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IPSA commentary on Michael Wilson resignation

International Professional Security Association (IPSA) : 11 November, 2008  (Company News)
CEO of the International Professional Security Association shares his view on the resignation of the Chief Executive of the SIA.
Whilst I can not speak for the whole security industry, in my personal opinion the resignation last week of Michael Wilson is a loss to the industry.

Mike took over as Chief Executive at a time when procedures had been established and the ill-fated move of the application processing contract had already been decided. His job was always going to suffer a rough start, but he willingly took charge whilst simultaneously taking a look at the rationale of decisions made previously. Only a short time before the announcement of his resignation, one of my colleagues was pointing out that he was the first person he had heard from the SIA acknowledge that they would have been better to consider licensing companies first.

As a government body (non-departmental) it was inevitable that when some significant procedural mistakes came to light, that somebody would have to take the blame. As Chief Executive, Mike has taken responsibility for something that whilst unlikely to be his direct responsibility, did as far as I understand occur under his management. In the commercial world, it may have been "get it put right", but in the world of politics it is "clear your desk".

The industry has now lost a person who was willing to listen and work with the industry, who would give straight answers, as he demonstrated again last Thursday at the excellent Safer Doors conference, and was showing the kind of 'open government' approach that other departments only pay lip service to.

It is now my hope that the Home Office and SIA Board look to appointing somebody equally prepared to engage constructively with the industry, particularly at this time of economic uncertainty and financial constraints.
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