Director, Inspections & Enforcement

Security Industry Authority

Flexible, with travel expected to the SIA’s London Office and other UK locations as required

  • Location

    Flexible, with travel expected to the SIA’s London Office and other UK locations as required

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £97,300 per annum plus generous benefits package

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  • Expiry date

    05 December 2021

  • Client

    Security Industry Authority

Ref: GSe81302

The SIA is the organisation responsible for regulating the UK private security industry. Our role is to protect the public through effective regulation of the private security industry and work with partners to raise standards across the sector. Its regulatory remit covers the whole of the United Kingdom. We are a high performing organisation and work closely with the industry, enforcement partners, Government, and the devolved administrations to meet our objectives. We have two main duties: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry, and the management of an Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed quality criteria.

We are now seeking to appoint a Director of Inspections and Enforcement; a prominent senior leadership and board level role in which you will be required to operate beyond your discipline to contribute to the overall leadership of the SIA.  We are already a high performing organisation with a strong track record of delivering improvements in the licensing of those working within the private security industry, and we operate with substantial reach in a changing sector in which our work has never been more important. We are adapting our inspection and enforcement approaches so we can be more visible and proactive. Our work continues at pace as we also respond to and act on the Manchester Arena Inquiry report findings and recommendations and work with the Home Office and other stakeholders on government priorities including the proposed Protect Duty and violence against women and girls strategy. 

In this role, you will be accountable for directing and delivering effective regulatory interventions and results, developing our intelligence capacity and capability and building internal and external relationships with key partners to ensure that our work is relevant, agile and responsive to industry change.  Over and above this, as part of and operating at board level, your remit will include contributing to our strategic direction, operational excellence and inclusive culture.

Currently performing a similar role in a law enforcement, regulatory or legal setting, you will be accustomed to leading multi-disciplinary teams, with experience of working with system partners in support of required societal outcomes.  Strategic and collaborative, you will be a strong team player whose commitment to the development of strong external relationships is equalled by your ability to convene, cohere and develop others in support of common goals. 

These are both exciting and challenging times for the SIA, and we are looking for an authentic and credible leader who not only shares our commitment to raising standards and delivering outcomes that contribute in a meaningful way to public safety, but also our values. The ability to establish and nurture a positive culture of inclusion and equality of opportunity both within the SIA and for those we license, is central to how we are operating.

For an informal discussion about the role, contact our recruitment partners, Peter Guilder on 07545 441127 or Stephanie Wilson on 07880 382745.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Sunday 5 December 2021 - 23:55

Shortlist Meeting
Thursday 9 December 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Monday 20 or Tuesday 21 December 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please include:

  • A CV setting out your career history, highlighting your key responsibilities and achievements in your current and previous roles. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps, especially within the past two years;
  • A supporting statement (of not more than 3 pages) detailing how you can address the Essential and Desirable criteria in the Person Specification and how your behaviours align with those of the SIA;
  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers as well as your personal email address (to be used with discretion);
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees should be people who can comment authoritatively on you as a person and as an employee and must include your current or most recent employer or his/her authorised representative. Confidential references are taken up on candidates shortlisted for formal interviews. However, we will refer back to you for confirmation that referees may be approached before any contact is made with them;
  • A completed diversity monitoring form, this will appear on screen as part of your application process.


  1. SIA Leadership statement.pdf
  2. SIA Values.pdf


Peter Guilder: 07545 441 127