Catherine Bowen has been appointed as Policy and Stakeholder Director for the retail strand of the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS). She will be responsible for raising the profile of the NBCS with key retail stakeholders across the law enforcement community, as well as highlighting the benefits of membership to the wider business community. The NBCS helps businesses tackle crime through centralised and collective data sharing. Employing police analysts, using the wealth of intelligence including CCTV and ANPR held by businesses, and linking with law enforcement agencies such as GAIN (Government Agency Intelligence Network), a direct feed of business intelligence is fed to the police via the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau. With a background in law enforcement and having spent the last six years working at the British Retail Consortium, Bowen has worked with a range of retail outlets from small independent stores to large multiples. Drawing on business crime issues raised by these retailers, she has petitioned the Government and the senior law enforcement community to establish a strategy for tackling business crime. Bowen stated, ‘The National Business Crime Solution is the most effective option for businesses wanting to take measures against retail crime. I have built my career around advising on business crime and I look forward to helping expand the reach of the NBCS with the ultimate objective of driving down business crime.’
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.