The David Clark Award

David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FinstLM Award for Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Sector

 

Introduction

The ‘David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FinstLM Award for Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Sector’, known as the ‘David Clark Award’ was first implemented in 2021. It is an annual award owned and administered by the UK Security Commonwealth (SyCom). Its purpose is to recognise exceptional voluntary contributions, made by individuals and groups, to the UK security sector and to encourage continuous improvement.

The award, named in tribute to the late David Clark former Chair of the Security Commonwealth and ASIS (UK Chapter), also serves as a legacy, building upon David Clark’s efforts to encourage continuous improvement within the UK security sector before his untimely death in 2019.

2023 Award

Entries are being sought for the 2023 Award which is being hosted by IFPO UK (The International Foundation for Protection Officers).

There are two Awards, which when adjudicated, may be made in relation to each of the following categories:

  • Any individual on the recommendation of a SyCom membership organisation.
  • Any programme or initiative, including cross-organisational programmes and initiatives, on the recommendation of a SyCom member organisation.

Entries are open until 24 September 2023.

 

How to Enter

Written entries in Word or pdf format should be of no more of no more than 650 words and will be judged according to the following criteria based on SyCom’s high-level aims and objectives:

  • Achieves effective ‘Collaboration, cooperation and communication’
  • Shares good practices and promotes continuous improvement
  • Supports industry development and engagement
  • Brings the UK security profession together – ‘Stronger Together’
  • Demonstrates SyCom’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Provides evidence of ‘exceptional contribution to the UK Security Sector’
  • An independent adjudicator will be invited to demonstrate consistency and transparency.

Entries should be forwarded to awards@securitycommonwealth.org by the 24 September 2023.

Further information

Applicants and Sponsors should read the following documents for further information: –

Media Statement and Call for Entries

Entry Form

Award Policy

An annual Security Commonwealth award to be known as the ‘The Security Commonwealth’s ‘David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FinstLM Award for Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Sector’, with a working title of ‘The David Clark Award’. Hereinafter referred to as ‘the award’.

Purpose and Eligibility

The purpose of the award is to recognise exceptional contributions to the UK Security Industry, which support the overall Aims & Objectives of the UK Security Commonwealth, whose mantra can be summed up simply as its members being ‘Stronger Together’.

The late David Clark served as an outstanding Chairman of the Security Commonwealth between 2015 and 2017 and first coined the phrase ‘Stronger Together’, a principle he championed in his daily professional and personal life. The award, therefore, will also serve as an appropriate acknowledgement of David’s legacy of voluntary contribution to encourage continuous improvement within the UK security sector.

Eligibility
There are two David Clark Awards, which when adjudicated, may be made in relation to each of the following categories:

• Any individual on the recommendation of a SyCom membership organisation.
• Any programme or initiative, including cross-organisational programmes and initiatives, on the recommendation of a SyCom member organisation.

Completed nominations should be forwarded by email to awards@securitycommonwealth.org

Adjudication
An Adjudicating Panel will be convened annually by the SyCom Board comprising representatives of SyCom membership organisations and other industry professionals. Representation will rotate between membership organisations annually, where practicable.
The panel of adjudicators will be chaired by the SyCom Chair or their nominated representative.
Adjudicators must declare any potential conflict of interests and will exclude themselves from judging any such nomination.
An independent adjudicator will be invited to demonstrate consistency and transparency.

Commercial and income-generating activities will not normally be considered.
Initiatives directly related to SyCom Board members will also be excluded.
An adjudication report grid will be used by nominated adjudicators. It will be aligned to SyCom Aims & Objectives and to any existing SyCom priorities at the time of the contest. Such performance measures will be publicised to nominees at the time of inviting nominations.
A Moderating Panel will be appointed by the SyCom Chair. The role of the Moderating Panel will be to ensure compliance, equity and fairness. The Moderating Panel may need to handle ‘tie-break’ results aligned to the Aims & Objectives and may also award Commendations to selected nominations which, whilst not scored as winners demonstrate exceptional performance.

Award Grades
The awards will be graded in the following categories:
Overall Individual winner (1 Winner)
Overall group winner (1 Winner)
Runners Up (2 Runners up in each category)
The Moderating Panel may also ‘Highly Commend’ outstanding contributions.
Sponsorship and Support
SyCom does not have the independent financial resources to fund the award or the presentation ceremony. Therefore, in the spirit of the SyCom principles of ‘Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication’, SyCom membership organisations will be invited to bid for the opportunity to host the presentation ceremony for the award and any necessary logistical arrangements for the presentation in partnership with the SyCom Board.
The SyCom Board will maintain overall responsibility for administering the award.
Selection of the annual host organisation will take place in the Spring of each year, following which nominations for that year’s award will be invited. This process should be complete prior to 30th day of April in each year.
The hosting of the award presentation ceremony may be achieved through the normal event cycle of such member organisations and should aim to take place in or around the Autumn of each year and not later than the 30th November.
The SyCom Board will be responsible for media liaison concerning the award, in partnership with the annual host organisation.