NSI appoints Matthew Holliday as Inspectorate’s new technical manager

Matthew Holliday

Matthew Holliday

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has appointed Matthew Holliday technical manager. Bringing more than 30 years’ experience within the electronic security industry, and having played an active and influential role in developing the current British and European Standards (as a member of a number of BSI and CENELEC Committees), Holliday has a deep understanding both of industry standards and their practical application.

Holliday’s foundation of IT application knowledge will further strengthen the NSI’s position as the electronic security and fire safety industry moves forward into a connected world.

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career,” said Holliday. “It’s a privilege to work among such a diverse and experienced team with their relentless commitment to raising standards within our sector. I look forward to applying my experience of managing a number of highly successful technical projects, often involving software development and co-operation with IT professionals at a technical level, for the benefit of the wider industry.”

Reporting directly to Robert Conlon, the NSI’s head of standards, Holliday will focus on revising and developing new and existing NSI certification schemes, Codes of Practice and audit activities while at the same time collaborating with industry committees on the practical implementation of evolving and new standards.

The NSI counts premium local providers as well as the UK’s premier security and fire safety providers among its clients. The organisation delivers a robust continuous audit regime of approved companies through a dedicated team of in-house experts to verify compliance with relevant British and European Standards, Codes of Practice and Certification schemes developed by industry bodies and associations.

End users who choose to contract NSI approved companies can be assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses wholly committed to both quality and continual improvement.

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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