Clearly a man who loves a challenge, he will shirk the lightweight shorts and singlet favoured by most of the other competitors, in favour of the traditional military style uniform first worn by the early operational staff of Corps Security. Known as the Full Shout uniform, it is still very much part of Corps Security’s identity, although rarely used by those undertaking sporting endeavours.

However, this will not be the first time that Salman has run in this attire, having completed a 5k (3.1 miles) event two years ago. ‘Last time the biggest challenge was definitely the heat combined with a uniform that was never really designed to cope with running conditions,’ he said. ‘This time I felt it only right to increase the personal challenge, hence I am doing a half marathon which will mean running 13.1 miles. This will take me just over two hours and although I’m sure that the latter part of the race will be testing, the thought of raising as much money as I can for the Gurkha Welfare Trust will keep me going.’

As the leading Gurkha charity, the Gurkha Welfare Trust provides financial, medical and community aid to nearly 7,000 retired soldiers and widows in Nepal who have no other form of income. Most are now in their 80s and 90s and are heavily reliant on support for a secure and comfortable old age.

Asked why he chose to support this particular charity, Salman replies, ‘2015 marks the bicentennial of loyal Gurkha service to the British Crown. I’m incredibly lucky to work with a number of fantastic Gurkha colleagues at Corps Security and therefore proud to do my small bit at a time of such significance.  The recent traumatic earthquakes in Nepal have obviously exacerbated the problem – which has given me added impetus to achieve my goal’.

Anyone wishing to support Salman and help him reach his financial target can donate by visiting his JustGiving page at

The OU is rated in the top ten of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2013/14 it had a 91% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.

In the latest assessment exercise for university research (Research Excellence Framework), nearly three quarters (72%) of The Open University’s research was assessed as 4 or 3 star – the highest ratings available – and awarded to research that is world-leading or internationally excellent. The Open University is unique among UK universities having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence.

Headquartered at Walton Hall, a 110-acre site in Milton Keynes, the site comprises 63 individual buildings and blocks that provide offices, laboratories, lecture halls, sports and social areas for over 4,000 staff. There are also and twelve regional and national administrative centres and two warehouse locations.

The Open University recognises the importance of having a high quality security operation in place and, for the last seven years Corps Security has been charged with making sure that all of these environments are safe and secure.

Corps Security’s regional operations director, Nigel Horne, explains, ‘The security operation at Walton Hall comprises a mix of manned guarding and surveillance technology. The manned guarding team consists of 16 core staff and seven relief personnel, with four officers on each shift. We ensure that all of those deployed understand the specific requirements necessary for carrying out their duties on this unique site, which include door locking/unlocking and car park management.’

There is an extensive road layout on site, with public rights of access on certain parts of it. While open access to this large and complex site is seen as an essential ingredient of academic life and a positive attribute, this policy does have a certain level of risk attached to it. As such, all officers are given Operation Fairway training and a five day on-site awareness course. Sensitive questioning, recognising hostile reconnaissance, post room threats and even sign language training is also delivered to enhance vigilance, while experts from Corps Security also carry out regular ‘train the trainer’ style modules to supervisors and team leaders.

As well as manned guarding services, Corps Security now supplies The Open University with remote intruder detection, access control and fire alarm monitoring services via its state-of-the-art Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC). This Glasgow based facility utilises only the very latest high specification technology and its credentials include National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold accreditation alongside BS 8418 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications.

Corps Security’s reputation for excellence is based on its ability to continually innovate to exceed its customers’ expectations. Nigel Horne comments, ‘Security is often viewed as an intangible service, so we have developed a system where it is possible to accurately measure our performance and clearly identify any areas that need addressing. At The Open University we have developed a system to define a series of key performance indicators (KPIs) that provide a comprehensive set of quantitative and qualitative data. To encourage a strict regime of continuous service review and appraisal, regular meetings take place where we analyse achievements against agreed standards and look at where improvements could be made.’

This KPI assessment analyses everything from training and incident reporting to management visits and even the appearance and communications skills of officers. Scores are allocated using a simple 1-4 marking scheme – where 1 (0 per cent) is poor and 4 (100 per cent) is excellent. The target for Corps Security is to score 3 or 4 – and this has been done so, on average, 98.25% of the time in the last rolling 12 month period.

Asked to describe the secret behind the success of the working relationship between Corps Security and The Open University, Nigel Horne replies, ‘It can be encapsulated in one word – partnership. Both parties demonstrate a willingness to work together in a way that encourages open channels of communication. This means that any necessary changes can be put into effect quickly to achieve common goals and objectives.’

This view is shared by Mary Legge, Head of Operations, Estates at The Open University, who concludes, ‘ Corps Security provide an excellent service across all our sites and   are an exemplar of how a manned guarding team should operate. They are an invaluable part of our operation and the positive feedback I receive from staff, students and visitors underscores how highly valued they are.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:

Now in their seventeenth year, the Security Personnel Awards mark the achievements and contributions made by those working in the UK’s private security industry. James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, said, ‘Each year, the Security Personnel Awards serve to demonstrate the high calibre of individuals employed within our industry.’

Since joining Corps Security in 2013 Clarence has made an overwhelmingly positive impression amongst colleagues and customers alike. He was nominated for the Best Newcomer award due to his ability to consistently deliver an outstanding level of customer service and raise the performance of others in the teams he works alongside. Always willing to share his knowledge, he provides voluntary mentoring for new recruits or younger members of the organisation, in order to make them feel welcome and to ensure that they conduct their duties in the correct manner.

Commenting on his award, Clarence said, ‘I’m delighted to have been presented with this prestigious accolade and to have my work for Corps Security recognised in this way. Since joining the company I have been encouraged to learn as much as I can about the security industry. The first-class training and skills development that I have been given has provided me with the impetus to go as far as I possibly can in my chosen career.’

Due to his ‘can-do’ attitude, many of Corps Security’s customers have requested that Clarence remains on their sites as a part of a permanent team. They have all remarked upon his approachable personality and ability to perform his role in a way that personifies the Corps Security ethos.

‘It is hard to believe that someone who is as new to the industry as Clarence is able to perform his duties with such professionalism, skill and dedication,’ commented Peter Webster, Corps Security’s Chief Executive. ‘We are incredibly proud of him for winning the hotly contested BSIA Regional Security Personnel Award for Best Newcomer and wish him all the best for the national competition.’