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Please read the category descriptions and criteria below before entering. You will also need to read the entrants code of ethics before submitting your entry. To read the code of ethics, please click here.


2018 Nigerian OSPA Categories

1. Outstanding In House Security Manager
2. Outstanding In House Security Team
3. Outstanding Contract Security Company
4. Outstanding Security Consultant
5. Outstanding Security Installer
6. Outstanding Female Security Professional
7. Lifetime Achievement

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1. Outstanding In House Security Manager/Director

In house security managers/directors can operate in different ways, they may work as advisors to the organisation or be a head of a team or department. Whatever the role, this category recognises those who through security expertise, business acumen and/or skilful and innovative leadership approaches, have led the security portfolio with distinction. Outstanding performers will be leaders and innovators who are setting examples that others will wish to follow.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the security manager/director and the ways in which he/she has led change in the organisation including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the security manager/director and his/her impact on the work of the security department highlighting the specific leadership qualities that generated any benefits noted. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the role has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the manager/director to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the improvements made to people and/or process and systems

2. Outstanding In House Security Team

This award recognises outstanding in-house security teams in the private, public or voluntary sectors. An outstanding team is one that has implemented an approach which has contributed to the overall performance of the organisation. This can include roles in protecting the organisation against different types of threats, some or all of which may be innovative or exemplary, as well as showing outstanding performance in enabling the organisation to operate in ways or areas that would not be possible without the contribution of the security team

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the work of the security team and the ways in which it has driven outstanding performance highlighting the key factors that have enabled success. (500 words)
  2. Describe the impact of the team highlighting the benefits and value it has generated for different stakeholders. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing how the team creates and implements an effective security strategy and drives security performance
  • Highlighting how good security impacts on the wider organisation
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how improvements made to people and/or process and systems

3. Outstanding Contract Security Company

This OSPA recognises those who are outstanding suppliers of manned security guarding. In the modern world the provision of manned guarding services has become a much more skilled task. Motivating staff, managing resources in an increasingly competitive and price sensitive environment, up-skilling, recognising the distinct importance of front line leadership, making the most of technologies, forging internal and external partnerships and making them work are just some of the trends that are leading to new approaches and thinking about manned guarding. The object of this category is to recognise the outstanding performers in making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the security guarding company and the service it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the security guarding company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the company displays
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying examples of business success in initiatives, procedures and policies
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

4. Outstanding Security Consultant

This OSPA recognises the security consultant – individual, team or company – demonstrating outstanding performance in any aspect of security consulting. Consultants often play a key role in security in offering expertise and insight which can transform the quality of service, product or system that is offered. It recognises the existence of distinct skill sets and crucially the ways these are harnessed and managed to make a difference to security strategy and/or practice.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role and objectives of the consultant and the key factors that reflect outstanding performance. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the security consultant has displayed outstanding performance in terms for example, of leadership skills, a focus on the customer, by adding value or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the consultant has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the key distinguishing strengths of the consultant including leadership skills
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced positively wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

5. Outstanding Security Installer

This OSPA recognises outstanding performance by security installers, be that individuals or companies. Excelling at security installations requires a rounded approach and often skill sets that include security expertise, project management and customer care. Although security installations are about adding value the precise benefits will vary by type of client and type of installation. This OSPA recognises those who excel at security installations.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the service the installer provides, the main areas of outstanding performance, and how these were achieved. (500 words)
  2. Describe the additional value and benefits that were generated for clients and the factors and drivers that enabled the installer to excel. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the installer displays
  • Highlighting how new technology and/or innovative techniques have improved performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of client benefits
  • Demonstrating how high performance is sustained

6. Outstanding Female Security Professional

This OSPA recognises a female security professional, at any level of an organisation, who has consistently shown outstanding performance over an extended period of time and has had a substantial impact upon defining and driving standards in the security sector.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe her role, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout her career. (500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout their career, how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how they have contributed to raising performance standards throughout the security sector. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the individual has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced security sector and/or client operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added by the individual’s overall contribution

7. Lifetime Achievement

This OSPA recognises a senior member of the security community who has been working in the industry for over 30 years. It recognises an individual who has consistently shown outstanding performance over an extended period of time and has had a substantial impact upon defining and driving standards in the security sector.

The winner of this category will be nominated and decided by the OSPA judges.

The Judges will be awarding this category to an individual who has shown outstanding performance in:

  • The roles held by the individual and the significance of them to security
  • The factors that enable the individual to excel at what he or she has done
  • Their influence on the security sector
  • Building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • The overall value added over his or her career