Geoff Zeidler has joined the Security Industry Authority as a non-executive Board member with private security industry experience.
As a Board member Geoff will work closely with interim Chairman Bill Matthews and the other Board members to contribute to the overall strategic direction of the SIA and to ensure the SIA carries out its duties effectively and to the highest possible standard.
Geoff was appointed by the Home Office after an open and fair competition to find a new Board member with good knowledge and understanding of the private security industry, and with the ability to represent the interests of the industry. Geoff’s experience will be invaluable as the SIA moves towards the introduction of licensing for security businesses.
SIA Interim Chairman Bill Matthews said:
“I am delighted to welcome Geoff to the Board of the SIA. His recent experience at a senior level in private security will significantly strengthen the SIA Board as we continue our work with colleagues in the industry towards a new regulatory regime.”
Geoff Zeidler said:
“I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the long term success of the SIA. I hope my industry experience can ensure that the new regulatory regime for licensing security businesses is as effective as possible for all the Industry and our stakeholders.”
Geoff Zeidler studied Manufacturing Engineering at Cambridge University and went on to work as a Strategy Consultant at Bain & Co; and Director of Corporate Finance at Flemings. In 1997 he joined Spirent plc, the telecoms technology company, first as Director of Business Development; and then as President of the Europe and Wireless operations.
In 2006 Geoff became Commercial Director for the Forensic Science Service where he worked closely with the police and Home Office on the development of both the company and the commercialisation of the forensic services market.
In 2008 he was appointed Country President and MD of Securitas UK & Ireland. In 2010 he led the acquisition and integration of Reliance and Chubb to establish the second largest company in the manned guarding industry. Geoff left Securitas in June 2013.
In 2011 Geoff was elected Vice Chairman of the BSIA and became Chairman in 2012. He has been a member of the SIA’s Strategic Consultative Group since its inception. He is now a Partner with Wyvern Partners working as an advisor and investor with companies in the business services, technology, security and justice markets.