On the 18th April 2023, it was a great pleasure to welcome our members back to the Victory Services Club, London, for The Security Institute Annual General Meeting and delighted 150 members attended this year. The AGM was hosted by the Institute’s President Baroness Henig of Lancaster CBE CSyI and the Institute Chair, Peter Lavery FSyI. Our Patron Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE KC CSyI was also in attendance.
The 2023 AGM was Peter’s last meeting as Chair of the Institute, which included, for the first time, a Q&A panel session with members of the Board of Directors. Peter asked the Company Secretary, Nigel Churton FSyI, to confirm the meeting was quorate, which was confirmed. Nigel then confirmed the acceptance of the Minutes from the 2022 Annual General Meeting with 482 votes for, 4 against and 53 abstentions.
Peter Lavery opened the meeting and welcomed all present, before reporting on the year 2022-2023. Peter made special mention of the Special Interest Groups that have achieved so during the year and gave special thanks the Counter Terrorism SIG, the Inclusive Security SIG, and their respective co-chairs who had achieved so much in the past year.
Peter also touched upon the various events including the two events attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, the numerous exhibitions attended, and the collaboration with the EY Foundation; the Protecting People in Crowded Places event in collaboration with UK Crowd Management Association, hosted by Director Carl Dakin CSyP FSyI, at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium London. The CT Lessons Learnt conference, London Pride, and of course the Security Institute Annual Conference: Protecting our Future that was held in October 2022.
Peter also elaborated on the Institute’s partnership with BRE Global, and the Institute becoming the official scheme operator of the SABRE (Security Assurance by BRE) security certification scheme. Introducing Gareth Hulmes CSyP FSyI as the Head of Sabre for the Security Institute. The partnership between the Institute and the Security Consortium for the Prevention of Suicide (SCPS) was also noted before reflecting on Her Majesty the Queen, the Platinum Jubilee celebrated in 2022, and of course, the sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II and express condolences on behalf of all at The Security Institute.
After the update, Peter handed over to Directors to reflect on the achievements over the last year and what is in the pipeline for the year to come. Jonathan Schulten FSyI, presented for the Membership Experience Pillar, Andy Watkin-Child CSyP MSyI for the Influence Pillar, Carl Dakin CSyP FSyI on the Professionalism Pillar and Chris Smith CSyP FSyI on the NextGen pillar.
Carl Dakin presented the Audit Committee report covering the Annual Accounts and spending before answering questions from the membership. He then proposed the acceptance of the Annual Accounts with voting consisting of 483 votes for, 3 against and 52 abstentions. Following the passing of this resolution Carl then proposed the resolution for the continuing appointment of Armstrong’s as accountants and for the Board of Directors to set their remuneration for 2023. The voting of which was: 513 votes for, 3 against and 28 abstentions, meaning that the resolution was passed.
Election of Directors:
We were thrilled this year to see such fantastic uptake in the elections for Director of the Institute with a total of ten nominees for four positions. Nominees include included six new nominations; Bruce Braes CSyP FSyI, Frank Cannon CSyP FSyI, Guy Mathias FSyI, Hayley Elvins CSyP FSyI, Julie Nel MSyI and Rollo Davies MSyI. Two nominees were standing for re-election; Andy Watkin-Child CSyP MSyI and Bob Martin CSyP FSyI, with two co-opted board members seeking election, Sarah Austerberry CSyP FSyI and Chris Smith CSyP FSyI.
Nigel Churton FSyI was invited to announce the results. The successful candidates were: Sarah Austerberry CSyP FSyI, Julie Nel MSyI, Hayley Elvins CSyP FSyI and Frank Cannon CSyP FSyI. Peter Lavery congratulated them on being appointed and welcomed them to the Board.
Peter Lavery closed the meeting, whilst confirming this his last Annual General Meeting as Chair, thanking staff and members for all their support during his tenure.
*Please Note: Information for the 2024 Annual General Meeting will be released late 2023