David Snook: An Obituary

David Snook

David Snook

It is with great sadness that the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) reports the death of David Snook, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday 13 October at the age of 69. Snook was a huge supporter of the Trade Association and, indeed, was awarded the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Security Awards ceremony held in central London back in July.

On leaving his national service with the Royal Air Force, Snook began his career in the business world at Scantronic, duly inventing some of the most prolific microprocessor control panels witnessed during the 1980s and 1990s. The 9100, 9200 and even the 9600 and 9800 solutions truly exhibited Snook’s magic touch.

Snook’s innovative contribution, characterised as it undoubtedly was by before-their-time designs, saw Scantronic hold nearly 75% of market share.

Later in his career, Snook worked at Dycon and invented greenly-efficient switched-mode power supplies. He even found the time to design some of the CSL Group’s most successful communication products.

Indeed, Snook enjoyed a long history with CSL and made a significant contribution in terms of hardware design to some of the company’s most successful products.

Snook is survived by his wife Mary and their two children. The BSIA’s chairman Simon Banks commented: “Our thoughts will be with them during this sad time.”

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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