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18th January 2013 | Posted in General News

Bill Matthews Acting Chairman at the SIA

15 Jan 13

Lord Taylor of Holbeach has announced that Bill Matthews is now the acting chairman of the Security Industry Authority.

Matthews succeeds Baroness Ruth Henig, whose term of appointment came to an end yesterday (after two full terms in office), with the decision on the Baroness’ replacement having been made following a formal recruitment campaign.

The appointment is for one year, and Matthews’ main responsibility will be leading the Security Industry Authority (SIA) through the transition to a business licensing regime.

Bill Matthews began his career as an engineer with Motorola, leading to a 15-year career in operations, marketing and senior management roles.

Following a subsequent period in the SME sector, he developed a portfolio of non-executive roles in the public and private sectors.

Matthews has worked in criminal justice and law enforcement since 2004, including roles as a member of the Management Board of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Police Services Authority.

He became the Scottish Board Member of the Security Industry Authority in 2008 and has worked closely with Scottish Government on the successful implementation of regulation.

Matthews holds degrees in engineering, psychology and business administration and is a member of both the BBC Trust and the British Transport Police Authority.

Speaking about the new appointment, Home Office minister Lord Taylor said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Matthews as acting chairman of the SIA. I’m sure that he will bring his energy and experience to this vital and challenging role as the SIA moves towards a new regime based on the regulation of businesses.”

The Home Office will begin the recruitment process for a permanent chairman in due course.

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