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New Chair for the Security Institute

by Brian Sims

The Security Institute has announced that Emma Shaw is its new chair. Her brief is to take the organisation to the next stage of its development by ensuring that it continues to meet the needs of its growing membership. Shaw is the founder and managing director of Esoteric, an electronic sweeping, counter espionage and intelligence gathering company. An MBA graduate and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP), her early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a period working in the UK Security Service. Having previously been vice-chairman of the Security Institute with responsibility for its strategic direction and finances, Shaw takes over from Mike Bluestone, who has held the position since 2009. Shaw has served on the main board of the Security Institute since 2007. Having also been both registrar and chairman of the Validation Board for several years, she has been instrumental in the on-going refinement of the membership process, ensuring it remains both current and relevant. In addition to her work at the Security Institute, Shaw is the southern region chairman of the Defence Industry Security Association, and a council member for City and Security Resilience Networks. Commenting on her new role, Shaw stated, ‘I feel both delighted and privileged to have been elected to lead the Security Institute. Although we are a UK-based organisation, our future direction, approach and thinking should also reflect our ability to support our members globally.’

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