Report from the Cross Sector Security & Communications (CSSC) AGM

The CSSC AGM was held in June 2019 in central London, with high-level police

input and regional progress updates from around the UK.

Don Randall MBE, CSSC Deputy Chairman, provided an update on the progress of the national rollout of CSSC, which was launched at the June 2017 Step Change Summit (a partnership event organised in response to the upsurge in terror attacks). All ten CSSC regions are now in place, with some small issues to resolve; some areas are maturing and getting great benefits, others are learning from and maximising on what has been done before and developing fast.

Don noted that this was the third CSSC AGM: the structure is growing and individuality is emerging; the Trustees meet, challenge, endorse and support; the hub is supported by Graham Tucker and Irona Wilson. The Consultative Board is chaired by Sir David Veness.

Don went on to outline how the finance for the CSSC now has a more sustainable model. He explained how initially, this initiative relied on people giving their time voluntarily and individual donations. This year, the CSSC has been in receipt of donations from the Security Commonwealth and MOPAC.

Going forward, the CSSC would like to create a sustainable model. The board has written to 500 organisations to request a donation: this is not a membership fee, it is a gift to help continue to finance the important work of the CSSC.

Below are highlights from the regional updates CSSC Region updates:

South East – Guy Mathias

• The South East is making good progress, with a steady trickle of Industry Sector Leads (ISLs).

• They have facilitated a large tabletop event at Bluewater Shopping Centre.

• In November, they plan a faith sector seminar, to include secular and faith groups.

North East - Andrew Nichols (on their behalf)

• This region has been in place for 12 months.

• The hub is provided by Kings Secure Technology.

• Following the AGM, at a recent Consultative Board, Andy Davis, CSyP was appointed Chairman for this region.

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Guy Mathias (on behalf of David Ward)

• A mature region with 500 ISLs and associate levels in all industry sectors.

• They have delivered a presentation on Protect and Prepare across the region.

• Board members from the NHS and Police, Motor, Retail, Research and Development have been recruited.

South West – Karen Ramirez

• There is strong representation across the region including retail and tourism, education, utilities, small businesses.

• The incident in Salisbury highlighted how everyone should be prepared for major incidents to impact their areas.

• They have hosted a CT event which was well received.

Wales – Karen Ramirez (on behalf of Steve Morris)

• The first meeting was held in June. A test bridge call is planned within weeks.

• This is a huge region, but there is good coverage.

• The next meeting will be held in mid-Wales.

East Midlands – Andrew Nichols • There are 200 organisations on the East Midlands hub, with two to three new members a week.

• The board is established with representation from police and business: portfolios are agreed for each board member, they have also adopted a county area.

• Initiatives include: senior executives briefing paper, new member welcome pack, membership survey, established ISL award, quarterly newsletter, case study report.

Scotland –

David McCrinnon • Established in 2013 in

preparation for the Commonwealth Games and now a mature region. From 1st Jan, there have been 46 new registrations, including Nationwide.

• There was support provided around the Extinction Rebellion days of action in Edinburgh on how to protect and prepare your business.

• The major incident at Glasgow School of Art placed massive pressure on

the town centre. CSSC Scotland was able to send messages out and support cordons. It took 24 to 26 hours to get under control.

West Midlands – Barrie Millet

• It has been challenging to establish this region, but they are now making serious inroads. It’s all about partnerships: including regional policing and business.

• There is a strong regional board; the hub is provided at Severn Trent Water.

• There are quarterly board meetings, regional events, 171, ISLs, five local BIDs represented, active regional messages, quarterly newsletters.

Sir David Veness

Sir David concluded that the CSSC is now a truly national safety and security initiative and has moved away from wishing and hoping to a more business-like structure. There is not a massive machine and it needs to raise funding by donations.

He noted the sheer number of ISLs and how this local activity is a ‘force multiplier’. Also, he was gratified to see that CSSC regions are the same as CT units, with business crime having the same regions too. He concluded with his areas of particular note from the presentations:

• Prevent – we need to think very carefully about the business contribution.

• Increase liaison with JSARC – in particular, the intelligence sharing platform; he is confident we will have even better partnership with input from Pool Re.

• Private sector – we need to develop this term. Perhaps ‘non-public sector’ – terrorism has no borders. We need to recognise the role of faith and business.

The full report on the CSSC AGM is available at:



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