Security Industry Authority welcomes two new non-executive directors

03 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.

Kate Bright and Alec Wood begin their 3-year term as Members of the Authority on Monday 03 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 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.​​


Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
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