Carol Service – Tower of London - 7 December 2018

The Company was very fortunate to be able to hold its annual Carol Service in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in The Tower of London. We are grateful to The Constable of the Tower and Honorary Liveryman General the Lord Houghton GCB CBE DL and our Honorary Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE, Chaplain to the Tower of London for allowing this.


The congregation, which numbered over 170 and included the Master, the Immediate Past Master, all three Wardens, WCoSP Member Debra Whittingham, Deputy Governor at HM Tower of London, Past Masters, Liverymen, Freemen, Members, Apprentices and their families, children, grandchildren and friends, gathered together in this historic Chapel Royal for a perfect Carol Service at which Canon Hall officiated.


The Choir conducted by Master of Music Colm Carey BMus, gave superb renditions of “Torches’’ (John Joubert), “Angelus ad virginem” (Arr Willocks), “In the bleak mi-winter” (Darke) and “Star Carol” (Rutter). The congregation joined in singing traditional carols including, Once in Royal David’s City, Good King Wenceslas, O little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.


Lessons were read by the Honorary Chaplain, the Clerk, Court Assistant Paul Miller, Liveryman Steve Marshall, Young Member and Freeman Jade Davies and Apprentice Charlie Morton. The Master read “Keeping Christmas” by Henry Van Dyke.


The Carol Service in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London is a Company tradition. As ever, this was a magnificent and enjoyable family occasion and a fitting start to the Festive Season. We thank all involved in making it happen and in particular our Honorary Chaplain, the Master of Music, the Choir, the Organist and our Beadle and Clerk.


Brian Hughes
Past Master Emeritus
December 2018

Apprentices Kiyomi Ran and Toni Brunton-Douglas in Oxford

Toni and I both graduated from King’s College London this summer with BA in International Relations at the Department of War Studies. Both of us joined as Apprentices through the associated scheme between the Department and the Company. Currently, we are both pursuing different degrees at Oxford. Toni is reading for an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oriel College. I am pursuing an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Green Templeton College.


Toni and I have been meeting up several times to catch up with one another. We are both enjoying everything Oxford has to offer. Albeit different from London, we have both settled in, and are just about to finish our first term (called the Michaelmas Term – very Oxford indeed). These eight weeks could not have gone by faster. I have just begun to deconstruct the opportunities that surround me and could not have been happier to have been here. From getting to speak to the Japanese Ambassador (my home country) in the first week to being supervised by leading academics whom I finally get to meet after years of reading their published works, I am still awed by the institution. While sometimes I feel that I have an imposter syndrome, I know that being at Oxford is a step up to my future career path.

We both certainly owe our achievements to our undergraduate institution, King’s College London, and especially to our Department. Therefore, we are very grateful for the opportunity to join the Company. Although we have different interests, they were both in one way or the other shaped by our experiences throughout those three years. I personally wanted to further my learning into something of practical use, and therefore opted for my current degree, in which I am exposed to the intricacies of policy-making in the developed economies. Toni has certainly stuck with the theme of security, pursuing her interests in criminology. And we hope to continue to be part of the Company.

If anyone is ever visiting Oxford, please do get in contact with us. Whether it is to learn more about the academics for anyone thinking of studying here or to experience a formal dinner, we are both very happy to hear from you!


Kiyomi Ran, Apprentice
November 2018

Young Members Festive Drinks – 28th November 2018

On the evening of Wednesday 28th November 2018, the WCOSP Young Members hosted a holiday fête at the Ye Olde Watling pub which included drinks, savory bites and a festive surprise or two. I, Devon Johnson, a second year History and International Relations student at King’s College, University of London, had the privilege of attending the event as a guest. As a student interested in joining the Company as either a member or apprentice, I would like to share with you readers – students or professionals, already existing or new members, and those of you who wish to know more about this revered organization – my thoughts and experiences in a brief account of the event.


 It was hosted in the small, intimate Sir Christopher Wren dining room, which was cozy and filled with a buzzing energy of Company members who flitted about from group to group acquainting and reacquainting themselves with each other. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by Tilly Sherwood, a gracious hostess who offered to introduce me to some of the members, an offer which instantly put me at ease and made me feel most welcome. Over the course of the evening I was introduced and had the pleasure of getting to know security professionals, both aspiring and veterans, who were splendid company and kept lively conversation. I spoke with so many wonderful individuals who were keen to hear about my studies, my future goals, and likewise, it was wonderful to learn more about the industry and gain advice and perspective. Today, it is difficult to find a helping hand, let alone people who freely extend theirs in a sincere and open gesture; there were numerous people who were willing to share their experiences and their work with me, even offering to one day give me a tour and inside look into what they do.


