University security expert shortlisted for national award

Dr Alison Wakefield
Dr Alison Wakefield
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A University of Portsmouth risk and security expert has been short-listed for a national security industry award.

Dr Alison Wakefield, who is a senior lecturer in security risk management at the university, has been named as a finalist in the ‘contribution to security’ section of the Women in Security Awards.

Earlier this year Dr Wakefield, pictured, was voted the fourth most influential person in security in an international list of thinkers and pioneers in the field.

She said: ‘I was surprised and delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in 
the Women in Security Awards, especially as the organisers received a record number of nominations this year.

‘I still can’t quite believe it.’

The annual awards, now in their fourth year, are organised by Professional Security magazine.

The winners will be announced at a 
black-tie ceremony later this month.

‘The list of nominations indicates just a fraction of the outstanding women operating in this traditionally male sector,’ added Dr Wakefield.