BSIA’s David Wilkinson appointed chairman of British Standards Institution’s GW/1 Committee

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), has been appointed chairman of the British Standards Institution’s GW/1 Committee which oversees standards development for the UK’s electronic security sector.

As the UK’s parent committee for all standards work conducted in the field of electronic security, GW/1 acts as the UK’s ‘gatekeeper’ representing the British Standards Institution (BSI) at European and international levels. It’s directly responsible for the UK’s input towards CLC/TC79, the CENELEC Technical Committee responsible for harmonising standards referencing detection, alarm and monitoring systems.

No less than 15 standards are currently in development with 87 already published. GW/1 also oversees seven Sub-Committees covering a number of sectors including access control, alarm systems and components, CCTV, Remote Monitoring Centres and transmission equipment.

With 25 years’ experience in the electronic security sector, Wilkinson has been involved in standards development for a number of years, having been an active participant in a number of standards committees across Britain and Europe before stepping up to lead GW/1.

For its part, GW/1 includes a number of other participating industry organisations including the National Security Inspectorate, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, the British Retail Consortium and the newly-formed National Police Chiefs’ Council.

UK’s contribution to security standards development

Commenting on his appointment, Wilkinson told Risk UK: “I’m delighted to have been appointed chairman of GW/1, and look forward to leading the UK’s contributions to standards development on the international stage. Without doubt, GW/1 is one of the most influential electronic security standards committees in the UK. This appointment reinforces the BSIA’s continued success in representing its members at the highest levels to ensure they remain fully informed and prepared for the latest developments.”

Wilkinson concluded: “I look forward to working with my fellow committee members on continuing to drive Best Practice in our industry, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that buyers and end users can easily recognise quality solutions to make informed purchasing decisions.”

In the UK, the BSIA continues to represent its members on more than 30 BSI committees, either as a member or chairing party, and is a key sector influence in terms of intruder detection, access control, CCTV, lone worker, security guarding, consultancy, vacant property protection, risk, resilience and management-related committees.

*David Wilkinson’s first committee meeting as chairman of GW/1 is scheduled to take place on Friday 11 September

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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