BSIA Appoints New Chief Executive

The Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Stuart Lowden, announced the appointment of James Kelly as the new Chief Executive of the BSIA.

Kelly brings a wealth of experience in lobbying, legal advice and commercial service delivery. With a successful track record in professional representation he has performed leadership roles on behalf of the legal profession, engineering and marketing services industries.

Until recently, Kelly was COO of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), a role which was both high profile and challenging. He held this position for nine years, during which time he contributed to the growth and influence of the DMA.

"I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive of the BSIA and look forward to representing what is a hugely important industry over the coming years," Kelly said. "Key stakeholders, including government, recognize that the private security industry is an essential partner in providing a safe environment for UK business and society. I want to capitalize on that and shall be working hard to help members derive a real competitive and reputational advantage from their membership of the BSIA."

The BSIA welcomed Kelly. "The appointment follows an extensive recruitment process which included a field of extremely able candidates," Lowden said. "The panel concluded that James Kelly has the ideal balance of skill sets and experience to build on the achievements of the association, and we look forward to working with him in the coming years."

Kelly will begin his BSIA duties on Jan. 11, 2010.

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