2010 in review – BSIA – A year of successes and challenges

James Kelly

In our second 2010 in review feature, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) reflects exclusively for on the significant changes that have influenced the industry as well as the BSIA in 2010;

“2010 has brought with it challenges and successes. Following the formation of the new Coalition Government, the BSIA kick-started a revised political engagement programme at the earliest opportunity, liaising with key figures from the Coalition and attending the Conservative Party Conference for the first time in October. At the conference, we successfully secured meetings with senior policy-makers and influencers, including Mary McLeod MP, whose role as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Policing Minister, Nick Herbert, makes her an essential point of contact for our industry. Meaningful discussions were also held with Lord Sheikh, whose interest in the security industry is well-documented, and Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London with responsibility for Policing.”

“Following the government’s announcement that the Security Industry Authority (SIA) will no longer continue as a non-departmental public body, the BSIA has been influential in the formation of the Security Alliance, set up to provide a forum for all key security industry bodies to prepare for the introduction of a phased transition to a new regulatory regime.”
David Evans

“In addition, as testament to the important role the Association has played in preparing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, BSIA Project Director David Evans was awarded the prestigious Imbert Prize for his foresight in launching the Bridging the Gap project, an initiative which aims to attract young people to a career in security in time for 2012.”

“The Association has also continued to support its members by providing them with legal advice, guidance on standards and networking opportunities. Economic pressures mean that many companies are now looking abroad to expand their business, and the hugely popular Meet the Buyers event, coordinated by the BSIA and held at IFSEC each year, enjoyed a record 722 meetings between UK suppliers and overseas buyers in 2010. Closer to home, the BSIA also introduced a series of monthly Industry Leader Briefing meetings, aimed at bringing closer together senior management from across the BSIA’s membership with key government and industry figures. Speakers so far have included the SIA’s Chief Executive Bill Butler, as well as Liz Siberry of the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI). “

“I am looking forward to the developments and challenges that 2011 will bring, as the BSIA builds on the many achievements of 2010 whilst providing constant support to our members through these challenging economic times,” concluded James Kelly.”

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