Board members

Skills for Security is the sector skills body for the private security industry – and is a not-for-profit organisation.

Skills for Security is governed by a non-executive board whose role is to guide, advise and monitor the work of the executive directors. Our board members are:

James Kelly

Chief Executive of the BSIA

James Kelly responsibilities include leading the team and providing strategic direction to the Association and its members. He maintains a high level of contact with government, civil servants and overseas bodies, and is heavily involved in industry regulatory activities.

Prior to this, James spent nine years as Managing Director of the Direct Marketing Association and previous roles include: Director of Marketing for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers; Head of Marketing Services for the Law Society; International Marketing Manager for The Wine Society and Planning Manager for Royal Mail. He has also undertaken voluntary advice work in law centres and Citizens’ Advice Bureaux.

Dirk Wilson

Chairman of the BSIA

Dirk was elected by the BSIA Council to serve as Chairman of the Association for a two-year term from July 2016. Dirk chairs the BSIA Council and the Operating Board. He is a long-serving member of the BSIA’s Security Guarding Section, and works closely with the Association’s Chief Executive to form strategic objectives for the BSIA.

Dave Wilkinson

Director of Technical Services of the BSIA

Dave is responsible for coordinating all technical and quality matters within the BSIA. These duties include acting as representative on various UK, European and international standards committees and acting as UK representative on various CENELEC and Euralarm committees monitoring EU directives that impact BSIA members. In addition, Dave is the industry lead for the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC). He is also responsible for membership liaison within the BSIA’s technical sections and works closely with other industry organisations such as ABI, NPCC, Police Scotland, Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Inspectorates on technical issues and anything else that may affect BSIA members.