Chair of the Security Industry Authority

Body: Security Industry Authority
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Regulation
Location: Home working, but regular meetings take place at Canary Wharf in London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £54,963 per annum
Time Requirements: Two days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

senior public sector leader with extensive experience in leadership roles across criminal justice and health sectors has been appointed as Chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Heather Baily will take up her role today (June 7), taking over from David Horncastle who has occupied the role on an interim basis since January 2021.

The Chair’s responsibilities include:

providing effective strategic leadership for the operation of the SIA
playing a significant role in ensuring that the SIA and its staff maintain the capability to deliver the SIA’s statutory responsibilities and objectives
taking into account government’s safeguarding objectives and priorities
chair all meetings of the board and ensure that meetings are conducted efficiently and effectively
undertake annual performance appraisals of the Non-Executive Board members and the Chief Executive in line with agreed procedures and timescales
Heather said:

I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of the Security Industry Authority.

This is an important time for the organisation, as the SIA continues with its plans, having in the past year to respond quickly to the impact of the pandemic. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff there and with our partners as we shape the organisation to ensure that the SIA is as effective, productive and consistently reliable and operates to the principles of the Regulators’ code.

Heather has worked as Deputy Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary and was Deputy Chief Inspector for Garda Inspectorate, Dublin. She was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing in 2011.

In addition to her policing experience, Heather has served as a Non-Executive Board Member for the Department of Justice, Northern Ireland and currently serves as a Non-Executive Board Member for Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust where she is also Deputy Chair.

Date: 07/06/2021

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Vacancy Description

Do you want to lead an authority which is ensuring that private security operatives are properly trained and qualified to perform their essential duties?

If so, you can do this by becoming the Chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

The SIA is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body responsible for regulating the UK private security industry. It is an important delivery partner to protect the public, through ensuring that unsuitable people are prevented from working in the industry. It’s two main duties are:

  • the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry,
  • to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.

As Chair of the Authority you will provide effective leadership for the operation of the SIA, playing a significant role in ensuring that the SIA and its staff maintain the capability to:

  • Deliver the SIA’s statutory responsibilities and objectives.
  • Take fully into account the Government’s objectives and priorities for protecting the public.
  • Enable the SIA to respond positively and constructively to any changes in its policy or operational context.
  • Achieve its performance indicators, as defined in the SIA business plan
  • Deliver value for money.
  • Maintain and develop effective partnerships at a strategic level with key bodies.

Person Specification

Your application should meet the following essential criteria.

Part One – Essential Criteria

  • Outstanding strategic leadership qualities that will inform and influence a compelling vision.
  • Ability to work with the Executive and Non Executives to develop a high performing Board, leading the strategic direction and working in a constantly evolving environment
  • Ability to manage a complex range of stakeholders and to work collaboratively to build consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Strong understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Chair, Board and Chief Executive in the governance arrangements of a Non-Departmental Public Body or equivalent public or private sector organisation.
  • Ability to work in a transformational system and business change environment, to reflect the significant strategic and operational transition the organisation is experiencing.
  • A professional track record that demonstrates dynamic and strategic leadership and inspires confidence in your ability to guide the SIA in its mission of protecting public.
  • A successful track record of managing relations with a complex range of stakeholders in an environment where decisions are taken under tough internal and external scrutiny.
  • A sound understanding of and strong commitment to diversity, equal opportunities, public service values and the principles of public life.

Part Two – Personal skills

  • Excellent communication, influencing and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively using persuasion and influence effectively in a high-profile environment.
  • Undisputed personal integrity and a personal style that demonstrates authority and commitment to public services values.
  • Ability to engage successfully with the media.

Additional Information

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Appointment will be made on merit following an open, fair and transparent competition.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00, 21 September 2020.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:

  1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.
  4. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.

Please include the heading (Chair of the Security Industry Authority) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.

Further Information:

If you have any queries about this role, please contact:

Caroline Shanklyn on or Nick Brown on

If you have any queries about the recruitment process for this role, please contact Christine Ugborogho via email on

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