Entries for 2023 are now closed.

The categories and criteria for the Southeast OSPAs are listed below.

The same criteria is applied to all participating countries. Please note that it is important that all the entry criteria are covered in the submission, as judges can only provide their scores against the information that is submitted on the entry. External links and attachments are not permitted.

The judges are responsible for awarding the winners and finalists in each category. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The OSPAs reserve the right to not award a particular category if circumstances deem it necessary.

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Example answer for Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director

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2023 Southeast Asia OSPA Categories

Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director
Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
Outstanding Security Team
Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
Outstanding New Security Product
Outstanding Security Officer
Outstanding Female Security Professional
Outstanding Young Security Professional
Lifetime Achievement


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. (up to 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. (up to 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

Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director – employed by a contract security company

Contract security managers/directors can operate in different ways, they may work as advisors to a client organisation or be the head of a team or department on behalf of a client. 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 for both their company and their client organisation. 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. (up to 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. (up to 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

Outstanding Security Team

This award recognises outstanding security teams in the private, public or voluntary sectors – open to contracted teams, those employed direct or a combination.  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. (up to 500 words)
  2. Describe the impact of the team highlighting the benefits and value it has generated for different stakeholders. (up to 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

Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding) sponsored by Guardhouse

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. (up to 500 words)
  2. Describe how the security guarding company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this OSPA. (up to 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 business benefits and how they are sustained

Outstanding New Security Product 

This OSPA recognises an outstanding new product that has been designed and implemented to improve any area of security practice, and has been introduced to the security market in the last 12 months. The key point about new products is that they have a marked effect on improving security performance; that is that they add value and have clearly identified benefits.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the product and its distinguishing features, and any innovative aspects that enable it to be considered as cutting edge. (up to 500 words)
  2. Evidence how the product is specifically designed to address a market demand, show how the product adds value. (up to 500 words)

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

  • Discussing any creative and innovative aspects of the design process
  • Highlighting the distinct features of the product
  • Identifying the impact of the product on clients
  • Providing examples of benefits for customers
  • Demonstrating the ways in which the product adds value

Outstanding Security Officer

This OSPA recognises the security officer (up to supervisor level) demonstrating the most outstanding performance. It will be awarded to a security officer who is highly committed to security work, showing enthusiasm, initiative and displaying security competence in different areas including in the development of stakeholder relationships. The officer will have had a beneficial impact on the workplace positively influencing operations and having been recognised for achieving outstanding service.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

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

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

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the individual displays
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced client operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added by the individual’s contribution

Outstanding Female Security Professional

This award recognises an outstanding individual who identifies as female working at any level in an organisation who has consistently shown outstanding performance over a substantial 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 the role of the female professional, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout her career. (up to 500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout their career, how she has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how she has contributed to raising performance standards throughout the security sector. (up to 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

Outstanding Young Security Professional

This OSPA recognises a young security professional – that is anyone below the age of thirty (there is no restriction on the number of years spent in security) – who has excelled in his/her early career performance. This OSPA will be awarded to someone who has made an impact in the area of private security, for example as a analyst/researcher, working for a security supplier and/or corporate security (rather than police/military). This could be in any area of security activity, as a student, in the workplace or a combination, but it will be someone who has made a difference and is laying the basis for an outstanding career in security.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the young professional and the ways in which he/she has excelled. (up to 500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the young professional and his/her impact in specific area or areas of security activity (inside the workplace and/or outside) highlighting the special qualities of the individual. (up to 500 words)

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

  • Discussing the work of the young professional and its relationship to security
  • Highlighting the ways in which the young professional is laying the foundations of a security career
  • Identifying the influence of the young professional on specific audiences
  • Providing examples of interest and dedication to improving security
  • Demonstrating how high performance will be sustained

Lifetime Achievement (Must be nominated by a third party)

This OSPA recognises a senior member of the security community. 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.

In nominating someone for this category (it is nomination only) you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the individual’s career, including key moments and prominent achievements. (up to 500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout the individual’s career, how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and specific contributions to raising performance in the security sector. (up to 500 words)

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

  • Discussing the roles held by the individual and the significance of them to security
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced the security sector
  • Providing examples of building and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added