Lord Alex Carlile has been announced as the new Patron of the Security Institute when his tenure as President comes to an end at April’s AGM of the organisation. Announcing the change of role, Institute Chairman Garry Evanson explained: “Lord Carlile told me some time ago that he felt it was time for someone else to step into the breach as our President after eight years in the role. I have to say that I can understand that wish after the hard work he has put into this organisation throughout his tenure neither party wished to break entirely the strong bond Lord Alex feels for the Security Institute and the role of Patron will allow him to remain an important figure in our ongoing development whilst stepping back from the front line of involvement. I want to thank Lord Alex for his hard work in furthering the aims of this professional body at a time when we expanded our activities significantly. The Board and membership are extremely grateful for his contribution to the Institute’s success.”
Succeeding Lord Alex Carlile at the head of the organisation after the 2016 AGM in April is former Security Industry Authority Chair, Baroness Ruth Henig. Whilst at the SIA Baroness Henig was instrumental in overseeing a regulatory overhaul and the introduction of a new and modern, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime. Previous high profile roles Baroness Henig has held in the security sector include Chair of the Association of Police Authorities from 1997 to 2005, after which she became the Association’s president. She was also a member of the National Criminal Justice Board from 2003 to 2005. Baroness Henig was awarded a CBE for services to policing in 2000.
Garry Evanson said: “We are delighted that we have been able to invite an industry heavyweight to be our President moving ahead into what I’m certain will be future steady growth across all areas of Institute activity. Baroness Henig, through her work with the SIA, has been instrumental in shaping the security sector and her vast experience and wise counsel comes at a welcome time for the Institute as it focuses on new horizons.”