CREST International Elections

CREST is committed to providing its members with the ability to shape and influence all of its strategic initiatives.  As a result, we are delighted to announce that we will be holding a series of elections to our local and regional councils on the 1st and 2nd of December 2021.

CREST has had significant traction internationally, and we are shaping the cyber security market  to provide value to all of our members.  The structure that was formed in 2006 has served us well, however to allow us to engage more effectively with our membership it is necessary to re-organise and conduct a series of democratic elections.  We have been working with an international steering committee since 2020 to get feedback on how the organisation needs to evolve.  As a consequence, we plan to hold regional elections for our South East Asian Council, Australian Council and our North American Council.  In parallel, we plan to form a new Council focused on the European Union and we hope to run elections for this Council over the same timeline.  CREST GB already has a democratically elected Council and there will not be another election for this Council until June 2022.

The new structure will be based around country and regional councils each comprising elected representatives.  These bodies will feed into a single International Council which includes representation from each region.  There will be no need to run explicit elections for the International Council as it will be formed from a series of elected representatives taken from local and regional Councils.

Rowland Johnson, CREST’s President commented “this is a historic moment for CREST that will amplify our members voices and provide greater opportunity to influence the global cyber security market”  He went on to say “I want to thank all of the CREST stakeholders whohave helped to get us to where we are today.  Together our unified approach allows us to shape and stimulate legislation and government policy.  Through our accreditation and certification schemes we continue to improve the capabilities of the industries we serve.”

We will be arranging member company briefing sessions across four time zones prior to the elections to provide you with the information needed in advance. Please contact us on the email below so we can gauge the level of interest in each time zone.

Each region will have a designated ballot and a meeting at which to vote in member company representatives, each held at specific times for that region.

Further information on the election criteria and process will be sent to eligible members in each region in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in attending one of the planned briefing sessions please email [email protected] with an indication of your preferred time zone.