Sheena Ackerman Wins OSPA
Sheena Ackerman Wins OSPA – Optic Security’s Sheena Ackerman, Broome-based with a diffuse role covering project management, estimation, security consultancy and sales, has been awarded Outstanding Female Security Professional at this year’s security awards night in Sydney.
The 2022 ASIAL Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), and Australian Security Medals Foundation Awards showcased the pinnacle of professionalism in Australia’s private security sector, and Ackerman was up against tough competition in her category.
“Sheena is an outstanding leader within the group, and her agility and her uniquely polymathic skills as a security administrator, coordinator, and project manager are vital to the efficient and effective delivery of security services in the remote setting of the north of Western Australia,” said Optic Security Group managing director Mark Lloyd after the win. “We are extremely proud of her accomplishments; to be recognised among her industry peers in this way is truly outstanding.”
With an operating area twice the size of the state of Victoria, delivering great outcomes for her clients in the remote northwest poses major challenges for Ackerman and the Optic team – from staffing to freight and logistics to the mechanics of remote working under extreme conditions and during a global pandemic.
“Issues like COVID-related labour shortages and supply chain issues have only exacerbated the inherent logistical and resourcing challenges in remote settings, such as our northwest operations, and over the last 12 months Sheena has demonstrated outstanding levels of commitment, forbearance, teamwork, customer focus, and innovative thinking to ensure that we’ve been able to continuously deliver for our clients,” said Lloyd.
“Sheena is a true asset to the Optic family. From her colleagues in Broome to the broader trans-Tasman Group, we are a better organisation for the skills and qualities she brings to her role.”
Optic’s senior sales and operations teams were at the event to support both Sheena and the group’s Darwin-based team, which was a finalist in the ASIAL Award for Excellence category ‘Electronic Security Installation Over $100,000’, for its successful Haileybury Randall International School project.
This project saw the Optic team identify, design/propose and implement a solution for a new facility comprising 4 accommodation blocks, and kitchen, lounge, laundry and toilet amenities, for an independent co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day school located in the Darwin suburb of Berrimah.
Optic’s podium showing at this year’s awards follows a string of Optic winners and finalists at the 2022 and 2021 New Zealand Security Awards, and this year’s inaugural New Zealand OSPAs, and comes 3 years after the Group’s 2019 ASIAL Award For Excellence for its Smart Darwin CCTV project.
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