The Security Institute names new Chief Executive

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The Security Institute has named Professor Simon Hepburn MA MCMI FRSA as its Chief Executive.

Professor Hepburn was chosen from a strong set of candidates after an independent, rigorous selection process carried out by NFP Consulting.

Professor Simon Hepburn

Professor Hepburn is a 25-year veteran of the not-for-profit, education and careers sectors, is a Visiting Professor at Aston University and is Chair of ReachOut, the youth mentoring charity.

Moreover, he was named one of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the Powerlist Magazine 2023.

Professor Hepburn was the first Chief Executive Officer for the UK Cyber Security Council, developing the organisation from a start-up to a respected Chartered organisation.

According to The Security Institute, he has also held executive and director positions within a variety of national and international charities, multi-academy trusts and businesses.

As The Security Institute continues to adapt to new demands within the sector, Professor Hepburn is said to have the experience and knowledge to help further develop the organisation.

“Crucial work”

“I am pleased to join The Security Institute as the new Chief Executive Officer,” commented Professor Hepburn.

“The Institute has over twenty years of experience providing essential services and the voice of the security profession.

“This industry I believe carries out some of the most important work to protect the UK.

“I look forward to working with the Board, staff, key partners, stakeholders and practitioners to amplify this crucial work and lead the organisation through its next development phase, growth and influence.”

“Understanding and experience”

Julie Nel MA, MSyI, Chair, The Security Institute added: “Simon will bring his wealth of experience and extensive network to significantly benefit The Institute.

“He will be integral to building on our current structure and service delivery.

“His understanding and experience of working within the cybersecurity field, as well as leading a membership organisation, means we have recruited a Chief Executive who will be able to deliver the strategy of the Board and ensure growth and service excellence for our members, partners and stakeholders.”

The Security Institute

The Security Institute launched in 1999 and, since its inception, has strived to promote the highest possible standards of integrity and professional competence in the security industry.

The UK-based professional institution offers membership to nearly 5,000 security professionals.

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