James Kelly – BSIA celebrates a year of achievement

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA

In his latest blog for Infologue.com, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association and Chairman of the Security Regulation Alliance, discusses a year of significant achievements for the BSIA.

“As the British Security Industry Association’s 2013-14 committee year draws to a close, the organisation celebrated a year of significant achievements at its AGM and Annual Luncheon on 16th July. James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, outlines the major successes applauded on the day.

“Change is constant within our industry, and with so much going on – from the development of new industry standards to the impact of economic recovery on security procurement – it’s important for the BSIA, as a membership body, to take a moment to reflect on the significant accomplishments made by the Association and its members over the past 12 months.

“Our AGM and Annual Lunch is where we do just that, and this year’s event certainly didn’t disappoint. The inauguration of a new Chairman, Dedicated Micros’ Pauline Norstrom, enabled us to reflect on the achievements of outgoing Chair, Geoff Zeidler, whose strategic focus has succeeded in giving the BSIA a clearer view of what the Association offers to its members through the development of an overarching business plan as well as individual section strategies. Giving each section of membership an equal opportunity to contribute to the Association’s future direction means that all member companies – big and small – now have the chance to directly influence their industry’s trade association.

“The election of Pauline Norstrom as Chairman shepherds in a new and exciting period of growth for the Association, and I am looking forward to working with her as the increased strategic focus begins to pay dividends, contributing further to the BSIA’s continued stability and long-term financial success.

“Our Annual Luncheon also gives us the opportunity to recognise and reward those individuals, groups and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the security sector over the past year. Alongside our annual awards, including the Security Personnel, Apprentice Installer, Chairman’s and CVIT Special Awards for Outstanding Service, the event also plays host to the presentation of the independently-judged Infologue.com Building the Future Award, and we were pleased to see the BSIA members themselves recognised with this award. Our members’ contributions remain at the heart of the Association’s ongoing success and I am grateful to the judges of this award for recognising the important role that our members play.

“As well as reflecting on the successes of the past year, our AGM and Annual Lunch enables us to plan ahead and look forward to the challenges we face in the coming twelve months. As our keynote speaker and Guest of Honour, Baroness Smith of Basildon – Shadow Home Affairs Minister for private security – reminded us of in her speech, it has never been more important for our industry to have an excellent reputation, and the development of a new regulatory regime remains crucial to maintaining key stakeholders’ trust in our industry.

“With that in mind – and with less than a year to go until the next General Election – the BSIA will continue to play an important role as the voice of the private security industry, representing the views of all member companies to the decision-makers whose influence directly affects the future of our business sector. As a truly representative body, the BSIA looks forward to working with its members in the coming year to ensure their views are fully represented, and to demonstrating the true benefit of belonging to an active trade body.”

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