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.”