Geoff Tate, Chief Executive of SSAIB, the fire, security and telecare certification body for organisations, has announced that he will retire at the end of 2014.Geoff has led SSAIB since 1999, when he took over the CEO’s role from founder David Hinge, and over the past 15 years has built SSAIB into a body with a record 1,500+ registered firms. Following the merger of AISC, Integrity 2000 and SSAIB in early-2001, which created an enlarged and unified SSAIB, the certification body has expanded its remit within the sectors of manned services and electronic security systems, fire protection, environmental management and occupational health and safety management systems, as well as telecare monitoring equipment for social alarms. It also gained assent from the Security Industry Authority as an Approved Contractor Scheme assessment body. Fortunately, Geoff will continue his association beyond 2014 by becoming Chairman of SSAIB, a move that will provide continuity for the organisation. He’ll also maintain his existing role as a member of various British and European standards committees.” It’s now time for me to make way for someone who can lead SSAIB during the next phase of its development,” he remarks.” The past 15 years have been significant ones for SSAIB, as it’s moved into a mainstream role as a certification body that’s become fully accepted by insurers, the police and fire services. Importantly, however, we’ve aimed to expand our role without losing sight of the qualities that set SSAIB apart from other certification bodies. Our approach is inclusive of small and large providers alike and we always try to offer encouragement to certificated firms, as well as companies considering certification, as part of our goal to add value to the certification process.” SSAIB will be recruiting a successor to Geoff in the coming months, with the aim of allowing the incoming Chief Executive a transitional handover period before taking over at the start of 2015.
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.