Body: Security Industry Authority
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: National
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £9,160 per annum
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment is up to 32 days per annum


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

A businesswoman with a background in close protection, and a former senior police officer, have become the two latest appointees by Home Office Ministers to the Security Industry Authority.
Kate Bright and Alec Wood begin their 3-year term as Members of the Authority on Monday 03 February. Their appointments followed the public appointments process. Authority Members are non-executive directors who have responsibility, among other things, for setting the SIA’s strategic direction. With the executive directors they make up the SIA’s Board.
Elizabeth France, Chair of the Security Industry Authority, said:
“I am delighted that the Home Secretary has appointed Alec and Kate. They will bring new perspectives and valuable experience to the Authority. I am looking forward to working with them as we take the SIA forward.”
Kate Bright, who has worked in and with private security for 20 years, was a close protection-trained chief of staff to international families in London prior to setting up the award-winning security focused recruitment and concierge firm UMBRA International Group. Kate is a member of both The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and the Security Institute, as well as a Companion of the Institute of Leadership & Management. Her previous non-executive roles include a position with Amatte, a company with a mission to empower female farmers in Africa.
Alec Wood was previously the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, retiring in 2018 after 32 years in policing. Alec was the National Chief Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Operations between 2015 and 2018, a role in which he oversaw and set policy and standards for national specialist policing functions including Police use of Firearms, Public Order Policing, Stop and Search, Roads Policing, Aviation and Civil Contingencies.​​
Further information:
The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).​​​​​​​​​​​

Date: 03/02/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected w/c 2 September 2019

  • Final Interview Date

    Expected w/c 30 September 2019

  • Announcement

    Following pre-appointment checks


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Home Office is seeking to appoint two Members (Non-Executive Directors) to the Security Industry Authority (SIA). As a Member your key responsibilities will be to:

• work with the Chair and other Authority Members in setting the strategic direction of the SIA, and ensuring the Authority discharges its statutory duties in line with the requirements of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, overseeing the timely production of realistic and costed business and forward plans;

• ensure that the Senior Executive Team is held to account and systems are in place to enable them to discharge their responsibility effectively, monitoring and challenging performance, finance and the management of risk;

• in reaching Authority decisions, to take proper account of guidance provided by the responsible Minister or Home Office, and devolved administration;

• chair and participate in Authority sub Committees;

• oversee the work of the Chief Executive in managing the organisation and its delivery programme;

• play a key role in representing the Board and the SIA in communications with key stakeholders; and

• adhere to the code of practice for Members of executive NDPBs.

Person Specification

Part One – Essential Skills and Experience

• Successful track record of achievement in a Board-level or equivalent experience.

• Thorough understanding of issues arising from delivering services and business improvements within a high profile and sensitive environment, working with external partners (ideally enforcement); and/or

• Evidence of a good understanding of the wider issues relating to the regulation of the private security industry or a sector with similar characteristics to the private security industry.


• An understanding of the private security industry or law enforcement; and/or

• An accountancy qualification.

Part Two – Personal abilities and behaviours

• An innovator and motivator, able to promote new thinking to achieve change and continuous improvement.

• Able to build strong working relationships and communicate effectively, using a range of medium, to Ministers, officials, staff, a diverse range of stakeholders, the public, Parliament and the Devolved Administrations.

• Strong negotiating and influencing skills and the ability to convince through personal credibility.

• Undisputed personal integrity and a personal style that demonstrates authority and commitment.

• As holders of a public office, Board members are expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, at Annex A.

Additional Information

The successful candidates will be required to have or to obtain security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for these positions, please supply the following by 23:00 hours, Tuesday 27 August 2019.

• A comprehensive CV setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.

• A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4) 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.

• In addition, please also complete and return via email the forms at Annex B (attached separately), relating to referees, diversity, nationality, political activity and conflicts of interest.

Completed applications should be emailed to

190711 - SIA Board members (NEDs) x2 - Candidate Pack - Final
Annex B - Supporting Documentation 2019
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