Researcher among most influential

Top 50: Dr Alison Wakefield

Top 50: Dr Alison Wakefield

University of Portsmouth risk and security expert Alison Wakefield has been voted fourth most influential person in security in an international list of the world’s most prominent thought leaders and pioneers.

Dr Wakefield is course leader of the BSc Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management in the University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.

The 2015 IFSEC international top 50 rankings were determined by a round of public voting and deliberations by a panel of 13 expert judges from across the security and fire safety industries.

The roll call features prominent thought leaders, pioneers in product development and entrepreneurs and executives who have overseen surging revenues, profits and market share.

Dr Wakefield said: “I was surprised to be on the top 50 list and to have been voted by my peers as the fourth most influential person in security. It was a wonderful surprise and means a lot to me.

“It is an extremely exciting and challenging time to work in the security sector, and very rewarding to support the education of security practitioners, as well as to help drive the Security Institute’s aims to increase its influence and contribution to security professionalism.”

In addition to teaching, Dr Wakefield is vice chairman of the UK’s main member association for security practitioners, the Security Institute. In 2010-11 she chaired the Security Institute working group that developed the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional, a qualification that was launched in 2011 to enable senior security practitioners to achieve comparable status to Chartered professionals in other disciplines.

Among her publications, she is the author of ‘Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space’, which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003, and she is co-editor of ‘The Sage Dictionary of Policing’.

One of those who voted for her told the judges: “Alison has been an instrumental and driving force in the push to professionalise security management in the UK.” Another said: “Not only does Alison inspire the next generation of security experts through her work as a lecturer at the University but she has also worked tirelessly to ensure high standards within the wider security community.” A third wrote that she had bridged “the academic-industry divide”.

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