2023 Ireland OSPA Award Winners Announced

May 26, 2023News

The second Ireland Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event, sponsored by TEAM Software by WorkWave, took place at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin on 26 May 2023.

Security professionals gathered to celebrate the very best from across the sector with a thought leadership summit and presentation event hosted by the OSPAs founder, Professor Martin Gill.

Commenting on the event Professor Gill said ‘We are delighted by interest we have received in this second year.  The OSPAs serve to recognise the whole industry; they are independent and are run on strict ethical principles creating a level playing for all.’

‘The OSPAs event is a true celebration to acknowledge and recognise the fantastic work that is taking place across the security sector and all those that were nominated should feel very proud” he further said.

Lifetime Achievement Award
One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary Bergin.  Garry is a highly experience security professional with over two decades of security operations management experience across a variety of security industry sectors. He has many industry accreditations and is currently studying towards a Professional Doctorate at the University of Portsmouth.  Judges commented that Garry’s resume is one of the most impressive in the Irish Security Industry and that his commitment is a major driving force behind the successful development of Manguard Plus (the company where he works), as well as being a key figure across the entire Irish security sector in the context of ensuring it is an effective, flexible, innovative and fit for purpose industry for a modern Ireland.

2023 Ireland award winners:

Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director 
Antonie Vasile – United Drug Ireland

Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
Darren Martin – Bidvest Noonan

Outstanding Security Team
National Rehabilitation Hospital Security Team

Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
Manguard Plus

Outstanding Security Consultant
Paul Kellett – PCK Consultancy

Outstanding Security Training Initiative
Manguard Plus & IFPO International

Outstanding Security Officer
Richard Murphy – Pinterest

Outstanding Young Security Professional
Hermina Bunic – Bidvest Noonan

Outstanding Security Partnership

Lifetime Achievement
Garry Bergin – Manguard Plus

Comments from our winners:

I am thrilled and without words, extremely honored to receive such award Outstanding young security professional 2023,I want to thank my amazing teams, Bidvest Noonan and AWS for support it wouldn’t be possible without them!

Thank you to all Judges and Martin Gill for making this happen, much appreciated, it truly was and amazing day!

Hermina Bunic, Bidvest Noonan

Being named Security Consultant of the Year is an overwhelming honour, and I am humbled by the recognition. This achievement fuels my determination to push boundaries, innovate, and continue delivering exceptional results. I am indebted to the incredible individuals who have supported me throughout this journey.

My gratitude extends to my mentors, colleagues, and clients who have entrusted me with their security needs and provided invaluable guidance. I would also like to express my appreciation to the esteemed panel of judges who recognised my contributions and bestowed upon me this prestigious honour. 

Paul Kellett, PCK Consultancy

To be recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Outstanding Security Performance Awards is a major milestone that I accept with immense gratitude and pride. This honour echoes the achievements of the remarkable winners who have gone before me.

My heartfelt thanks go to the judges for considering me worthy of this award, and to the individual who nominated me. My Heartfelt thanks is extended to Sean Hall and the remarkable team at Manguard, for playing an integral role in my professional journey.

Garry Bergin, Manguard Plus

The event organisers would like to thank all those who have helped to make the second Ireland OSPAs event such a success including: all the supporting associations and judges; sponsors: TEAM Software (headline sponsor); Edith Cowan University (trophies and certificates); and Mitie (category sponsor).

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