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Chris Hanks to succeed Sir Francis Richards as NSI chairman

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the name of its future chairman. Chris Hanks will succeed current chairman Sir Francis Richards with effect from November this year.

Following a detailed series of selection interviews, Chris Hanks has been selected to chair the NSI’s Board. Chris has enjoyed a distinguished career in the insurance sector, his most recent appointment being with Allianz Insurance plc.

Hanks began his career as an underwriter in casualty and property insurance, and soon progressed to be UK manager for NEM Insurance. He became head of business units for AGF Insurance Group before promotions took him to the role of general manager for Allianz Insurance’s commercial operations in the UK. Here, he was tasked with responsibility for the profitability, growth, sales and operation of all commercial and engineering business as a member of Allianz UK’s Management Board.

Chris Hanks: the next chairman of the National Security Inspectorate

Chris Hanks: the next chairman of the National Security Inspectorate

Hanks also held the appointments of chairman, Allianz Business Services Ltd and director, Allianz Engineering Ltd. He has served as a Board Committee member for Reinsurance, IT Major Projects, Talent and Risk, as a director at the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Trustee for the Chartered Insurance Institute Pension Fund and chairman at Polaris (UK) Ltd.

A prominent figure within the insurance market, Hanks has been an FSA Approved Person for 15 years and has held executive and representative roles for a number of market bodies (among them the ABI, BIBA, FPA, Polaris and CII). He has a personal passion and commitment around the development of professionalism and talent in industry.

Change and opportunity in the security and fire sectors

On his new appointment at the NSI, Hanks explained: “I’m delighted to be joining the NSI at a time when there is so much change and opportunity in the fire and security sectors. New technology, new regulatory regimes, ever-changing business models and, of course, new standards at the national, European and international levels will set challenges in every area.”

Hanks continued: “I hope that my commercial background and experience within the insurance industry will add significant value to the NSI’s future operations. I also wish to stress the inherent value of sector-specific third party certification to specifiers, procurers, insurers and end users alike. I’m particularly passionate about developing professionalism and talent in industry, and I hope to draw upon my commitment to this during my tenure as chairman of the NSI.”

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little, CEO at the NSI, commented: “These are exciting times for the fire and security sectors. The NSI is adapting to the new business reality of the 21st Century. We look forward to welcoming Chris as we move towards a more risk-based, customer friendly NSI while at the same time continuing to strive for improved standards across both sectors.”

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Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO to retire as chairman of the NSI

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced that Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO will be retiring in November following six years as chairman of the Board.

Sir Francis Richards joined the NSI in May 2007 after a distinguished senior level public service career which included appointments at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar and as director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham.

Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO

Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO

Jeff Little OBE, the NSI’s CEO, commented: “It has been a real honour to work for Sir Francis. He has steered the NSI ship with a very firm hand on the tiller. We have moved forward significantly under his direction over the past six years and, as a result, we now have a clear route ahead and a solid platform upon which to grow thanks to his guidance and wisdom.”

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

On his forthcoming retirement, Sir Francis stated: “It has been an immense privilege to be with the NSI at a time of huge change in the security and fire sectors. The accelerating pace of technological development has driven a real revolution in security affairs over the past six years, and is transforming the whole shape of the industry. Third party certification is more essential than ever and Standards are becoming ever more numerous, complex and diverse. The NSI has had to become nimbler and more agile without compromising its traditional professional excellence.”

Sir Francis continued: “I have seen the NSI become a more modern and customer-focused organisation, and I’m confident that it will continue to add value and reduce risk for those who make it their partner along the approval route.”

Sir Francis believes that “the industry is in impressive shape” and that “the results speak for themselves”, with crime figures down in most areas and the incidence of fire falling across the country. He added: “New challenges – not least in the cyber area – will keep the industry on its toes.”

In conclusion, Sir Francis commented: “I wish my successor, as well as Jeff and his outstanding team every success in maintaining the NSI’s position as the certification body of choice for the foreseeable future.”

Sir Francis will chair the October Board Meeting of the NSI and formally hand over the reins in early November this year.

An announcement regarding his successor will be forthcoming.

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