IFPO UK and Ireland would like to welcome Professor Mark Button to its Advisory Board. Professor Button is one of the most respected security academics in the UK, with an international reputation.
“Having someone of the caliber of Professor Mark Button on our Advisory Board can only serve to strengthen what is already a stellar team of senior security professionals," said Mike Hurst CPP CPOI, Director of IFPO UK & I and a member of the global board of directors. "We look forward to his input and insight.”
The board is a group of highly-experienced security professionals drawn from across the sector and plays a vital role in determining the direction IFPO UK and Ireland will be taking over the coming months and years, its governance and ts mission to support the education and career development of frontline security officers, supervisors and managers.
Button is Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth. He has written extensively on counter fraud, cyber-fraud, security and private policing issues, publishing many articles and chapters.
He has written 10 books, including Private Policing, published by Routledge; Security Officers and Policing, published by Ashgate; and Private Security (with Bruce George), published by Perpetuity.
Button has also acted as a consultant for the United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime on developing international standards for Civilian Private Security Services, co-writing a UN handbook on regulation of private security; and the United Nations Development Program/European Union on enhancing civilian oversight of the Turkish private security industry.
In addition, Button is a Fellow of the Security Institute and a former board member. Before joining the University of Portsmouth, he was a research assistant to the Rt. Hon. Bruce George MP specializing in policing, security and home affairs issues. Mark completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, his Masters at the University of Warwick Business School and his Doctorate at the London School of Economics.
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