The Security Institute has appointed Lisa Sharkey and Nick Hymans CSyP as Directors of the Main Board. Lisa is a partner of Popplestone Allen Solicitors, specialising in licensing and entertainment law. She has particular interest in security (and regulation) owing to her professional involvement with the leisure industry, particularly the complex matters surrounding late-night licensing. She will be responsible for legal, governance, risk for the Board. Sharkey says,” I look forward to helping the Institute grow from strength to strength and to support it in its goal to achieve Chartered status.” Nick Hymans works for the Security Services department at Credit Suisse in London. He has previously worked with Control Risks, ArmorGroup and Group 4Falck after a successful career in the Army. He is heavily involved in resettlement of military leavers and with his extensive overseas experience, will provide useful support to our International Development. He will be responsible for the Register of Chartered Security Professionals. Nick says that one of his objectives is,” To try and place the CSyP qualification into a defined, attainable and easily understandable career path for current and future security professionals.” Security Institute Chairman Emma Shaw said of the appointments:” I am delighted to welcome our Directors to the Security Institute Board. They bring with them a wealth of experience which will bring benefits to all members”.
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.