SIA appoints Michelle Russell as Acting Chief Executive

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The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has appointed Michelle Russell as Acting Chief Executive. Michelle will take up the role on 19 October following Ian Todd’s departure from the SIA.

Michelle is currently the SIA’s Director of Inspections and Enforcement. Immediately prior to joining the SIA Michelle was a Director at the charity regulator, the Charity Commission.

Elizabeth France, Chair of the SIA said:

Michelle was selected following an internal competition. All Authority Members took part in the interview and selection process and were impressed by the candidates’ performances. It confirmed our view that we have a strong senior team at the SIA.

After careful consideration, we decided that Michelle Russell should take the SIA forward as Acting Chief Executive until a permanent appointment is made, probably in about six months.

Reflecting on her appointment, Michelle said:

I am pleased and excited to be taking on this role. I look forward to working with the Authority Members, the Directors and staff at the SIA, to continue to support the private security industry in protecting the public in these unprecedented times.

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.

  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).​​​​​​​​​​​

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