Overview of the Validation Board

The Institute's Validation Process has been developed by industry professionals from a range of security backgrounds to independently recognise and benchmark your security experience, qualifications, training and professional commitment.  It is an evolving process which is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure it reflects today's security profession.

The guardians of the process are our Validation Board - a voluntary team of some 38 security professionals representing a wide range of sectors within the profession.  From this team approximately 14 members attend each monthly VB meeting to review all applications and recommend suitable grades to the main Board of Directors.

To ensure that the VB can recommend fair grading levels for everyone choosing to join the Security Institute, it is imperative that each VB member brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The Validation Process is completed anonymously, therefore even if an applicant is known to the members of the VB, it is only possible to award membership grades based on the information and supporting evidence submitted.


Peter Lavery, Colt Technology Services, Chairman

Paula Stanbridge, Membership Manager, SyI

Tony Aston, Thales, Vice Chairman VB and Chairman VB Working Group

Graeme Addy, Intsyco Ltd, Member of VB Working Group

Ciaran Barry, Linx International Group

Steve Bell, South Lanarkshire Council

Jeremy Bennett, FCO

Andy Boffin, GE Healthcare Ltd

Edit Bori, Westminster Abbey, Member of VB Working Group

Alan Cain, Manchester Metropolitan University

Mike Cannon, Security Surveillance Solutions

Nigel Carpenter, Independent Security Risk Management Consultant

John Davies, Euroclear SA/NV

Paul Drury, Experian

Nick Evans

Peter French, Gold Command

Mariella Gallo, Arup

Martyn Hall

Gez Hart, Buro Happold Engineers Ltd

Stephen Hudson, JLT Group                

Peter Hurry, TPS Consult

Mike Hurst, HJA Fire and Security

Barry Jarvis, BAE Systems

Mike Lees, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Julia McClelland, Sellafield

Rod McLeod, Pfizer

Mike Maguire, Gap

Sam Nicholls, Diverse Strategies Ltd, Member of VB Working Group

Jonathan Schulten, Broadgate Estates, Member of VB Working Group

John Sephton, Brookfield

Paul Shanes, Office for Nuclear Regulation

Barrie Stewart, Securitas     

Rod Stobie, Boeing Defence UK

Rick Stocks, Babraham Institute

Marc Took, City Security Services Ltd, Member VB Working Group

Chas Treasure, RSA

Mark Tucknutt, Toren Consulting

Mark Whittle, McDonalds Restaurants Ltd

Jordan Wyatt


The SyI Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Institute are also Validation Board members.

VB members are appointed by invitation of the VB Chairman. There is no maximum number that may sit on the VB, however it is important that sufficient members are available from across a range of disciplines whenever a Validation Board meeting is held.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a Validation Board member, then please contact Paula Stanbridge on paula@security-institute.org