Body: Security Industry Authority
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Communities, Defence, Regulation
Location: The role will be home based and members will be required to attend meetings in Scotland, central London, and regionally, as required.
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £9,160 per annum, based on up to 32 days worked. Members can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on SIA business at rates set centrally by the Home Office.
Time Requirements: Three year appointment, based on up to 32 days worked.


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

From 7 November 2018 Trevor Reaney will become a Member of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), with specific responsibilities for Northern Ireland. He will join the Board, taking over from outgoing Member Professor Sir Desmond Rea.

Trevor brings to us a breadth of skills and experience. He was formerly the Clerk and Chief Executive to the Northern Ireland Assembly between 2008 and 2016.

Trevor is currently a member of the National Assembly for Wales Remuneration Board and an independent Member of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee of the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

He began his career in the hospitality industry and has held a number of management positions in both the private and public sectors. Before joining the Assembly, Trevor served as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Policing Board from January 2004, and prior to that, he held the post of Chief Executive at Craigavon Borough Council from 1996 to 2003.

Trevor is a graduate of the Open University, obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has also undertaken studies at the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, USA, JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and with the Institute of Directors.

Elizabeth France, our Chair, welcomed Mr Reaney’s appointment:
“We are delighted that Trevor is to become a Member of the SIA. He joins a strong non-executive team and will provide the essential and strategic link to our partners in Northern Ireland, building on the excellent relationships fostered by Professor Sir Desmond Rea.
“We have benefited over the years from Professor Sir Desmond’s insight and contribution; we are grateful to him for the commitment he has given and wish him well for the future.”

Date: 18/10/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Shortlist Meeting expected to take place on 3 May. Interviews expected to take place on 12 June.


Assessment Panel

  • Cecilia French Added 28/02/2018

    Panel Chair

    Director, Public Protection and Senior Sponsor of the SIA in the Crime, Policing and Fire Group, Home Office

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  • Elizabeth France Added 28/02/2018

    Chair of the SIA Board • Representative of Organisation

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  • Anthony Harbinson Added 28/02/2018

    Director of Safer Communities, Department of Justice, Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland Representative • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Tim Mairs Added 26/04/2018

    D/C/Superintendent • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Home Office is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Board member to the Board of the SIA to represent the interests of Northern Ireland.

As a Non-Executive Board Member your key responsibilities will be to:


·    work with the Chair and other Board 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 Executive Team is held to account and systems are in place to enable them to discharge their responsibilities effectively, monitoring and challenging performance, finance and the management of risk;


·    in reaching Board decisions, to take proper account of guidance provided by the responsible Minister or Sponsor Department, and devolved administrations;


·    chair and participate in Board 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;


·    represent the SIA to interested parties in Northern Ireland;


·    represent Northern Ireland’s security interests to the Board and Senior Management Team; and


·    adhere to the code of practice for Board members of executive NDPBs.


Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.

Part One – Essential Skills and Experience

·         Successful track record of achievement in a Board-level or comparable role within a major organisation.

·         Thorough understanding of issues arising from delivering services and business improvements within a high profile and sensitive environment, working with external partners.

·         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.

In addition, as the Board member for Northern Ireland, you will bring: 

·         A good understanding and knowledge of Northern Ireland’s interests in relation to the security industry and public protection and the ability to represent Northern Ireland’s security interests to the Board and Senior Management Team.

·         An awareness of the political and stakeholder landscape in Northern Ireland, and understanding of the sensitivities encountered by a UK regulator operating in a devolved administration.

 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 media, 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.

Additional Information

Interviews are expected to take place in Northern Ireland

The successful candidate will be required to have or to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions.



How to Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please see the recruitment information pack and supporting documentation form attached.

Completed applications comprising CV, supporting statement, and supporting documentation form Annex A, should be emailed to:

180228- SIA Board Member - Candidate Pack - FINAL
2018 - Annex A - Supporting Documentation - SIA
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