Managing director David Thorp set to leave The Security Institute in September

The organisation’s managing director David Thorp has announced that he will be leaving The Security Institute at the end of September to take up a similar role with another professional body, namely the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).

“I have greatly enjoyed my time as managing director of the Institute,” said Thorp in a personal letter sent to Fellows and members, “and am leaving purely because of the opportunity that has presented itself to me elsewhere.”

Thorp stated that he has “looked back over the last two-and-a-half years with considerable professional pride”. During that time, and through the efforts of the Board of Directors, the staff at headquarters and many individual members, The Security Institute has achieved the following:

*returned the organisation to profit with a considerable upward swing in 2015 revenues versus those of 2014

*demonstrated a record growth rate in the number of new members and for overall membership numbers

*taken the number of students of its qualifications to record levels in terms of both numbers and revenues

*developed and launched the Manifesto for Professional Security (the first of its kind in this business sector)

*promulgated the creation of a Security Commonwealth and seen this through to its successful launch with the help of other sector organisations

*grown the organisation’s social media footprint to a level where it can claim to be truly influential in a far wider orbit than that just encompassing its membership alone

*launched an Advanced Diploma in Security Management at Level 7 (ie Master’s degree level) with the aid of education partner Perpetuity Training

*established relationships with a number of the leading universities presently offering degrees and higher degrees in the security field

*reached a number of Constituent Membership agreements with other membership organisations in the sector

*launched new grades of membership to encompass new communities within the security profession

*introduced a Corporate Partner Scheme that offers considerable growth opportunities for the future

Thorp commented: “There’s much taking place behind the scenes to be implemented and introduced over the coming months. The Security Institute continues to punch well above its weight, and this is entirely down to the quality of its membership, duly reflected in the commitment of its Board of Directors.”

He added: “The support I’ve received in my role from chairman Garry Evanson CSyP has been fantastic. Indeed, that was also the case with previous chair Emma Shaw CSyP. I have also been fortunate in having a first-class team working with me at Head Office. From what I’ve seen, our membership really does appreciate their efforts and the hard work they put in above and beyond the call of duty.”

Thorp went on to outline: “Under Garry’s leadership, the Board of Directors has developed a robust strategy to see the Institute through the next phase of its existence and growth, and I’m fully confident this organisation will continue to go from strength to strength.”

New role at the BCI

David Thorp

David Thorp

Thorp assumes the role of executive director at the BCI on 3 October, taking over from Lorraine Darke who steps down at the end of the year in order to enjoy an early retirement after 12 years with the organisation.

Prior to his role at The Security Institute, Thorp was director of research and professional development at the Charted Institute of Marketing, and is a current member of the British Institute of Learning and Development. Overall, Thorp brings with him over 20 years’ senior management experience at professional associations.

Thorp’s mandate will enable the BCI to improve on its own offerings which will help develop the skills and standing of the organisation’s membership.

James McAlister FBCI, vice chairman of the BCI, commented: “David has shown that he’s prepared to take on difficult challenges and is never willing to accept the status quo if it’s not in the best interests of the organiation. In David we’ve recruited someone who honestly believes in membership service excellence and will strive to achieve it.”

On accepting the post, Thorp noted: “For me, business resilience starts with people. It’s the human inputs that determine whether or not an organisation has the ability to deliver seamless continuity in the face of adverse events. In today’s complex and increasingly interconnected environment, those responsible for delivering business continuity need support. That’s why I feel privileged in joining a professional body that, globally, is at the forefront of thought leadership, education and professional development in the realms of resilience and continuity. We live in challenging times, and the need for an authoritative and inclusive organisation like the BCI is perhaps greater now than ever before. I look forward to playing an active role in the organisation’s continuing development and success.”

As stated, Lorraine Darke has been with the BCI for over 12 years, and the growth and influence of the Institute during that time has been immense. Hers will be a tough act to follow. In David Thorp, though, the Institute has recruited someone who has the drive and determination – not to mention the ability – to take on this challenge and move the organisation forward towards a new era.

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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