Long-time security sector stalwart Stefan Hay has announced that he is leaving the FSA / ECA at the end of January 2014 and, in fact, the industry. Stefan began his career in operational security, then SITO, BSIA, Skills for Security, FSA and not to forget secondments to the SIA, where he worked on the development of its licence to practice training criteria, and CoESS where he worked both as Chairman of its Professional Training Committee and as a Board member. ” I have also done various ‘expert’ panel work for the Security Institute, BSi, European Commission and held guest lecturer roles at the Police National Search Centre and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure,” said Stefan.” I leave, hoping that my contribution might have made a difference and that some of the many projects I have been involved in, and causes I have fought for, have improved the security industry, but who knows?” Stefan is moving on to become the new Director of the National Tyre Distributors Association where he will be developing its new strategic plan, communication strategy and dealing with key consumer issues such as the growing problem of part worn tyres, European standards and labelling, illegal dumping and scrapped tyres that find their way back into the system as part worn – all issues that affect the public and NTDA members alike. I’m sure we all wish him well!
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.