Manned services scheme manager

by Mark Rowe

The SSAIB inspectorate have named Dougie Callander as the new scheme manager for manned services – after predecessor David Taylor made the decision to step down from the role over the summer.

With over 19 years of experience in the security industry – having entered from school – the 37-year-old has spent the last ten years working as a regional investigator for the UK regulator the Security Industry Authority (SIA), where he also completed a seven-month stint acting as regional investigation manager for their compliance and investigation department during 2012-13.

While working for the security regulator, the new Scotland-based scheme manager also played an integral part in a multi-agency team coordinating the regulation and quality assurance at such events as the London 2012 Olympic Games, the G8 summits in Northern Ireland (2013) and Cardiff (2014), the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament.

Dougie, pictured, said that he is looking to use what he has learnt so far to “bring a new dynamic to SSAIB.” He said: “While working for the SIA – and within the security industry – over the last ten years, I have been aware of the excellent reputation the SSAIB have within the industry and the work they have done to help raise the performance standards within the Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS).

“Most importantly, I also know of the part they have played in safeguarding the integrity of the ACS scheme – by ensuring all assessments are fair, proportionate and transparent – and, for me, it is essential that the SSAIB continue to perform to the high standards they have already set.

“I like to think I am a champion of change and I always promote best practice. Therefore, I believe that my unique and diverse background – as well as my knowledge of the SIA and ACS – will bring a new dynamic to SSAIB and I’ll be able to offer fresh ideas on ensuring that we continue performing to a consistently high standard.”

David Taylor – who joined SSAIB in June 2014 – will continue on as a part-time manned services assessor for the time being.

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