The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has released a Q&A with Mike Reddington to mark his first month as Chief Executive of the Association. Here is an overview
What are the challenges within the security sector that the Association can address?
Ensuring a high level of quality and professionalism is maintained in the private security industry through appropriate standards and best practice. With changing attitudes and fast approaching tech disruptors, it has never been a better time for the entire sector to work together to ensure the professional companies stay one step ahead.
Training is a key component of the BSIA offer. How will its ‘Skills for Security’ reach out to the engineers of tomorrow and plug a much needed skills gap?
The BSIA has a training section with a number of leading industry training members and also has its own, wholly owned subsidiary, Skills for Security (SfS) which specifically focuses on apprenticeships. SfS and the Training Section members are continuing to develop specific industry related training programs in order to make these more accessible to companies and individual candidates whom want to operate in the private security industry. These initiatives will ensure the industry has the appropriate trained and skilled employees to meet the requirements of the industry in the future and support our growing market.
What changes do you feel are necessary in the security industry at the present time?
Given the increased pressure on our Police force resources and the increase in recorded crimes rates, it’s critically important that the general public recognises the role that the private security sector can provide to support and protect them. Through developing increased partnerships between the Police and the private security industry, members will help reduce crime rates and make people feel safer and more secure in their homes and businesses.
How do you feel the traditional notion of security is changing and why?
Technology is developing at a rapid pace and with that the solutions available to protect people, property and their possessions has significantly improved. It is therefore important that both the private and public sectors are aware of these developments. All stakeholders should embrace them and work with recognised quality companies to deliver the latest solution to meet their security needs. BSIA members are ideally positioned and capable of doing this.
Do you have any plans you would like to share for the BSIA members/industry and the journey ahead?
I would actively encourage all existing members to engage with the BSIA and their fellow members to continue to develop standards and best practice. These initiatives deliver quality and professionalism to the private security industry and meet the 21st century market requirements. I would also encourage companies that are operating in the private security industry – that are not currently members of the BSIA – to join the Association so you may have an input into the positive development of the industry you are operating in.
What will be your primary focus in the role of Chief Executive of the BSIA?
To increase active engagement of existing members and recruit new members which will ensure enhanced development of the private security industry in terms of standards, quality and best practice.
We are told we never stop learning. How has what you have learnt in your past experience prepared you for success in this role?
I have been fortunate to work with many quality organisations and some very talented colleagues and learned many things from them. I feel this has enabled me to develop a deep knowledge base and a large tool kit of skills that I can draw upon no matter what business situation I am faced with.