‘Shaping The Future Together’ serves as theme for SIA National Conference 2019

The Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) National Conference for 2019 takes place in South London at the Kia Oval cricket ground on Tuesday 12 November. This year’s theme is about shaping the future together and growing a sustainable private security industry that’s fit for the next decade.

Conference will include a general update on regulation courtesy of Elizabeth France, chair of the Regulator, and also affords delegates an opportunity to meet new CEO Ian Todd who joined the organisation back in February.

Delegates will hear about the SIA’s ambitions to work in tandem with the industry and other experts in order to help create the structures needed to support the professional development of individuals within the private security industry going forward.

The keynote speaker this year is Craig Robb, chief commercial officer at Securitas UK. He’ll be delivering a personal view on how security is transforming from traditional security guarding and product offerings. Robb will also talk about how investment in new technologies is likely to change the traditional security officer role in the future.

There will be three workshops at conference offering a great chance for delegates to put their views to the Regulator on the themes of exploring the SIA’s priorities, key themes for effective regulation and the future development of the private security industry. In terms of key themes for effective regulation, such regulation should be about more than prosecuting offenders (although this is, of course, an important function of the Regulator). How can industry and partners work to create an environment that’s conducive to good quality security? How can it be made certain that good companies win contracts and bad ones don’t?

Open forum

An open forum on the day allows delegates to put questions directly to representatives of the SIA. Delegates can network with experts in the private security industry as well as representatives from Government.

Themes this year include the challenges of running a private security business encompassing the creation of a level playing field, current trading conditions and an examination of insurance costs. Also, there’ll be a focus on risks at work looking at violence towards private security operatives and an overview of the night-time economy in general.

Also touched upon will be the key areas of recruitment and training. Here, there will be consideration of the number and quality of staff available, Continuing Professional Development, apprenticeships, the impact of technology on the security business sector and gig economy recruitment.

The Approved Contractor Scheme and the current regulatory regime will naturally be very much to the fore, so too discussion about what Brexit means for security businesses and their employees.

*Register for conference online at https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/siastakeholderconf2019/

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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