The Security Institute has announced that Emma Shaw is its new chair. Her brief is to take the organisation to the next stage of its development by ensuring that it continues to meet the needs of its growing membership. Shaw is the founder and managing director of Esoteric, an electronic sweeping, counter espionage and intelligence gathering company. An MBA graduate and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP), her early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a period working in the UK Security Service. Having previously been vice-chairman of the Security Institute with responsibility for its strategic direction and finances, Shaw takes over from Mike Bluestone, who has held the position since 2009. Shaw has served on the main board of the Security Institute since 2007. Having also been both registrar and chairman of the Validation Board for several years, she has been instrumental in the on-going refinement of the membership process, ensuring it remains both current and relevant. In addition to her work at the Security Institute, Shaw is the southern region chairman of the Defence Industry Security Association, and a council member for City and Security Resilience Networks. Commenting on her new role, Shaw stated, ‘I feel both delighted and privileged to have been elected to lead the Security Institute. Although we are a UK-based organisation, our future direction, approach and thinking should also reflect our ability to support our members globally.’
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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.