SIA welcomes Alec Wood and Kate Bright as non-executive directors

Alec Wood

Alec Wood

A businesswoman with a background in close protection and a former senior police officer have become the two latest appointees by Home Office ministers to the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Alec Wood and Kate Bright began their three-year term as members of the Authority on Monday 3 February. Their appointments followed on from the public appointments process. Authority members are non-executive directors who have responsibility, among other things, for setting the SIA’s strategic direction.

Along with the Regulator’s executive directors they make up the SIA’s Board.

Elizabeth France, chair of the SIA, said: “I’m delighted that the Home Secretary has appointed Alec and Kate. They will bring new perspectives and valuable experience to the Authority. I’m looking forward to working with them as we take the SIA forward.”

Kate Bright

Kate Bright

Alec Wood was previously chief constable of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, retiring in 2018 after 32 years in policing. He was the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead for operations between 2015 and 2018, a role in which he oversaw and set policy and standards for national specialist policing functions including police use of firearms, public order policing, Stop and Search, roads policing, aviation and civil contingencies.

Kate Bright, who has worked in and with the private security industry for 20 years, was a close protection-trained chief of staff to international families in London prior to setting up and running the award-winning security-focused recruitment and concierge firm UMBRA International Group.

Bright is a member of both The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and The Security Institute, as well as a companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Her previous non-executive roles included a position with Amatte, a company with a mission to empower female farmers in Africa.

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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