The inaugural Ireland Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event will take place on Wednesday, 30th March 2022 at the Radisson Blue Royal Hotel Dublin.  The event is sponsored by Team Software and open to everyone from across the industry.

Ireland Thought Leadership Summit and OSPAs Awards Lunch

30th March 2022 – Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8


10:00    Coffee and registration

10:45    Thought Leadership Summit

Welcome and introduction – Professor Martin Gill

Incorporating protective intelligence into a physical security operation during a crisis

Pat Finucane – EMEA Regional Security Manager, Pinterest (previously Protective Intelligence &
Physical Security Manager at Dropbox)

Within a military context, intelligence helps forces prepare for operations in the battle space. In simple terms, intelligence analysis is the process used to identify and assess threats to a force or unit. In the physical security industry, Protective Intelligence does exactly the same thing – the only difference is the arena. We look at the same things – threats to the business, hostile actors, threat vectors and geo-political impact on operations.
During Crisis Operations it is essential that the security team is well briefed and can proactively identify, assess, and mitigate threats to the business entity. In many instances the Protective Intelligence team can sit within the GSOC function or be external to it (but it must still be part of the Physical Security program).
Over the last 2 years, Protective Intelligence teams have demonstrated value for money for many organisations – particularly supporting crisis response operations to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. For Protective Intelligence teams, monitoring and assessment is an ongoing process and continually helps the Physical Security leadership team make timely decisions that have direct impact across the business enterprise.
This presentation will focus on the added value that a fully built out Protective Intelligence program can have for Physical Security programs when responding to complex security challenges.

The paradox of security procurement: peanuts and monkeys

Finbarr McCarthy – Director, Global Workplace Safety & Security Operations at Workday

The Security function manages risk. Risk requires mitigation. Mitigation costs money and the Procurement department holds the purse strings.  Value-add, value engineer, achieve synergies: all procurement strategies to drive the price point to peanuts.  How do we as security professionals run the gauntlet of the procurement process to achieve our goals without ending up looking like monkeys.   

What security officers/guards say about security and how we can create career paths

Paul Kellett – Chief Officer, Irish Prison Service

This talk will provide an overview of the research conducted in the recent ‘IFPO Survey’ of over 10,000 security officers across nine different countries, which analysed the “Competence of frontline security professionals and what they say about their work”.  It will also outline the different career paths currently open to contemporary security professionals in Ireland.

12:35    Final comments – Professor Martin Gill

12:45    Networking/Drinks reception

13:15    Lunch

14:30    Presentation of Ireland Outstanding Security Performance Awards

15:30    END 

Table booking (10 guests) – 900€
Individual ticket – 100€

All tickets include welcome coffee, drinks reception, 2 course sit down lunch, the Thought Leadership Summit and the Awards presentation. 

Please contact for any questions you may have.