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SIA welcomes two new non-executive directors

13 February 2020

​A businesswoman with a background in close protection, and a former senior police officer, have become the two latest appointees by Home Office Ministers to the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Kate Bright and Alec Wood began their 3-year term as Members of the Authority on Monday 3 February. Their appointments followed the public appointments process. Authority Members are non-executive directors who have responsibility, among other things, for setting the SIA’s strategic direction. With the executive directors they make up the SIA’s Board.

Elizabeth France, chair of the Security Industry Authority, said: “I am delighted that the Home Secretary has appointed Alec and Kate. They will bring new perspectives and valuable experience to the Authority. I am looking forward to working with them as we take the SIA forward.”

Kate Bright, who has worked in and with private security for 20 years, was a close protection-trained chief of staff to international families in London prior to setting up the award-winning security focused recruitment and concierge firm UMBRA International Group. Kate is a member of both The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and the Security Institute, as well as a Companion of the Institute of Leadership & Management. Her previous non-executive roles include a position with Amatte, a company with a mission to empower female farmers in Africa.

Alec Wood was previously the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, retiring in 2018 after 32 years in policing. Alec was the National Chief Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Operations between 2015 and 2018, a role in which he oversaw and set policy and standards for national specialist policing functions including Police use of Firearms, Public Order Policing, Stop and Search, Roads Policing, Aviation and Civil Contingencies.​​