Christmas evening,Johnwas admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital Paddington where he died in the early evening of Thursday 16th February at the age of 91, having contracted Bronchopneumonia. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and grandchildren.
The importance of organisations working together to reduce crime was made by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, during a presentation at the Association of Security Consultants’ Business Group at Armoury House, London, in February 2017.
SBD Chief Executive Officer, Guy Ferguson, a former Met Police Detective Chief Superintendent, told a packed meeting that SBD seeks to be a major catalyst and focus for crime prevention around the UK.
SBD operates altruistically by working with a large number of different organisations to encourage crime prevention to be built in at the design stage as well as encouraging manufacturers to achieve Police Preferred Specification on their products, such as doors and windows.
The Association of Security Consultants‘ chairman Joe Connell opened CONSEC 2016, thanked the sponsors and exhibitors and welcomed faces old and new to the best attended CONSEC to date. He writes:
I explained the threat comes in all shapes and sizes and so must the responses. ASC is adapting to reflect that broader scope of experience and has expanded over 25 per cent in the last year. All ASC events are aimed at ‘Learning, Sharing and Networking’ with like-minded professionals, but CONSEC is specifically aimed, not just at examining the here and now, but also taking a peep over the horizon at the emerging threat and the future threats; and considering how best we together, as advisers and providers of solutions legal, technical and human, can be best prepared and to provide effective solutions for our wide-ranging base of clients. I referred to the rich selection of speakers drawn from government, industry and academia, the strong representation of technical exhibitors, and the diverse audience all contributing to the value of CONSEC 2016. Quoting Henry Ford that ‘The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability’ I claimed that’s exactly what CONSEC is about: Knowledge, Experience and Ability.
The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) is 25 years old in 2016, having been formed by a small group of experienced security professionals drawn from security, insurance, military and police backgrounds.
The current ASC chairman, Joe Connell, writes. Just to put the last quarter-century into perspective, ask yourself this question: ‘If, in 1991, you were told that you could save all your operational business information to the cloud, but need to protect yourself from cyber-attack, would you have dismissed the teller as a Sci-Fi fantasist?’ Possibly, but that’s how far we have come in just 25 years.
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'.
The ASC is delighted to announce that patron and avid supporter of the Association, Sir Stuart Peach has been appointed as the next Chief of Defence Staff, head of UK's armed forces and also awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours list.