Brian Sims

Rick Mounfield to stand down as CEO of The Security Institute

THE SECURITY Institute – the UK’s largest professional membership body for security practitioners with over 4,300 members – has announced that Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI will be standing down as CEO at the end of April.

Mounfield, who joined The Security Institute’s Head Office team in early 2017, has overseen a period of tremendous growth for the organisation in terms of membership and influence within the security sector in general.

Membership has almost doubled in the five-year period since 2017. This has allowed the not-for-profit organisation to invest in exciting professional development tools for members, including a Mentoring Scheme that launched in 2018 and a new Community Platform that came into being in 2020.

At the same time, the Institute has increased influence across the private and public sectors, with the number of its Corporate Partners increasing from three to 50. In addition, more than 30 Government Departments have supported the Institute’s registered security professionals to join via Group Membership Schemes.

Going forward, Mounfield will remain in post until the end of April and work with The Security Institute’s new chief operating officer, Angela Vernon Lawson CSyP FSyI, to help ensure a smooth transition while the organisation recruits for a new CEO.

Dedication to the task

Speaking about the announcement, Mounfield stated: “I want to thank and acknowledge the staff and all of the 30-plus volunteers on the Board of Directors that I have had the pleasure to work with over the past five years.  Each is a true professional in their role and each is dedicated to the work that the Institute delivers. Without them, the Institute would not be what it is today.”

Mounfield added: “I feel the time is right after five years to hand over the reins to a new CEO who, along with our brilliant new chief operating officer Angela Vernon Lawson, will be able to take us into the next exciting chapter.”

The Security Institute’s chair Peter Lavery FSyI responded: “Rick has played an integral role in galvanising the staff and members, transforming The Security Institute into the successful professional membership organisation it is today. He always said he would stay for three-to-five years and, true to his word, he will be leaving to pursue opportunities within the sector as a returning practitioner.”

Lavery continued: “We are indebted to Rick for his hard work over the past five years, particularly in terms of leading the organisation’s digital transformation and rallying members to support one another and share knowledge during the pandemic. On behalf of the Board and the membership, I would like to thank Rick and wish him every success in all of his future endeavours.”

Promoting integrity and professional competence

Since the year 2000, The Security Institute has been working to promote the highest possible standards of integrity and professional competence in the business of security.

Membership of The Security Institute affords credibility, enhances career prospects, provides a network of excellent contacts and offers continual professional development in addition to a wide range of networking opportunities.

*Further information on the work of The Security Institute is available by visiting the organisation’s website at

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