Stuart Naisbett appointed Chairman of the International Professional Security Association

Stuart Naisbett: the new IPSA chairman

Stuart Naisbett: the new IPSA chairman

The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) held its 2015 Annual General Meeting at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. The occasion marked the completion of Mike White’s four years as chairman of the Association and included the election of the Association’s International Council, who duly appointed Stuart Naisbett as the new IPSA chairman.

Stuart Naisbett has been an active member of the Association since the early 1980s, originally in the London and South East Region and then serving the International Council while working as a security controller at Centuryan Security. Naisbett’s career progressed, including a spell as general manager at Elizabethan Security and then operations director at Mison Security.

Since 2002, Naisbett has worked as an independent security consultant.

IPSA is the UK’s longest-established trade body for the security industry and represents both companies and individuals through membership schemes, reaching over 30,000 members and their employees worldwide. The organisation regularly consults with its membership and represents their views on relevant industry committees and at standards bodies, etc. IPSA is governed by a Board of elected members exhibiting a wide range of experience across the security sector.

Alan Clamp (CEO of the SIA), Mike White (IPSA) and Elizabeth France (Chairman of the SIA) take part in a Question and Answer session at IPSA’s recent 2015 AGM

Alan Clamp (CEO of the SIA), Mike White (IPSA) and Elizabeth France (Chairman of the SIA) take part in a Question and Answer session at IPSA’s recent 2015 AGM

In addition to Naisbett’s appointment, Jane Farrell (development manager for the Centre of Excellence at Sodexo) has been appointed deputy chairman and Ian Pugh (head of security at Bilfinger Europa Facility Management) has taken on Naisbett’s previous role as honorary treasurer. Previous chairman Mike White and Una Riley, the previous deputy chairman, both remain on the Management Board along with Sodexo’s global security director Simon Pears.

The 2015 IPSA AGM was combined with a networking luncheon followed by industry talks from both Steve Martin of the Fire and Security Association and Elizabeth France, chairman of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). France took the opportunity to introduce the SIA’s new CEO Alan Clamp, who was attending the event as his first opportunity to meet the security industry on only his fourth day at the Regulator.

Following the talks, Alan Clamp and Elizabeth France answered questions from the audience, in turn affording IPSA members in attendance an insight into their thoughts for the future direction of the SIA.

*For further information on IPSA access: www.ipsa.org.uk

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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