James Kelly to step down from CEO’s role at the British Security Industry Association

James Kelly: stepping down from the role of CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: stepping down from the role of CEO at the BSIA

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced that James Kelly is stepping down from his role as CEO. In the interim, David Wilkinson – director of technical services at the Trade Association – will oversee the responsibilities underpinning this key role as the search for a new leader begins in earnest.

After graduating with a degree in law, Kelly moved into the commercial world and held roles in business efficiency improvement and project planning for the Royal Mail. Consultancy roles then followed, with further appointments encompassing the promotion of standards in engineering and computing.

Kelly subsequently joined the Law Society as marketing services manager. Here, he was responsible for promoting legal services within the confines of a highly regulated profession and advised law firms on development strategy.

He was later appointed director of marketing and business development at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, where he led the strategy aimed at raising the profession’s national profile and standards. Kelly developed business partnerships with some of the UK’s leading corporations, among them Rolls-Royce and Centrica, in order to maintain the Institution’s relevance to professional development as well as technical skills standards.

Simon Banks

Simon Banks

In 2000, Kelly was appointed chief operating officer of the Direct Marketing Association, where he was responsible for revenue generation, cost control and member service delivery. Promoted to the role of managing director within two years, Kelly led the representation of a multi-channel industry to the media, Government and regulators. In the first few years of his tenure, he led the organisation from one that was deficit-facing to become one making annual cash surpluses on a consistent footing.

The holder of an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Kelly was appointed CEO at the BSIA in late 2009 and formally joined the organisation in January 2010. Subsequently, he led the Trade Association through the advent of private sector regulation and licensing, while also helping to bring Skills for Security back under the Trade Association’s wing and opening a much-needed London base for the organisation.

Commenting on the announcement of Kelly’s departure, Simon Banks (chairman of the BSIA) stated: “On behalf of the BSIA, I would like to thank James for his nine years of service to the Association and his many successes in leading and championing the security industry. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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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