OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit 2022 programme announced

Feb 3, 2022News


The fourth OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit, organised in association with NSI (National Security Inspectorate), takes place on Thursday, 24th February 2022 at the Royal Lancaster London and the full programme has now been released. 

The programme has an impressive line-up of speakers covering a wide range of hot topics relevant to the whole security industry including:

  • What are the expectations of the security sector now? A police perspective

Ian Dyson QPM – Recently retired Commissioner, City of London Police

Geoff Zeidler – Chair, Police and Security Group (PaS)

There was a time when the security sector was widely berated by police officers for its failure to deliver, most notably in the high levels of false alarm activations wasting much police time. Roll on two decades and things have changed. ECHO has pioneered new ways of working, the security sector has stepped up, but the police response has been disappointingly slow. Is it time for the sector to argue is it the police who now need to get its act together? What do the police want from security now?  What should happen next?

  • What is it realistic to expect from the regulator?

Michelle Russell – CEO, Security Industry Authority

Since the SIA was formed there has been a call for its remit to be focussed differently, many calling for more coverage and with more teeth, in short more action; but the SIA is restricted by statute. So, what can the industry expect from its regulator? In what ways can the SIA inspire, nudge, influence and incentivise where its powers are limited? Just how far is it prepared to go?

  • The Protect Duty: what are the implications and opportunities for the security sector?

Andrew Donaldson – Head of Security, Real Estate Management (UK) Ltd

John Frost – Group Head of Business Continuity & Chairperson of the Retail Business Continuity Association (RBCA)

Stuart Toal – Head of Non-Motor Commercial Insurance, Allianz UK

This panel discussion will review the Protect Duty consultation and opportunities for improved collaboration to support the broader Protect agenda. More specifically, are current security risk assessments delivered by the private sector as effective as they could be?  What should be introduced and why?

  • Who are the winners and losers amongst security suppliers? What the bosses say

Paul Evans – CEO, Carlisle Support Services

Christian Watts – MD, Fire and Security Systems, Mitie

The last two years have been monumental for the security sector. Amongst suppliers there have been winners and losers, although there is general recognition that post Covid represents new opportunities. In this session we explore the views of those who have led through the crisis and hear what they expect to happen next; who will be the winners and losers going forward and why?

  • What are the barriers and opportunities for industry collaboration? How can the sector present a more united front?

Jayne King – Chair, Security Commonwealth

The industry needs to work together to present the best image of its work, and to present itself as a sector that is easier to engage with (currently it appears fragmented). But do the competing priorities between different associations, and the commercial rivalry amongst security companies render true collaboration difficult? How good are current initiatives and how can they be improved?

Doors to the Thought Leadership Summit will open at 11:30; lunch will be provided, and an exhibition of products and services will be on display.  The event will finish at 17:00 and the OSPAs awards dinner will follow at 18:45.

Places at the Summit are limited. Book your Summit Delegate place for £45 + VAT including lunch, entrance to the exhibition, summit, and afternoon refreshments at: https://uk.theospas.com/ospas-thought-leadership-summit/

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