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WHEEL-CLAMPERS' NEW CHAMPION APPOINTED

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Peter Hermitage has been appointed temporary chairman of the ...
Peter Hermitage has been appointed temporary chairman of the

Security Industry Authority, Home Office minister Hazel Blears

announced today.

Mr Hermitage is currently a member of the SIA board. He is taking

over from Molly Meacher who resigned last week.

Ms Blears said: 'I'm pleased to appoint Mr Hermitage as chairman of

the SIA at this important time for the authority.

'There has already been tremendous progress since the authority

started in April, but we are now moving into a crucial phase. The

first phase of the rollout of door supervisor licensing in Hampshire

and the Isle of Wight is a key milestone for the authority and the

beginning of common professional standards being introduced into the

industry.'

Mr Hermitage, who is appointed by the home secretary, will be

temporary chairman until June 2004. A permanent replacement will be

sought through open competition.

NOTES:

1. The Security Industry Authority was established under the Private

Security Industry Act 2001 to raise the professional standards and

probity of those working in the private security industry. The SIA

will be responsible for licensing door supervisors, wheel-clampers,

security guards, private investigators, key holders and security

consultants. The authority will also run an approved contractor

scheme.

2. The three other members of the authority are Robin Dahlberg,

Brendan O'Friel and Bruce Warman.

3. The SIA is an executive non-departmental public body. Under the

terms of the 2001 Act the chairman and other members of the authority

are appointed by the home secretary.

4. Peter Hermitage has had a long police career 1968-99, including

assistant inspector of constabulary 1994-96. He retired as chief

constable, director of national police training 1996-1999. Mr

Hermitage served as the chairman of East Kent NHS Hospitals Trust

from 2000-2003. He is the vice chairman of governors of Canterbury

Chri st Church University College.

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