Thursday 10th June 2021

Live from 9AM








Lockdown, social distancing, covid-secure and remote working, are not only recent terms relating to Covid-19, but also describes the individual challenges faced by those working within security and estate management.

Since March 2020 many commercial premises, offices and public buildings have been ‘mothballed’ in the wake of the pandemic. Organisations have had to enact emergency planning measures to adapt their security and management needs. Has this resulted in greater or reduced investment within the sector?

Smart technology is a potential solution, which will evolve and shape how we look after shared spaces, though is it the panacea some experts believe in to be? Will we instead need a future hybrid model based on the susceptibility of cyber threats or is AI the clear future in automated systems?

Join us for a virtual forum to discuss the latest updates on latest technology, best practice and shared challenges.

Highlights of the Security and Estates Management Conference include:




Security & Estates Management Conference

Please note timings/speakers/topics are subject to change

10th June 2021


Conference Opens: exhibition and networking


Opening Keynote- Adapt to thrive: optimising education assets for children, communities and the taxpayer

LocatED is a government-owned property company, responsible for buying and developing sites for new schools in England. In this keynote talk, Chief Executive Lara Newman, discusses how her team took an agile approach to its core operations and management of the DfE asset portfolio in the wake of the pandemic; utilising education assets for COVID testing and quarantine centres and adapting income generation and savings initiatives to fit with COVID restrictions. She reflects on how striving for a more flexible and open public estate can help the country recover, providing examples of how this approach in schools has supported wellbeing, community engagement and helps future-proof school buildings to adapt and thrive in the face of unexpected changes.

Lara Newman
Chief Executive, LocatED

AI in Security, is it more human than we think?

Artificial Intelligence has inserted itself into our everyday lives. Whether it’s a home speaker system that we can talk to, or a doorbell that recognizes your face and lets you in, we are seeing AI take over tasks that we used to have to do ourselves. We are in the age of AI. The question is… should we embrace it?

James Dickens
Sales Manager, Commend UK
Rory Martin
Solutions Manager, Commend UK

Modern Policing: Protecting communities

Umer Khan is a serving Chief Superintendent with Greater Manchester Police with over 25 years of policing experience, having started as a PC in Rochdale in 1995. Awarded an OBE for services to policing in 2018 – Umer Khan has been actively involved in many initiatives, including collaborating with our very own University of Salford. This session will explore the active role of the Greater Manchester Police in protecting and serving local communities, especially digital safeguarding which has seen an increase since the pandemic.

Umer Khan OBE
Chief Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police



Manchester SafeZone Alliance

Over the summer, CriticalArc will be launching the SafeZone Global Alliance which will allow any of our University customers across the world (community of circa 3 million users) to opt into the Global Alliance (in the UK 40% of Universities use SafeZone of which we have 40% of Russell Group members as users). As a result of this capability, any user of the SafeZone service (staff or students) may use their SafeZone app on any other University location globally that operates SafeZone (like the Eduroam concept for Wi-Fi). This new offering will be fully data privacy compliant, UK, EU, CCPA, etc. As a steppingstone to the global alliance, some of our customers are also looking to create City and or Regional Alliances and launching for example a Safe and Smart ‘Manchester’ where any student or staff member visiting each other’s campuses/buildings would be permitted to use their institutions SafeZone at another and call for assistance, check in and receive mass communication from the local security and safety teams. We welcome you to join this session to listen to Trevor Jones (University of Salford) and Janine Rigby (University of Manchester) to learn more about this global first and how this will benefit staff and students with enhanced safety, security, wellbeing and emergency management capabilities.

Janine Rigby
IT Business Change Manager, The University of Manchester
Trevor Jones
Head of Security and Community Support, University of Salford

Standards in the Private Security Industry - from compliance to excellence!

Discusses why professional and business standards are key to the PSI supporting public protection and community safety now and into the future and how we the regulator are going beyond the minimum to support the development of an increasingly professional industry. The Security Industry Authority is the statutory organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. Established as a non-departmental public body in 2003, the SIA reports to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 200

Stephen McCormick
Executive Director, Licensing and Standards, Security Industry Authority (SIA)

The New Way of Working: Workplace and facilities management’s opportunity

There remains legitimate concerns in organisations in terms of them cutting down their occupied spaces and what this may mean for the demand for services within workplace and FM, but there are certainly opportunities for Workplace and Facilities professionals to take the lead and enable the new ways of working that far outweigh the negatives. Peter will explore these opportunities and challenges and further highlight the powerful influence of the profession as the established agents of change.

Peter Brogan
Head of Research and Insight, Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management



AI in Security, let’s see it in practice

Following on from the morning discussion on how and if we can embrace AI as humans, the afternoon session will explore the technology in the field and how people are currently using it to increase operational efficiencies, enhance customer experience and deliver smart security.

James Dickens
Sales Manager, Commend UK
Rory Martin
Solutions Manager, Commend UK

Access Control at Remote Sites

An insight into the expanding market of remote access management at sensitive sites – without the need for wiring or power. We will cover Key, Card and Phone based access control as well as automated competency and credential based access management.

James Scharff
Managing Director, CyberLock/Sellox Limited

The Security Institute: Increasing engagement

The UK’s largest professional membership body for security professionals, with over 4,100 members to date. This session will explore the collaborative effect of bringing the Government Security Profession together with Corporate and private sector security professionals. Sharing thought leadership through digital engagement.

Rick Mounfield
Chief Executive, The Security Institute



Raising standards in University Security & Estates Management

In today's globalised higher education market, the needs and priorities of students and their parents demand that UK universities adopt a proactive role in ensuring their students' safety and wellbeing — not only while on campus, but throughout their student experience. This session will explore how, through membership and accreditation, the award-winning ProtectED initiative enables universities to: (i) Evidence their commitment to student safety, security and wellbeing; (ii) Build an integrated, strategic capability in safeguarding the student experience; and (iii) Celebrate their compliance with good practice.

Andrew B. Wootton
Director, ProtectED CIC

Live Event Ends

The Auditorium Sessions & Resource Centre are available until July 10th, 2021. Come back and watch the sessions you missed or download/share any of the materials.

Who Should Attend

  • Business Manager Facilities
  • Capital Planning Managers
  • Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities Management
  • Deputy Head of Capital Projects
  • Director Estates Strategy
  • Director of Estates
  • Director of Estates and Facilities Management
  • Director of Finance and Operations
  • Director of Property
  • Emergency Management Lead
  • Estates Director
  • Estates Officer
  • Facilities Manager
  • Finance and Premises Manager
  • Group Director of Estate Development
  • Head of Capital Projects
  • Head of Client Relations
  • Head of Health and Safety
  • Head of Maintenance
  • Head of Property Services
  • Head of Security
  • Head of Technical Services
  • Security Managers
  • Security Supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions

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To visit booths, and chat with exhibitors you can click the “Exhibition Hall” button and that will take you directly to the exhibit hall.
This This event is designed specifically for professionals working within the Estate management / Security sectors. If you are a supplier or sales representative and would like to enquire as to how to attend the event, please give us a call on 0161 295 3000
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself at the end of the event.
Yes, the majority of our content will be accessible for 30 days post event where you can listen to content on-demand.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event, if you haven’t received this please do check your junk mail.