Brian Schofield, Head of Security Services at the University of Bath, received a standing ovation when he received the accolade for his outstanding contribution at the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) Annual Conference on 6 April.

Since Brian joined us in 2005, successful initiatives have led to low crime levels on campus with the University ranked First for Security in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey.

Prior to joining us, Brian gave 30 years’ service to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, including eight years based at Manvers Street Police Station, recently reopened as The Virgil Building.

As well as his full time role at Bath, Brian manages security and security control rooms at major events including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading Festivals.

In his spare time Brian enjoys adventure, with exploits including climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking to the Everest base camp and driving his Land Rover through the Moroccan Atlas Mountains and across the Sahara desert into Syria.

Brian said: “The award came as a complete surprise, I have been passionate about the Association and how it supports fellow university heads of security for some 12 years and am always prepared to share ideas and initiatives with colleagues; being honoured in such a way by my peers made me feel extremely humble but also very proud."

Jane Loveys, Director of ahs, the department that includes Security Services, said: “When I was asked if I would support the recommendation for Brian to be honoured, I was delighted that his enthusiasm and knowledge had been recognised by his peers. It was a real challenge to keep it a secret from Brian as I was so excited for him.”