The Security Institute has announced that David Thorp has been appointed to the newly-created role of Managing Director. David holds a BA in Law and an MSc in Training and Performance Management and most recently he was Director of Research & Professional Development at The Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the British Institute of Learning and Development. Security Institute Chairman Emma Shaw commented:” The appointment of a Managing Director is a key and strategic decision for the Board of Directors and represents the significant growth and development plans of the Institute. I am absolutely delighted to welcome David to the organisation; 2014 is our 15th year anniversary and during this time the Institute has grown from strength to strength. We have a proud history and a bright future and this is the perfect time to invest in our Head Office capability. David will work alongside our existing team and our volunteer Board of Directors to ensure we continue to deliver the objectives of the organisation and to continue to support our members. Our AGM on the 27th March will give people an early opportunity to meet David.” Commenting on his new role, David said:” I feel both delighted and privileged to have been appointed Managing Director of the Security Institute. I was drawn by the challenge of delivering the ambitious growth plans and I am looking forward to developing and influencing the shape of our sector, as well as supporting our members in their professional career development. The Security Institute has many dedicated volunteer security professionals and I relish the opportunity to work with them to help develop its future.”
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.