Security Industry Authority, Home Office minister Hazel Blears
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
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.
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
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.