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Alex Carmichael appointed CEO at the SSAIB

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014, has appointed its next CEO. Alex Carmichael – presently director of technical services and exports at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – will be taking over from Geoff Tate who announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down as CEO at the security, fire and telecare certification body after 16 years in the role.

At the BSIA, Carmichael – who joined the Trade Association back in 1998 in the role of technical officer – is responsible for co-ordinating all technical and quality matters within the Association. These duties include acting as the organisation’s representative on various UK and European standards committees and serving as the UK’s representative on various Cenelec and Euralarm committees monitoring EU Directives that directly impact BSIA members.

In addition, Carmichael’s responsible for membership liaison within the BSIA’s technical sections, and works closely with other industry organisations such as the ABI, ACPO, ACPOS and several inspectorates on technical and any other issues that may affect BSIA members.

Indeed, Carmichael’s existing duties on those UK and European committees, along with his strong technical background and close working relationship with a variety of industry organisations, afford him the ideal credentials to steer the SSAIB in its next phase of growth.

Carmichael’s background also includes over 20 years’ experience in the Army across various technical/engineering support roles with REME, as well as a short spell as an electromedical engineer with the NHS.

For the time being, Carmichael will remain at the BSIA and take up his new post next March following a handover period shadowing his successor. The BSIA is presently seeking a replacement for Carmichael to head the technical team at Kirkham House in Worcester.

Alex Carmichael: the new CEO at the SSAIB

Alex Carmichael: the new CEO at the SSAIB

Widely known and respected

“I’m delighted that someone with Alex’s skill set will be heading up the SSAIB,” enthused Geoff Tate. “I’ll be handing over the reins to someone with over 15 years’ involvement in the security sector where he’s widely known and respected.”

Tate continued: “Besides working with him during a transitional handover, I’ll remain in close contact with Alex as the SSAIB’s chairman. It’s a significant boost for the SSAIB to appoint a new CEO of such calibre and provides the foundation for our future. SSAIB-certificated organisations in the security, fire and telecare industries can rest assured that they’ll be in good hands with our staff under Alex’s capable guidance.”

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, the SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations providing electronic security systems, guarding security services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to its product schemes, SSAIB also offers a range of management systems certification schemes, including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification.

Over 1,500 companies are now listed on the SSAIB’s register.

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SSAIB recruits manned services assessors ahead of business licensing

Inspection company the SSAIB – which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a fire, security and telecare certification body – has recruited two new manned services assessors to join the team headed by scheme manager Stephen Grieve.

The duo’s appointments come in the context of future regulation through mandatory business licensing – the most significant factor affecting the security industry since the SIA (Security Industry Authority) introduced individual licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Andrew Osbourne

Andrew Osbourne

Andrew Osborne joins the SSAIB to cover the south of England. He brings with him an extensive and wide-ranging 40-year track record of business experience including security screening and training, Health and Safety management and risk assessments with companies such as G4S (with whom, for example, he conducted site and remote audits on static guarding, maritime, aviation, rail and events operations including employee screening, training and licensing).

Osbourne’s appointment to the team is mirrored by David Taylor’s recruitment to cover the Midlands and the north of England. Taylor has a similarly impressive industry CV dating back over 20 years and including roles as an operations, training and quality and security manager for Sigma Security. He also served as a project manager for Wilson James covering British Airways’ Heathrow headquarters, as well as being manager of security and safety services for both the Portman and Coventry Building Societies.

David Taylor

David Taylor

“Bringing on board professionals of Andrew and David’s calibre is a significant step for SSAIB as we invest in our regional manned services assessment capability in the run-up to the anticipated 2015 introduction of business licensing,” commented Stephen Grieve, “with all of the important implications involved in that process. This move also demonstrates the SSAIB’s credentials within the market as we operate for the benefit of licensing and certification customers around the UK and Ireland.”

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, the SSAIB also offers a range of management systems certification schemes, including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification.

Over 1,500 companies are now included on the SSAIB’s register.

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SSAIB CEO Geoff Tate to retire at the end of 2014

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board has announced on its website that CEO Geoff Tate will retire at the end of 2014.

Geoff has led the SSAIB since 1999, when he took over the CEO’s role from founder David Hinge, and over the past 15 years has built the organisation into a body with a record 1,500-plus registered firms.

Following the merger of AISC, Integrity 2000 and the SSAIB in early 2001, which created an enlarged and unified SSAIB, the certification body has signficantly expanded its remit within the sectors of manned services and electronic security systems, fire protection, environmental management and occupational Health and Safety management systems, as well as telecare monitoring equipment for social alarms.

The SSAIB also gained important approval from the Security Industry Authority as an Approved Contractor Scheme assessment body.

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

Moving to become SSAIB chairman

Fortunately, Geoff will continue his association beyond 2014 by becoming chairman of SSAIB – a move that will provide continuity for the organisation.

He’ll also maintain his existing role as a member of various British and European standards committees.

“It’s now time for me to make way for someone who can lead the SSAIB during the next phase of its development,” explained Tate. “The past 15 years have been significant ones for the SSAIB, as it’s moved into a mainstream role as a certification body that’s become fully accepted by insurers, the police and fire services.”

Tate continued: “Importantly, however, we’ve aimed to expand our role without losing sight of the qualities that set the SSAIB apart from other certification bodies. Our approach is inclusive of small and large providers alike, and we always try to offer guidance and encouragement to certificated firms, as well as companies considering certification, as part of our goal to add value to the certification process.”

Tate went on to say: “The SSAIB is all about raising standards and that’s an aim we intend to continue pursuing. We set out to help our registered firms comply with British and European standards because it’s a myth that standards are designed to be a bureaucratic and costly hurdle for installers and others to try and avoid wherever possible. Standards are the key to unlocking product innovation and serving customers who ultimately fund the industry through their purchasing decisions.”

The SSAIB will be recruiting a successor to Geoff Tate in the coming months, with the aim of allowing the incoming CEO a transitional handover period before taking over at the start of 2015.

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