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SIA appoints Acting Chair

by Brian Sims

Home Office Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach has announced the appointment of Bill Matthews as Acting Chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Matthews succeeds Baroness Ruth Henig whose term of appointment ended on 14 January 2013. The role as Acting Chair is for one year, and Matthews will have responsibility for guiiding the SIA through its transition from a Government body to the proposed status of a business-based licensing regime. The SIA is currently in a state of flux, as it has been earmarked for ‘reform’ following the Public Bodies Review. The move, flagged as an effort to ‘increase the transparency and accountability’ of the Authority, but driven by cost-savings, has just ended a brief period of public consultation. The Government has stated that its preferred option is to move to a scheme of regulation operated by the industry itself; a situation that was prevalent before the establishment of the SIA. Matthews has recently spent time on the Board of the Scottish Police Services Authority, chairing both HR and Audit Committees. He is Volunteer Chair of Crimestoppers in Scotland, and recently became a member of the British Transport Police Authority. Of the appoitnment, Lord Taylor stated, ‘I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Matthews as Acting Chair of the SIA. I am sure that he will bring his energy and experience to this vital and challenging role as the SIA moves towards a new regime based on regulation of businesses.’ Recruitment for a permanent Chair is planned in the future.

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