Just months before Big Brother Watch celebrates its fifth anniversary, the civil liberties organisation has unveiled a new leadership team following the departure of director Nick Pickles, who left the campaign in May this year to join Twitter as the social media site’s public policy manager for the UK. Emma Carr (pictured) takes up the role of director with immediate effect while Renate Samson becomes the organisation’s CEO (a newly-created role). Carr joined Big Brother Watch in February 2012 as deputy director and became acting director in May this year upon Pickles’ departure. Over the course of the last two and a half years, Carr has worked hard to challenge policies that threaten civil liberties, privacy and freedom. Carr has made an active contribution to the organisation’s research, frequently appearing on national and international television and radio programmes, and actively spreading the ethos of the organisation at conferences around the world. As the director of Big Brother Watch, Carr will be overseeing research, media and campaigns. In the new role of CEO, Renate Samson will oversee Big Brother Watch operations, parliamentary outreach and new projects. The first of these will be a new educational outreach programme designed specifically for those in higher education. Further details about this project will be announced in due course. Samson has spent the past four years as Chief of Staff to David Davis MP, working on every major civil liberties debate during this Parliament. Samson joins Big Brother Watch with a wealth of contacts and knowledge which will be vital as the campaign expands over the coming years. Samson will begin her new role later this year after the party conference season has concluded. In addition, Big Brother Watch researcher Daniel Nesbitt will also be taking on the role of research director. Nesbitt has been with the campaign for 18 months, during which time he has produced high calibre research and appeared as a spokesperson for the organisation in the media.
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.