This month Simon Banks talks to Mike Reddington, Chief Executive of the BSIA. Mike was appointed as Chief Executive in January 2019 and has worked in the security industry for over 25 years. He began his career in electronic engineering before moving into sales and marketing, rising into senior roles for a variety of leading blue-chip organisations, such as Honeywell and ADI.
You’re now four months into your new role, what are the next priorities for the BSIA?
My focus is to ensure the BSIA continues to be recognised as the voice of the professional security industry, working with existing and new members in the positive development of standards and best practice which enhance our sector. Membership of the BSIA is a kitemark of professionalism and quality in the security industry, providing increased confidence to potential customers when choosing a reliable partner for their purchase and delivery of required security services.
With Brexit and close IoT verticals entering our sector, do you agree that professional Alarm Installers will benefit from BSIA membership?
In relation to the electronic installation security sector there is considerable change taking place in the market with Next Generation Network (NGN), Electronic Call Handling Operation (ECHO) and Cyber Security. The BSIA is ideally positioned to provide support and direction to its members and the industry in navigating their way through these changing times.
With imminent implementation of PD6662:2017 and future changes associated with PD6669, how important is it for the BSIA to advise its members on these changes?
PD6662:2017 is a crucial update bringing together the latest European and British standards for Installers. PD6669 is a brand-new UK standard focusing on the reliability of alarm transmission systems and adds to the European standards we follow. Advising our members is vital and we actively encourage engagement to understand these changes and provide input in the direction and development of standards within the professional security industry.
With all this ongoing change, how important do you believe skills are for our sector?
Our sector needs to remain relevant, and as the voice of the professional security industry we are committed to driving the skills and competency required to ensure this happens. Our training section allows members to provide a variety of industry-recognised training courses, whilst our wholly owned subsidiary, Skills for Security, focuses primarily on delivering these schemes through apprenticeships and creating our Engineers of Tomorrow. Technology continues to move at a rapid pace and there are also potential new entrants into the security industry – some of whom don’t have the knowledge, skill or experience to deliver the products and service that end users require. The BSIA is continually working with its members and partners across all sectors of the professional security industry to ensure a high level of quality and professionalism is maintained. Professionalism and relevance remain our focus through vetting of employees, education, training, appropriate standards and best practice. These all combine to address the needs of today and the future of our sector.