The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has appointed Michelle Russell as the regulator’s chief executive.
Russell has been acting chief executive of the organisation since October 2020. She joined as director of partnership and Interventions in January 2020, leading the criminal enforcement and regulatory inspection functions. She has spent 25 years working in regulatory environments in both the public and private sectors.
Heather Baily, chair of the SIA, said: “We conducted a rigorous recruitment campaign to identify the best possible candidate for the chief executive role during the summer of this year, supported by an independent executive recruitment company. The final interview panel were unanimous in their view that Michelle was the best person for this important role. This appointment has ministerial support from both the Home Office and from ministers in the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland and Scotland.
“Michelle brings a wealth of experience in the public sector together with positive, inclusive leadership skills and strong personal values to the… role. She will now continue to build on the excellent work that the SIA is delivering nationally, with a continued focus on public safety.
The SIA regulates the UK’s private security industry, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Its duties include the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities, and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme to “raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities”. It does this by putting in place a system of inspection for providers of security services.
You can read about the recently launched Women In Security campaign to address the industry’s lack of female representation in the November/December edition of Facilitate.
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