James McAlister FBCI takes reins as new chairman of Business Continuity Institute

James McAlister MA DipBCM DipEd FBCI FICPEM

James McAlister MA DipBCM DipEd FBCI FICPEM

At the most recent meeting of the Business Continuity Institute’s (BCI) Board of Directors, James McAlister MA DipBCM DipEd FBCI FICPEM formally became the new chairman of the organisation, taking over at the helm from David James-Brown FBCI whose two years in office has now come to an end.

McAlister is a former police officer with over 30 years of experience in the spheres of business continuity, civil protection, emergency planning, security, firearms, public order and training. He has advised on and contributed towards many operations and exercises throughout the UK and, indeed, internationally, including political party conferences, major sporting events, VIP visits, counter-terrorism operations, public order events and environmental/man-made emergencies.

McAlister has won a number of prestigious awards, among them the Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year Award at the BCI’s European Awards 2014.

On taking up the post, McAlister commented: “David James-Brown has left the Institute in a much better position than it has ever been before. We are financially stable, have a wider global presence, offer more member services and provide more research papers. Possibly, David’s greatest legacy is yet to be realised in the form of the Institute’s new customer relationship management system which doesn’t go live until next year. On behalf of all the membership, I would like to thank David for his dedication, loyalty, hard work and leadership over the last two years, and wish him well as he returns to his successful consultancy business.”

As announced previously on Risk UK’s website, Tim Janes Hon FBCI has become the new vice-chairman of the BCI after being voted in by his fellow members of the Global Membership Council.

Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI is the BCI’s new membership director, having also been voted in by those on the Global Membership Council.

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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