Skyguard Director Will Murray has been voted as a Section Committee Member for The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) new Lone Worker Section.
The BSIA launched the new Section at IFSEC International 2013 and represents companies operating in the personal protection market, all of which are accredited or working towards accreditation to lone worker standard, BS 8484.
The Committee consists of eight lone worker protection specialists. With Skyguard at the forefront of the industry, Murray was a natural choice to be included as part of the select Committee.
The launch event, held at Birmingham NEC, brought together professionals from across the security industry, and also featured the election and announcement of the first official Section Chairman, Patrick Dealtry. Patrick is a stalwart of the lone worker protection market, having been involved with the BSIA’s Lone Worker Industry Group – the forerunner to the section – for many years, and receiving the coveted BSIA Chairman’s Award in 2010 for services to raising standards in the security industry.
Upon the announcement of election, Skyguard’s Will Murray said “To be voted onto the Committee by fellow industry peers is a great honour which I am very proud to accept. Skyguard have been a supporter and a principle member of the BSIA since 2008. In that time, we’ve worked closely together to ensure key issues are continually adapting to meet marketplace demands.”
“As part of the Committee, I will continue to represent the lone worker protection sector to develop key standards and best practice within the industry.”
Skyguard were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at the event by James Kelly, the chairman of the BSIA.
BSIA Chairman James Kelly added “After many years of witnessing the BSIA’s Lone Worker Industry Group grow, both in influence and in numbers, I am proud to acknowledge the contribution of all involved as the group becomes an official section of membership in its own right.
“As the trade association representing the UK’s private security industry, the BSIA is ideally placed to represent this sector, which makes a significant contribution towards protecting the UK’s eight million lone workers.
“In such a dynamic, fast-growing market, the importance of quality is paramount, and I look forward to supporting the section as it continues to exert its influence in developing industry standards and codes of practice, while promoting the importance of BS 8484 to security buyers and end-users.”
The British Security Industry Association is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. Not only are their members responsible for more than 70% of security products and services provided in the United Kingdom, but also forms valuable working partnerships to achieve desirable changes, such as liaising with Government to ensure that legislation reflects industry and customer needs.