BSIA appoints David Wilkinson as Director of Technical Services

David Wilkinson: the new Director of Technical Services at the BSIA

David Wilkinson: the new Director of Technical Services at the BSIA

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the appointment of David Wilkinson to the position of Director of Technical Services. Promoted from the role of Technical Manager after eight years with the Association, Wilkinson will assume his new duties on 13 February 2015.

The announcement follows the recent resignation of Alex Carmichael, who leaves the BSIA in February to join the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board as its new CEO.

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, stated: “I’m very pleased to announce that David Wilkinson has been offered the position of Director of Technical Services and will succeed Alex Carmichael in the post from 13 February. I wish Alex well in this next step in his career, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for the significant contributions that he has made to the BSIA’s success over the past 16 years.”

Kelly continued: “I’m always keen to promote from within wherever possible, and we’re very fortunate to have some excellent people in key areas of the Association. The BSIA’s Technical Department will remain at its current strength in order to meet an extensive and complex workload on behalf of our members.”

Delivery of technical requirements

David Wilkinson’s experience in the security sector spans more than 25 years and includes in-house security management positions as well as various roles with market-leading security organisations, among them Kings Security Systems, Reliance and the former Group 4 Securitas.

Wilkinson’s tenure at the BSIA began in 2006. He has responsibility for delivering the technical requirements of the electronic sections within the Association, including the Security Equipment Manufacturers Section, the Security Systems Section and the CCTV Section.

Further, Wilkinson has also played an instrumental role in co-ordinating BSIA Working Groups to develop Codes of Practice and Guidelines, representing the BSIA on European and British Standards Committees and ensuring a good technical liaison with member companies as well as other industry organisations.

Commenting on his promotion, Wilkinson told Risk UK: “Having been at the BSIA for eight years, holding the roles of Technical Officer then Technical Manager, it is with great delight that I’m now in a position to take on the role of Director of Technical Services. I look forward to the challenges ahead in what is now such a rapidly changing industry environment.”

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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