Mitie has appointed Richard Bailey as commercial director for its total security management business. Richard joins Mitie from Advance Security UK where he spent 14 years, latterly as managing director for its corporate and technologies division. His knowledge and experience in the industry were instrumental in growing Advance Security from a regionally based business to a national provider. Richard succeeds James Gilding in his role as commercial director, and takes over the national remit for sales across the total security management business. Richard Bailey said:” I am delighted to have joined Mitie at what is an exciting point in its continued development. I take great pride in being asked to lead a commercial team that has achieved so much over recent years and I’m looking to bring a fresh perspective and energetic approach to the commercial function in all areas and believe that this can spark further innovation. Bob Forsyth, managing director for Mitie’s total security management business, added:” I am delighted Richard has joined our business; his experience combined with his business acumen makes him a real asset. Richard will drive our sustainable growth through transformational wins, relationship management and sector specialisms.”
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.