Security Industry Authority CEO Bill Butler set to retire in Summer 2015

Bill Butler – the hugely successful chief executive of industry regulator the Security Industry Authority – is to retire in the Summer of 2015, and the search to recruit his successor is now underway.

Bill Butler joined the Security Industry Authority (SIA) back in July 2009, having previously held the post of director of corporate services at the Gambling Commission (where he was part of the team that led the establishment of the new regulator for the gambling industry).

Butler has also worked in a number of other large national organisations, including the Audit Commission (where he qualified as an accountant and held a number of roles, including regional director for central England and director of health) and the Healthcare Commission, where he served as finance director.

Butler holds a degree in law and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and has done an exceptional job as CEO of the SIA.

The SIA, of course, works closely with industry, Government and the devolved administrations to develop the regulatory regime. The organisation certainly has a challenging agenda ahead, including the planned introduction of business licensing next year, licensing of the private investigations sector and further development of both organisation and services within the regulator itself.

SIA CEO Bill Butler: retiring in the Summer of 2015

SIA CEO Bill Butler: retiring in the Summer of 2015

The job advert issued by the security sector’s regulator on recruitment consultant GatenbySanderson’s website reads: “Playing our part in protecting the public remains the priority. We are looking for a new chief executive who will bring a successful track record of leadership at Board level in the public or private sector. You must be a strong leader. Excellent stakeholder engagement skills will be critical, and there will be a high level of success in delivering change within your career to date. This is an exciting time to join the SIA.”

Elizabeth France CBE, chairman of the SIA, commented: “This is an important appointment and I want to ensure that we find an excellent replacement for Bill. We have the time and opportunity to make sure this change happens with the minimum impact on the SIA’s services, stakeholders and staff.”

France added: “To ensure continuity, Bill has agreed to stay on until his successor is in place and a handover complete. That may be the end of summer 2015. In the meantime, Bill will be with us for many months yet, making sure we keep our plans on track. We’ve a lot of work to do, and it will be business as usual at the SIA.”

Closing date for applications (Ref: GSe17021) is Monday 13 October.

Preliminary interviews will be held week commencing Monday 27 October, with an Assessment Centre taking place week commencing Monday 17 November.

The final panel interview is to be conducted on Thursday 4 December.

*Interested candidates should contact Michael Dobson (tel: 0207 426 3968) or Mark Turner (tel: 0207 426 3983) at GatenbySanderson. The full job description and person specification is available here: http://www.siafuture.com/job/chief-executive-at-security-industry-authority-in-london.3686

**Starting salary for the CEO’s role at the SIA is circa £120,000 per annum

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