Skills for Security is the sector skills body for the private security industry and is a not-for-profit organisation.
We are governed by a non-executive Board whose role is to guide, advise and monitor the work of the executive directors.
Our Board members are:
Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington (Chair)
Lord Stevens served for 42 years in the Police Service which culminated in his appointment as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from February 2000 until February 2005. He was knighted in 2000, appointed Deputy Lieutenant of London in 2001 and made a Knight of St John in 2002. On 24th May 2005 he entered the House of Lords as Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington. Lord Stevens has been our chairman since Skills for Security came into existence on 1st January 2006.
As the GMB National Officer for members working in the security sector, Jude represents the industry's workforce on the Skills for Security Board. Prior to her current responsibilities Jude's career with the GMB has encompassed national and international responsibilities, particularly in the public services arena, where her roles have involved her in school workforce remodelling and local government reform. Prior to joining the union Jude was a Community Mental Health Practitioner.
Peter French MBE
Peter French is the Chief Executive of SSR Personnel, the leading global consultancy in the recruitment of professionals engaged in the Security, Fire, IT and Health & Safety sectors. He is a Fellow of the Security Institute; Past-Master, Founder Member and Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and a Senior Regional Vice President of ASIS Europe.
Tim Geddes is a Director of Yeoman Monitoring Services Ltd and Active Security Group Ltd. He has represented security industry views throughout the many sectors of the security industry for the last thirty years. Tim is a board member of the National Security Inspectorate and has been Chairman of the NSI Systems Section since its formation.
Bruce George served as Member of Parliament for Walsall South from February 1974 until his retirement in May 2010. He served as a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee from 1979 to 2005 and as its chair from 1997 to 2005. He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 2001. In 2002 he was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and was re-elected to this role in 2003. During his tenure in Parliament, Bruce founded and chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Private Security and for many years led the campaign in the House of Commons to regulate the private security industry. He is Vice-President of the Security Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.
Stuart Lowden (Vice-Chair)
The current Vice-Chairman of the British Security Industry Association and Managing Director of Wilson James, one of the leading providers of security guarding services, Stuart has 25 years experience of the sector. He is a well known and outspoken champion of front line staff, constantly promoting the need for Guarding companies to improve the pay and working conditions of their employees as part of a general drive to professionalise the industry.
Following a career in the Welsh Guards and Special Forces Dai formed Resolution Security. He sold this company to the OCS Group in 2004, accepting chairmanship of the new Board until recruited onto the Board of Wilson James. Dai's commitment to the security industry is demonstrated in his memberships of various industry bodies, which include the Boards of the Security Institute and National Security Inspectorate, the Company of Security Professionals, ASIS and British Standards Institute, to name a few.
Adam's career in technology encompasses the earliest days of personal computers and the introduction of cellular telephones. He brought this expertise into the security industry when he joined AD Group, a company which pioneered mobile CCTV systems for use on passenger transport and now provides security technology worldwide, in addition to operating remote video monitoring centres. A past Chairman of the British Security Industry Association, Adam Wiseberg is a long standing champion of and contributor to British Standards for CCTV.
Our Acting Chief Executive:
Following a career with BT that incorporated investigation of fraud, theft and corruption, and led to roles in strategic security planning and management as BT's Security General Manager, Mike became Director of European Security Programmes with Johnson Controls before joining the Bank of England, where he served as Head of Security until retirement.