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Brian Sims appointed Editor of Security Matters

12 March 2020

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI has been appointed Editor of Security Matters and Fire Safety Matters at Western Business Media.

In his new role, Brian will be responsible for all content generation across print and digital formats encompassing the print journals, websites, e-newsletters and the webinar series.

In November 2000, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today (SMT) by The Builder Group having spent ten years in engineering journalism at the same company working across two titles – Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. 

Brian received the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Chairman’s Award for ‘Promoting The Security Industry’ in 2005 and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector’. In 2008, as Group Content Editor for UBM Live’s Security Portfolio, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize.

Brian became Editor of Risk UK in 2014 and was responsible for launching The Paper – a dedicated fortnightly business newspaper for the security and fire profession.

Due to market demand, Security Matters (the official publication of The Security Event and formerly published as part of Fire Safety Matters) will now be a stand-alone publication. Importantly, Security Matters will have the largest distribution of any security magazine in the UK market and, importantly, is also set to be the only ABC-audited magazine in the sector. Security Matters has a digital database of more than 200,000 subscribers, while Fire Safety Matters has 54,000 subscribers to its database. 

Commenting on the appointment, Western Business Media’s CEO Mark Sennett said: “Brian is a hugely popular figure in the security and fire industries and we’re absolutely delighted that he’s joining us. Brian is a perfect fit for Security Matters and Fire Safety Matters, and I’m certain that his extensive experience and industry knowledge of both business sectors will greatly assist with the continued development of the magazines.”

Speaking about his new role, Brian Sims stated: “I’m delighted to have been appointed Editor of Security Matters and Fire Safety Matters at what’s an extremely exciting time of development for both journals and, indeed, Western Business Media as a company.” 

Sims added: “I’ve spent the last two decades writing about and commentating on the security and fire business sectors. It has never been ‘just a job’ for me. Rather, it’s a vocation. My key role is to assist security and fire safety professionals in their world of work by dint of providing informed articles and keeping them up-to-date with the latest trains of thought and news impacting their roles and their businesses. As part of that, it’s my goal to further professionalism across both sectors by generating thought-provoking debate and providing ‘must read’ platforms for key information, education and training.”