NSI (National Security Inspectorate) has announced that Simon Banks, Group Managing Director of CSL Communications, has been appointed to the Inspectorate’s board of directors. NSI has recently undertaken a significant rebranding exercise and launched a range of new audit products within the fire and security domains. Banks’ presence on the board will assist NSI’s future development and evolution. He has had a working alliance with NSI for over 20 years, and has worked most recently with the Inspectorate on the 100 in 100 apprenticeship initiative, of which NSI is a stakeholder. NSI’s Chief Executive, Jeff Little OBE, stated, ‘Simon’s presence will considerably enhance NSI’s understanding of the changes which are taking place across the security sector, as well as the new technologies which will determine the way ahead for the industry.’ In order to ensure independence and impartiality, as well as demonstrating competencies across all areas, NSI board members are drawn from a broad range of professional backgrounds including the systems, guarding, fire and insurance sectors, and include observers from ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and CFOA (Chief Fire Officers Association).
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.