BSIA to serve as member of Challenge Group tasked with reviewing the Security Industry Authority

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has accepted an invitation from the Home Office to become a member of the Challenge Group that will help in steering the direction of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) review process which began on Monday 11 January 2016.

The SIA review was launched via a Written Ministerial Statement and is being led by Tony Regan, a senior Home Office official with non-departmental public body experience.

The review is a Cabinet Office requirement for all ‘arms-length bodies’ and, in this instance, will consider the functions of the SIA as a Regulator for the private security industry and how they’re delivered.

As a member of the Challenge Group, the BSIA will be afforded the opportunity to test and comment on the findings of the review prior to its publication (scheduled for the Spring).

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, told Risk UK: “It makes a good deal of sense for the private security industry’s Trade Association to be involved at an early stage of the SIA review. Our industry needs an effective and modern Regulator, and we want to help shape it.”

The BSIA will now consult all of its members on the future of the SIA and subsequently provide the Challenge Group with a united voice on its position.

*The first Challenge Group meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday 29 January

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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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