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.
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.