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).
“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.”
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.”