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We are sad to hear of the recent passing of one of our former directors, Tony Allen.

Tony had a long-standing relationship with CSL, having founded the manufacturing company, Dycon, which supplied many of the early iterations of DualCom until they were acquired by the CSL Group in December 2014. At this point, Tony joined CSL as a Director before stepping back in 2016 to focus on his other roles.

Tony was a long-time supporter of Apprenticeships and up until his recent passing was the chairman of industry training provider, Skills for Security, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BSIA. Skills are the organising partner of WorldSkills UK and a stakeholder of Engineers of Tomorrow – alongside CSL. Tony’s passion for the industry and its future was mirrored by our Founder and BSIA Chairman, Simon Banks.

Simon commented: “Tony brought a unique combination of talents to the roles he was responsible for. His considerable commercial experience combined with his own brand of discipline gave him a passion for understanding the complexities of the security sector.

“In his last major role as Chairman of Skills for Security these talents, combined with strong communication skills, meant he was instrumental in steering the Skills for Security out of its poor financial position while also relentlessly driving quality improvements to course content and delivery. 

“It was Tony’s tenacity and persuasion that convinced me to become Chairman of the BSIA over three years ago.  He genuinely believed in the Association and saw the value of a professional security industry where others didn’t. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Everyone at CSL sends their thoughts to Tony’s family, friends and industry peers at this difficult time.

A small funeral with Tony’s closest family and friends will be held in June. For anyone one who would like to give a donation in Tony’s memory, for Leukaemia UK or St Michaels Hospice, may be forwarded to William Bevan Funeral Directors, 16 Old Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5JG (01989 562092).

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