23 May 2024


Simon Banks Martin Watson BSIA

CSL founder, Simon Banks, has stepped down from his role as Chairman of the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) after six years.

Appointed Chair in July 2018 and having overseen significant changes over this period, Simon departs as the Association’s longest-serving Chairman in its 57-year history. Martin Watson was announced as the BSIA’s new Chair at the Association’s Spring Forum and Annual General Meeting in London on Wednesday 15th May 2024. Simon and Martin are pictured above.

Simon Banks commented: “In parting from the BSIA, I would like to thank the dedicated team for their efforts; I was a reluctant Chairman, turning down the role twice before getting on board. I am delighted to now reflect on the many achievements and milestones over the last six years. I wish everyone well and hope to see the association evolve in sync with an ever-changing sector.”

Simon continues to serve as a current board member of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) as well as spearheading the Skills for Group as its Co-owner and Executive Chairman. Dedicated to advancing apprenticeships and skills in the Electrotechnical domain, Skills is facilitating the career paths of thousands of young individuals. Simon also participated in the UK Government’s Trailblazer initiative to form the apprenticeship framework for the Fire, Emergency and Security national curriculum. In 2022, Simon's philanthropic spirit led to the creation of The Banks Foundation, aimed at identifying innate entrepreneurial talent, recognising that certain individuals possess an intangible quality crucial for wealth creation, benefiting thousands of people’s lives.

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