Diston and Galloway appointed to key roles at awarding body Industry Qualifications

Raymond Clarke: Group CEO at IQ

Raymond Clarke: Group CEO at IQ

In two significant developments, Ofqual-regulated awarding organisation Industry Qualifications (IQ) has appointed Richard Diston MSc MSyI in the role of sector manager for security risk and resilience, at the same time appointing vastly experienced security training and consultancy specialist Stuart Galloway as interim quality manager.

The appointment of Richard Diston comes at a time when IQ is remodelling its approach towards both sector engagement and quality assurance. It has been a long-term aspiration of the company to increase the prominence of sectors within its operational structure, and Diston now joins Laurence Clarke MSc (health and social care and cosmetic procedures) and Monica Jirh BA (management and administration) in taking a sector leadership role.

IQ intends to develop teams around the sector manager responsible for qualifications development, quality assurance, learning product availability and audit (with IQ Verify).

Richard Diston

Richard Diston

“The purpose is to provide a more holistic approach to our key sectors, with an increased understanding of sector needs and improvements to the integration of our activities in the sectors concerned,” explained Raymond Clarke, Group CEO, in conversation with Risk UK.

“We’re particularly pleased that Richard has joined us,” continued Clarke. “He has extensive knowledge of the delivery of training in the sector, having led training within a major UK security company. His academic understanding of the sector is both substantial and at a high level. This, combined with Richard’s ongoing contribution to industry forums and debates, makes him an ideal candidate for IQ.”

Speaking about his appointment, Diston observed: “I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to play a strategic role in the shaping of education and assessment in the sector over the coming years. As a long-term customer of IQ, and having studied issues concerning loss and resilience, I hope that the organisation will increasingly be seen as the ‘go to’ business for those with a keen and professional interest in security and risk.”

Stuart Galloway

Stuart Galloway

In a separate development, Stuart Galloway (senior associate at WSG Associates) has been appointed as interim quality manager with effect from Monday 3 April. Galloway, who boasts extensive experience in security training and management development, will be working with Raymond Clarke (and supported by the sector managers) to review the approach of the organisation towards assuring quality and managing risk.

“I’m aware that developing its approach towards managing risk in accordance with ISO 31000 is an objective for IQ,” stated Galloway, “and I’m looking forward to playing my part in that development.”

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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