BSIA appoints David Scott in managing director’s role at Skills for Security

David Scott

David Scott

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has appointed David Scott as the new managing director of Skills for Security. Skills for Security works with employers to improve security skills and standards of professionalism by providing access to apprenticeship security training courses and security qualifications for those individuals employed in security roles across the UK.

Scott has a wealth of experience gained in the education sector having recently held the position of curriculum and quality manager at New College Lanarkshire, where he worked for over eight years. Indeed, Scott has been instrumental in expanding New College Lanarkshire to become the largest provider of fire and security apprenticeships in the UK.

Having come through an apprenticeship himself and then qualifying to degree level in both teaching and management, Scott recently became an accredited chartered manager with the Chartered Management Institute. He’s passionate about the security industry and his goal is to raise apprenticeship participation as well as employer engagement in training, while at the same time continuously driving industry improvements by raising the standard of training delivered throughout the UK.

Mike Reddington, CEO at the BSIA, said: “I’m delighted to announce David’s appointment as the new managing director of Skills for Security. His commitment to the industry is clearly evident and he regularly attends key industry events across the UK to deliver engaging and promotional talks about training.”

Reddington went on to comment: “I believe that David’s passion, knowledge, drive, skills and experience, combined with the support of the Skills for Security team, means that the number of apprentices we put through our training programmes will grow significantly and that Skills for Security as an organisation will achieve its strategic aim of becoming the UK leader in this sector.”

Scott will be based at Skills for Security’s Knutsford office.

About the Author
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.

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