Dame Julie Kenny has been elected chair of the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC).
RISC is an alliance of trade associations, suppliers and other organisations that represent the UK’s security and resilience sector.
Kenny was chair of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) between 2010 and 2012 and the Security Equipment Manufacturers section twice between 1998 and 2004. She also founded BSIA member Pyronix Limited in 1986.
She will take over from Sir Kevin Tebbit in January 2022. Kenny also holds a CBE, DBE and an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of her contribution to business and community in the South Yorkshire region, receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Rotherham, her home town, in 2021.
Upon accepting the role, Kenny said: “I believe my knowledge and experience of how central government works, together with the strategic leadership experience I have gained in ensuring the progression of all the organisations I have been involved with during my career will enable me to continue the vital work of this alliance.”