Featured in IFSEC Security & Fire Influencers 2018


IFSEC Global has named two members of the SecuriGroup Executive team in its list of Security & Fire Influencers 2018. SecuriGroup Chair Baroness Henig CBE, and Operations Director Allan Burnett QPM BSc (Hons) FSyI, are listed in two categories: security thought leadership and security executives.

We are very proud to be considered by an IFSEC panel filled with highly respected judges from across the global security community.

The awards reflect the incredible careers of both Ruth and Allan, driving forces in changing regulation, improving standards, guidance and best practice throughout the UK security industry.

Ruth and Allan are widely respected within the security community for their insights and opinions in their ongoing campaigns in shaping the debate around industry issues.

Allan Burnett QPM FSyI

Allan Burnett QPM joined SecuriGroup as Operations Director in 2010 following a distinguished 30-year policing career, having held positions as Assistant Chief Constable and ACPOS Coordinator of Counter-terrorism.

Allan has made notable contributions in counter-terrorism, shaping discussion surrounding the UK's CONTEST strategy, and improving communication links between the police and the private sector.

Allan is a regular commentator on national media, and was invited to inform the discussion immediately following recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Through his work with organisations such as 'Security Industry Safer Scotland – Counter Terrorism Group,' Allan works with quality membership from the public and private sectors to enhance the capacity and capability of the security industry to counter terrorism.

Allan collaborates with a variety of organisations. These range from Prince Charles' Business in the Community and its Business Emergency Resilience Group, to his ongoing consultation work with Police Scotland in reviewing policies and procedures.

In the past six months, Allan has accepted invitations to present expert opinion and analysis to RBS, Halliburton, The Security Institute, and IOSH, among others. He also led a SecuriGroup counter-terrorism presentation at the Southbank Centre, just one week before the Westminster Attack, less than one mile away.

Mr Burnett has authored articles in The Daily Record, City Security Magazine, and the London Universities Purchasing Consortium's official magazine, Linked.

Baroness Ruth Henig

Baroness Ruth Henig, President of the Security Institute and former Chair of the Security Industry Authority, has spent a lifetime in public service, spanning academia, local government, police authorities and government bodies.

In recognition for a successful 24 year career in local government, including 10 years chairing the Association of Police Authorities in England and Wales, Ruth was awarded a CBE for services to policing.

She was also appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire in 2002 and made a life peer in 2004 as Baroness Henig of Lancaster.

Baroness Henig is now also a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, taking her place on the European Security Committee on Foreign Affairs and continuing to be an active member of the Independent Policing Commission.

In a recent speech to the House of Lords, Ruth provided an argent defence of the crucial role that the Security Industry Authority has played in raising the standards of private security and how it needs further government support in order to modernise for the changing threat and the challenges faced by the modern security industry.

In 2006, Ruth was appointed Chair of the Security Industry Authority in which role she served six years, overseeing the introduction of the SIA's role of regulating the private security industry and processing licences for individual security officers.

In her role as a peer, Ruth has continued to focus on matters relating to policing, local government, criminal justice and in particular the regulation of private security. Baroness Henig was delighted to announce in April 2016 that she had been chosen to succeed Lord Alex Carlile as President of the Security Institute.

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