Yet, the most enjoyable part of the evening for me was listening to Ray Williams recite Twas the Night Before Christmas which harkened back to the halcyon days of when I was a child and on every Christmas Eve, my mother would read to my sister and me the very same poem. I do not recall if we had visions of ‘sugar plums’ in our head, most likely hopes of many gifts from Santa, but hearing that poem again certainly made me feel at home during this holiday season despite being a few thousand miles  away  from  home  in  Atlanta,   Georgia. After a bit of reindeer games, we all returned to meeting new people and talking away. The night concluded with a wish of most that we had a bit longer, but alas, the room was only to be ours until 22:00.


I left the party, however, with more than a few new contacts in my cell phone. I often feel that we are so easily wrapped up in the how and the when that we lose sight of the importance of why. Yet, Master Phillip Hagon QPM reminded the members of the core mission of the Company: charity – we are all here to give back to the community. And already, just as a guest, I have been a recipient of such generosity; the openness, hospitality, willingness and eagerness of all members to impart on me wisdom, anecdotes, mentorship and an invitation into such a unique

community has been a rewarding experience for which I extend my gratitude to the Company (and to Hugh Pickering-Carter, for I would not have attended this event without his invitation!). And even the money from the tickets to attend the holiday party was contributing to the mission of charity which is what the ‘season of giving’ is all about. The best way to understand what the Company does is to attend the events and meet the people who are what make the Company so special. It would be an honor to one day become a member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals; but I can say without a doubt that the truest honor is having the privilege of knowing such a kind-hearted and magnificent group of people, whilst in the process giving back to the city of London, my new home.

Devon Johnson
Guest of the WCoSP

Master’s Report - November 2018

By the time of our next Court meeting and subsequent Common Hall I will have completed 24 weeks of my year as Master. As everyone knows, the sad and sudden death of Middle Warden (Elect) Sue Seaby on 5 August was a terrible shock and not something I had counted on addressing. Nevertheless, I believe that the support we gave her husband Mike and the family was comforting for them and the turnout of WCoSP members at the funeral an illustration of how many friends she had. I am deeply grateful to Yasmeen Stratton for stepping into the very large shoes of Sue and becoming, by unanimous vote, our new Middle Warden. It is appropriate that during the 2020-2021 year when Sue would have been our Master, we will have another woman in that post. I wish Yasmeen every success.

People outside the Livery are forever asking me, “What actually is the Livery?”. They mistakenly think it is akin to the Masons, or perhaps the Rotary Club! I tend to explain in this way; imagine you are standing at Canary Wharf with the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs and hundreds of other people at 7.00 am one morning. You are waving off some 200 children who have cancer or other life- threatening illnesses. Some are terminally ill. They are on the way to a weekend in Disneyland Paris, accompanied by their families in some 120 Hackney Carriages, all paid for by Livery Companies, including the WCoSP, which pays for three cabs at a cost of some £1400 each. It is an emotional experience and, to me, epitomises the huge amount of charitable work we do in the Livery amounting to more than £50-70 million per year.


In short, the Livery, leaving aside that it represents 800 years of City tradition and protection, leaving aside that it is a place of fellowship and friendship, is a great force for good.

Our Company, over its nineteen years of existence, has done astonishingly well. Who could have predicted that in such a short period we have a membership that makes us the fifth largest of all 110 Livery Companies? That we would have a flourishing Young Members Group numbering around 80 and 30 Apprentices? That we have raised so much money for charity – including our very own Security Benevolent Fund – in only nineteen years? That we give away to charity around £50000 a year? Of course, some Livery Companies give millions rather than tens of thousands, but they have the benefit of 800 years of existence!


Our Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery is a continuing source of pride and I took great pleasure in revealing yet another immensely worthy recipient for the latter at our Annual Dinner which took place in October at the Mansion House.

Sheriffs Vincent Keaveny and Liz Green awarded the 2018 trophy, a cheque for £2500 and certificate to Mr David Burgess and his name will now be etched onto the SAFB panel outside the judges dining room at the Old Bailey.


We can also take pleasure in the continuing success of our Whittington Course, which offers young people from an area of disadvantage, a ‘window on the world of job opportunities’ provided by the City. This summer we have undertaken a review of the course, and a paper detailing recommendations for further improvements was tabled at our Court meeting on 22 November.

I have already mentioned our Young Members Group; it is now growing in both numbers and confidence and on 27 September organised a ‘Trivia Night at the RAF’ in the excellent surroundings of the RAF Club. The event was in conjunction with young members of the Security Institute and was a resounding success. The new chair of the Young Members Group, Jade Davies, together with her committee, is making good progress and I am confident that they will merit full committee status in 2019. We now conduct a quarterly review of that progress to give support and advice.

