An Introduction from Garry Evanson
At the Board Meeting yesterday, my predecessor Emma Shaw stood down as Chair and I have now assumed the responsibility of being your Chairman.
I want first of all to put on record my personal appreciation, the appreciation of the board and - I’m sure - that of our wider membership to Emma for her hard and visionary work as Chair over the past two years. She has worked tirelessly to further the interests of the Security Institute throughout her tenure and has left us with a platform we can use to grow this organisation both in terms of membership and influence. Now as she begins a fresh chapter of her life we wish her the very best for the future.
What can you expect from me as your chairman? Certainly nothing less than hard work but there are a few pointers I’d like to share with you to give you some idea of the priorities I will be promoting as part of my chairmanship.
Firstly, it is important that we do not lose sight of the fact that we are a membership organisation run on sound business principles rather than a business that happens to be a membership body…and there is a considerable difference between the two. We exist first and foremost for the benefit of our members and of the wider profession. It is important that we generate the financial surpluses to enable us to do that but generating those surpluses must never become our primary aim.
Secondly, I restate your board’s intention to do all within our power to deliver chartered body status to the Security Institute within a realistic time-frame. One of the key precursors of this is that we must offer an inclusive approach as a membership organisation. Since our founding we have focused exclusively on the senior ranks within the security profession whilst overlooking the fact that it is very often those at junior and middle stages of their careers who can most benefit from the community that is offered by a professional body. We will be active in encouraging individuals at these stages to join the Institute in order that we can work with them to develop their careers within our industry.
Thirdly, the key to success in any profession is having a solid educational foundation on which to build. We will actively seek links with educational institutions to promote security education qualifications and will also be ensuring that our own educational offerings are robust and develop in line with the evolving needs of security practitioners. From this foundation will come solid career pathways from entry level through to leadership positions and we intend to be there to help members of the security profession at each upward step.
We have taken giant strides in our first fifteen years but the biggest challenges are still ahead of us. I aim to grow our membership, embed our influence within the profession and wider society and lead us further down the path towards eventual chartered body status. I am sure I can rely on the support of each and every member in this journey.
Garry W. Evanson MSc BA PgDip PGCE CSyP MCGI FSyI
Chairman, Security Institute