Wilson James has appointed Gemma Quirke as the new Managing Director for Security Services. Gemma, previously HR director for the business, has worked in the security industry for over 15 years and throughout this time has worked closely with industry bodies including Skills for Security, the BSIA and the SIA. Gemma has been extensively involved in the development of security employment policy and has played a key role in helping to raise the standards of professionalism across the industry. Commenting on the appointment Gemma said:” I’m excited about the security industry and the direction it is going in. There is a great opportunity for the industry to continue to develop and be recognised for the professionalism and expertise for which we provide.” Gemma’s role will be specifically focussed on managing the strategic direction for security at Wilson James working closely with Ron Dickin, Customer Liaison Director and Executive Director, Stuart Lowden.
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.