Simon Banks steps down from BAFE Board

Friday 16th December 2022

After eight years, Simon Banks has made the difficult decision to step down from the BAFE Board.

Justin Maltby-Smith, Group Managing Director of BAFE, stated “In my first year with BAFE I can see that Simon has been an extremely supportive and valued member of the BAFE Board. Simon’s work, especially with driving new talent into the fire and security sectors, has been of great value, and with Simon’s support BAFE has been honoured to be part of this with our support of quality initiatives such as Apprentices for Fire and Security (A4FS), Engineers of Tomorrow and the World Skills UK competition.”

Simon commented “It’s been a privilege to represent BAFE for the past eight years. Many organisations benefit from the good work that BAFE do to educate, protect, and save lives and protect property. We must continue to increase competency and training awareness whilst ensuring the best products, high standards, quality, and proficiency through our valued installers.”

Simon recently launched the not for profit organisation The Banks Foundation, which adds to the many initiatives he has been involved with throughout his career to support young people entering the IoT, Security and Electrotechnical sectors. – BAFE wish Simon all the best with this new endeavour.

Justin added “It is imperative that young talent is introduced into the sector to further establish a competent and capable workforce. Simon’s work will continue to aid BAFE regarding this issue and assist in upskilling people into more complex areas that require quality skills and knowledge to advance into these positions to keep people safe.”

The BAFE organisation, including Chair Douglas Barnett, Board/Council, and team would like to thank Simon for his service and continued support of competency and third-party certification. Whilst no longer being a member of the BAFE Board, we trust this relationship will remain strong for many years.

Simon Banks continues to hold important positions within the fire and security sector including Chair for the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Skills for Security, as well as a board member of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) among his duties at CSL and his many supporting initiatives.