The ‘Tell the Master’ scheme is now on the home page of the WCoSP website to make it even easier to suggest new ideas for us to examine and consider. So, if you do have ideas to suggest please do not keep them to yourselves!

Recently, the chair of our Services Committee, Richard King, obtained the agreement of Sir Mark Sedwill KCMG, the Government National Security Advisor, to be the speaker at our 2019 Annual Lecture. Sir Mark was then confirmed as the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, whilst still retaining his Security Advisor role. If his duties do allow him to deliver our lecture, then this will be a sound achievement for the Company.

Our Continuity Group, consisting of Master, Wardens, IPM, Treasurer and Clerk is working well. This was an idea ‘borrowed’ from the last Lord Mayor and Sheriffs and seeks to ensure that the broad strategy of one year is one agreed by all and thus likely to continue.

We have a very good relationship with our six military affiliates – the clothing of Brigadier David Neal, Army Provost Marshal as a Liveryman at the Mansion House dinner is perhaps a good example – but in the spirit of my objective of fostering ‘fellowship’ - I do wish to forge even closer links with both the Metropolitan Police (MPS) and the City of London Police (CoLP). To that end, we now have the agreement with the MPS that their ‘Cadet of the Year’ is appointed as an Apprentice within the WCoSP each year, agreement from Commissioner Cressida Dick that she will continue with our annual Met Commissioner’s Dinner and are developing closer links with the MPS Business Crime Centre. Recently, YM Claire Palmer and I visited the CoLP Headquarters at the Guildhall and briefed Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland and his staff on the work of the Company. They were enthusiastic about developing closer links with the Company and have appointed DCS Dave Clark as a senior ‘Single Point of Contact’ for us. On 21 January 2019 we will hold the inaugural meeting of the WCoSP/CoLP Development Group to create and implement ideas of mutual benefit.

As I say, there is much to be proud of but there are significant challenges. It may not be widely known, but a great deal of income to the Company is passed straight to our Charitable Trust so we must work very hard to ensure that the remainder is sufficient to cover our costs running the Company and, ideally, leaves a surplus that we can donate to the Trust.

However, a combination of falling receipts from sponsors (and a significant bad debt from one of them), together with higher costs for events, greater administration costs and the financial effect of having a significant proportion of members paying reduced fees has meant that whilst there was a small trading surplus, the Company suffered a deficit rather than a surplus in the last financial year. Of course, this situation must be addressed and over the summer the Chairs of the relevant committees have been working with me to make recommendations to Court that, hopefully, will rectify the position over time.

Increasing our membership is a key element of this work and, as you know, I have asked every member of the Company to actively consider whether any of their friends or professional colleagues or contacts would benefit from joining us and, if so, bring the WCoSP to their notice and encourage them to join. Tricia, our Clerk, will then send out all the necessary documents to them when asked. I thank Company members who have already responded to this challenge!

During these past few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending several most enjoyable events and here are some of them:

·         Young Members and Security Institute ‘Trivia Night at the RAF’, RAF Club

·         WC of Hackney Carriage Drivers ‘Big Breakfast’ Disney, Paris send off

·         Election of City of London Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin

·         WC of Stationers Lunch, Stationers’ Hall

·         WC of Bakers Annual Dinner, Bakers’ Hall

·         Musicians Company Annual Evensong, St Paul’s

·         WC of Security Professionals Annual Dinner, Mansion House

·         WC of Tobacco Pipe Makers Annual Banquet, Drapers’ Hall

·         Anniversary Reception of MPS Business Crime Centre, New Scotland Yard

·         WC of Hackney Carriage Drivers 25th Anniversary of Magical Disney Tour Dinner, Mansion House

·         Spitfires 2018 Annual Presidents Reception, Painters’ Hall

·         Lord Mayor’s Show

·         Armistice Day Commemoration

·         Lord Mayor’s Address to Masters and Clerks, Mansion House

·         Security and Fire Excellence Awards Annual Dinner, Park Lane Hilton

·         WC of Saddlers Annual Dinner, Saddlers’ Hall

To be frank, I was not really looking forward to walking in the Lord Mayor’s Show as, historically, it has had some atrocious weather. This year, however, the sun shone and Senior Warden Mike Barley, Tricia and I had a wonderful time walking through the thousands of people lining the route in the Modern Companies section of the parade. Junior Warden Steve Emmins and three of our apprentices were also able to attend this year at the invitation of our great military affiliate, 3MI. What a difference the weather makes!


Finally, on 21 November I attended the Security and Fire Excellence Awards and was delighted to see that Freeman and Young Member Tim Molden and his team at the Savoy Hotel won the In-House Security Managers award against some very strong candidates. Well done Tim! I think it very important to celebrate success so please do not forget to tell me if you hear of any WCoSP member who has similar great news.

