SBRC Welcomes New Head of Business Resilience

by Alice Hope

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Scottish Police Inspector joins the SBRC as new Head of Business Resilience.

PR Photograph of Ian Stephen, Head of Business Resilience at SBRC

WITH A career spanning more than 27 years, Ian Stephen will bring an abundance of policing knowledge and experience to his secondment at the forefront of Scotland’s business resilience.


SBRC aims to make Scotland a safer environment for business to flourish, a goal Ian too will strive for by helping to prevent business crimes before they happen.


Perth-native Ian said: “Working in the police has been a fantastic time in my life, but moving to SBRC and aiming to prevent crime before it has the chance to happen will be equally as rewarding as dealing with the repercussions of crime.


“Our business resilience team is made up of five seconded police officers. We all act similarly to how a business crime prevention unit in the police would, which helps us continue to maintain our strong collaborative relationship with the force.”


Joining on secondment from Police Scotland, Ian is already well-accustomed to different aspects of policing – from armed policing and stolen vehicle squad to operational planning and community policing.


Originally moving to Durham in 1992 to undertake his police training, Ian later served in the North East for ten years before moving back up to Scotland.


Father of three, Ian, continued: “The main difference I feel between my time in the police force and my time now at SBRC, is that working after a crime can often be frustrating.


“Now, I find myself working to prevent crime, rather than pick up the pieces after one is committed which also means that we save people from becoming victims which is just the cherry on top of the cake.


“Teaching businesses to operate safely, no matter their size, is essential to promoting Scotland as a secure place for business to flourish – I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it.”


In 2013, Ian transferred to the Lothian and Borders service, which saw him at the forefront of Police Scotland’s transformation as a single police service. 

Eamonn Keane, Chief Operating Officer for Cyber and Innovation, said: “Ian is an excellent addition to the SBRC team. He has been such a driving force for good within the police, which will continue further during his time here.


“Our ongoing partnership with organisations such as Police Scotland strengthens our ability to protect Scottish businesses and make Scotland a more resilient and safer place to live and work.”


The Scottish Business Resilience Centre is a non-profit organisation which exists to support and help protect Scottish businesses, especially SMEs which often don’t have the resources to defend themselves from threats in the same way larger corporations do.


Its unique connection to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Government gives SBRC exclusive access to the latest information to advise businesses on how to interact safely.

Alice Hope is a member of the expert PR team at Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

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