Welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer

The Security Institute is pleased to announce that Professor Simon Hepburn, MA MCMI FRSA, has been selected for the role of Chief Executive for The Security Institute.

Prof. Simon was selected from a strong set of candidates after an independent, rigorous selection process carried out on behalf of The Security Institute by NFP Consultants, a well-respected executive search company.

Prof. Simon Hepburn is a 25-year veteran of the not-for-profit, education and careers sector, a Visiting Professor at Aston University in Birmingham, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of ReachOut youth mentoring charity and was named as one of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the POWERLIST 2023

Prof. Simon was the first Chief Executive Officer for the UK Cyber Security Council, developing the organisation from a start-up to a well-respected Royal Chartered organisation, which is leading in cyber standards development and is able to bestow professional titles to individuals, including chartership, a world-first.

Prof. Simon has also held director positions within a variety of national and international charities, multi-academy trusts and businesses,  was a Trustee Board member of ACEVO (Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), an Enterprise Advisor for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and sat on the BBC Charities Advisory Board.

As The Security Institute continues to grow and adapt to meet new demands within the security sector, Prof. Simon has the experience and breadth of knowledge to move The Security Institute forward and develop the organisation to meet those demands.

Prof. Simon has significant experience in influencing and stakeholder engagement. He has responded to government consultations, been involved in advisory groups, is a popular keynote speaker and panellist, and is a champion for his organisations’ work in the policy and thought leadership arena.

Over the years, he has also built an extensive network from the public, private, and third sector which will greatly benefit The Security Institute in extending its reach and influence.

Speaking on his appointment, Simon commented:

“I am pleased to join The Security Institute as the new Chief Executive Officer. The Institute has over twenty years of experience providing essential services to 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.”

The Institute’s Chair, Julie Nel, welcomed Simon to the team, saying:

“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 cyber security 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.”

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