The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the appointment of Baroness Henig as itsspecial advisor on regulatory change. The former SIA Chairman will support the Association’s public affairs programme to represent the interests of the BSIA and its members in Parliament, and also at industry events. Reinforcing the importance of primary legislation to support the Government’s proposals for a new ‘lighter touch’ regulatory regime” which is set to include business licensing alongside individual registration” is a key priority for the Association. ‘Advancing the cause of primary legislation within Parliament is an essential role for the BSIA, as we continue to support our members to ensure the development of a new regulatory regime that is fully reflective of the industry’s needs,’ stated James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA. Baroness Henig will be an active participant in the Association’s Parliamentary roundtable programme, which debates private security involvement in the delivery of outsourced police support services. Baroness Henig has also joined SecuriGroup as a non-executive director. Baroness Henig’s previous roles in security and policing included Chair of Lancashire Police Authority and the Chair of the Association of Police Authorities in England and Wales. She was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to policing, and also served on the National Criminal Justice Board and Street Crime Action Group. Henig was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire in 2002 and made a life peer in 2004 as Baroness Henig of Lancaster. As a sitting member of the House of Lords, she has a place on the European Scrutiny Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a member of the Independent Policing Commission.
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.