Carrie Pither from Africa Inland Mission took part in 6 coaching sessions from January – March 2018. Carrie explains why she decided to apply for a place on the programme:
"Although not new to the risk and crisis management arena (both my colleague and I have careers backgrounds in policing/law enforcement) we were both new to overseas security. This was an ideal opportunity for us to build on our existing knowledge. In addition, our organisation is currently reviewing its position in relation to risk and crisis and the coaching course was perfect timing for this review and change of direction. Ultimately, security information management is about caring for our staff and business continuity. We are keen to develop our organisation’s incident reporting to assist us in identifying trends, build resilience and manage the placement of our staff."
The SIIM coaching programme was aimed at organisations hoping to establish or improve their security procedures. Participants were paired up with a security expert who provided tailored guidance and support. Carrie describes her experience of the coaching and the impact it has had on her organization:
"We were delighted with our coach, Colin Walker. Each week he helped us explore and develop a specific aspect of our training. His expertise and wisdom were second to none and he was keen to share this with us throughout the course duration. We were also impressed with the administration of the course: professional, organised and friendly.
During the sessions, our coach expertly guided us through the risk assessment process and we explored together a wide range of Risk Assessment examples/styles. As a result of the training we have set up a Risk Assessment Working Group in order to review and develop our risk assessment processes to ensure that they are the best fit for our staff/personnel and organisational needs.
The coaching gave us a broader understanding of risk management and greater confidence in driving change at all levels of the organization. We are now in a good place to create new policy and commence implementation."