26 June 2017
The NSI (National Security Inspectorate) stand at IFSEC International at ExceL London, was a busy place to be last week. NSI’s stand situated in IFSEC’s brand new feature destination, Installer World, provided a vibrant backdrop to welcome a record number of service providers keen to discuss their certification requirements and to meet with existing approved companies and specifiers.
NSI’s owl, ‘Cash’, flew in again to join the NSI team on the stand to greet visitors and was treated like a celebrity with many keen to take photos and selfies.
Three NSI experts shared their knowledge, taking part in well attended seminars. Tony Weeks, Head of Technical Services participated in a panel discussion on the current trends and future of the security industry; Clare Crump, Auditor, presented with Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, on the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and what constitutes good operational practice; and Chris Hayes, Operations Manager, provided delegates with guidance on how to choose a competent fire risk assessor.
NSI was also delighted to formally launch the Women in Security Awards at a VIP drinks reception on its stand. As official hosts of this year’s Awards ceremony taking place on the evening of 14 September on board the Harmony cruise boat of Bateaux London, Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, announced that nominations for this year are now open. Una Riley, the Awards founder, shared her original thinking in creating the Awards and how they continue to play an important role within today’s security sector. Roy Cooper, Publisher of Professional Security magazine and organiser of the Awards, encouraged industry representatives to nominate colleagues who have gone above and beyond their role to make a significant contribution to the industry.
The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, another key feature of IFSEC International of which NSI has been a stakeholder since it began nearly 20 years ago, was a great spectacle for visitors, showcasing the skills and talent of apprentices and young engineers. NSI auditors Gary Hurst and Bill Baillie provided adjudicator support to oversee the competitors, who worked in pairs pitting their skills against the clock. Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the first day with this year’s heat winners being Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway, who both study at New College Lanarkshire.
Three NSI Gold approved company presentations took place on the NSI stand with all three companies receiving recognition for their transition to the latest 2015 edition of ISO 9001. Representatives were: Neil Alexander, Director, from Eclipse (IP) Ltd in Dumfermline (see picture left), John Helas, Managing Director of Stanley Security Solutions in Swindon and Dean Agg, Manager of Pyrotec Services in Abingdon.
Richard Jenkins comments “We were absolutely delighted by the level of interest in NSI’s certification services at this year’s IFSEC. It was an excellent opportunity to meet on a one-to-one basis with companies who are looking to start their journey in certification and to spend time with specifiers and representatives from our approved companies.
A highlight was launching this year’s Women in Security Awards event taking place in September. Based upon the launch turnout I hope everyone will submit their nominations and book their place to recognise and celebrate success within our industry.”