Outstanding Contribution Award

Winner: Figen Murray

Recognising an organisation or individual from either the private or government sector whose contribution to worldwide anti-terrorism efforts has been outstanding, the Outstanding Contribution to Counter Terrorism Award is considered the stand-out category. In the inaugural Counter Terror Awards, Mark Rowley, then the Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, was the recipient, and last year the award was split between public sector contribution, won by Chief Superintendent Keith Gilert, Senior Police Adviser at the Defence Science and Research Laboratory, and private sector contribution, won by SecuriGroup’s Allan Burnett.

The 2020 winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award is Figen Murray. The mother of Manchester Arena attack victim Martyn Hett, Figen has created a platform to speak to government ministers, local leader, business executives and security experts to explain the devastating personal consequences of the attack at the Arianna Grande concert - providing a heart-wrenching reminder why the Step Change Programme is so important. At the International Security Expo in December, Figen introduced Martyn’s Law in memory of her son and has grown into a vocal advocate for better security measures across the UK event venue scene.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi and Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu were also shortlisted in this category.