Phillip Hagon QPM Master

Apprentices Granted the Company Freedom

  Freemen Kenny Mosuro and Nick Taylor

Freemen Kenny Mosuro and Nick Taylor

Apprentices Kenny Mosuro, and Nick Taylor, having successfully completed their 4-year apprenticeship, were granted the Freedom of the Company in a ceremony at Common Hall on 22 November 2018. Kenny is a former student of The Business Academy, Bexley and Nick is a former student of Reed’s School, Cobham. Present during the ceremony were Kenny’s ‘surrogate’ Apprentice Master, Honorary Court Assistant Roy Penrose who stood in for Freeman Nigel Horsfall when illness prevented his continuance, his twin brother and mother and Nick’s Apprentice Master Court Assistant Jon Laws.  We look forward to their continued involvement with the Company as part of the growing Young Members’ Group.

Newly Inroled Apprentices

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Photo from l to r: Nicolas Markantonis, Nabil Laasid Mohamed, Morgan Males, Owen Gosling, Alex Lee & Kate Naylor

The Company welcomed the 2018 intake of Apprentices who were inroled before the Court of Assistants in a ceremony at Common Hall on 22 November 2018. Each will be mentored by a senior member of the Company as their Apprentice Master during their 4-year Apprenticeship.  Nicolas Markantonis from King’s College London - Apprentice Master Court Assistant Russell Penny, Nabil Laasid Mohamed the Metropolitan Police’s Cadet of the Year – Apprentice Master The Master Phill Hagon, Morgan Males from Reed’s School, Cobham – Apprentice Master Court Assistant Michael Thwaites, Owen Gosling from the Essex Wing Air Cadets – Apprentice Master Court Assistant Andy Williams, Alex Lee from the Harris Garrard Academy, Thamesmead – Apprentice Master Liveryman Steve Marshall, and Kate Naylor from King’s College London – Apprentice Master Court Assistant Shaun Southern.  They join the Company’s successful Apprentice Scheme in which there are currently 30 active apprentices.

Careers in Security – Thursday 18th October 2018 - King’s College London

On Thursday 18th October, approximately 120 students of King’s College London gathered in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the Strand campus for the Discover Careers in Security Panel, organised by the Chairman of the Young Members Group Jade Davies and Committee Member Hugh Pickering- Carter.

Jade opened the evening by giving a speech about The Company. She explained who we are, what we do and how young people can become involved.

Committee Member Tilly Sherwood spoke about the Apprenticeship scheme, the benefits she had seen from her involvement in the Company and how the students could become involved.

Over the course of the evening, six fantastic speakers introduced themselves to the students and spoke about their careers in security. They then fielded some excellent questions and provided the opportunity to the students to network and make some invaluable contacts.


Our first speaker was Henry Severs, who is currently a Counter Extremism Practice Manager at Aktis Strategy. He gave the students an insight into his career path and advocated the helpfulness of the internships he did during his university career. Having worked for both the British Government and the United Nations, Henry was in a good position to speak to the students about their overall career goals and championed an organic approach to building a career.

The next speaker was Freeman James Butler, who is currently a Managing Director of Security Management Resources. James spoke to the assembled students about how he left school at 16 and began working to build up his career from there. He spoke about the basics of routes to market and networking, mentioning that the best way he had found to build his contacts was by approaching people and asking to buy them a coffee – with the goal of thoroughly picking their brains!

Our third speaker was Annabel Jamieson, a Security Associate iDefense at Accenture. She explained that during her postgraduate degree at King’s College London, she had worked a full-time job which had helped her to achieve more in her career to date. Annabel advised the students to push their boundaries and never be afraid to take a leap into the unknown in their careers, as she has no background in the Cyber Intelligence world and is not a technically-minded person naturally, but that she made a success of her current role by learning on the job.

Vicki Vidler, Cyber Security Strategy Lead at the Bank of England was our fourth speaker. She too advised students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and to try new things. She explained that she had had a varied career to date, working for the police and in the public. The main point she made was that the students need to make sure they are continuously building their networks and utilising tools such as LinkedIn.

Our penultimate speaker was Jason Rosser, the Regional Head of Risk and Governance at Colt Technology. Having spent over thirty years as a Special Branch Detective in the Metropolitan Police and, later in his career, working extensively during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Jason was able to share invaluable experience with the students. He advised them to never be afraid to approach people and ask questions – he said it was important not to be bound by the “old-school” attitude and to question this at every moment.

Finally, Freeman Edward Foale took the floor. Edward is an Assistant Director at the Cabinet Office and works to provide a security perspective on Government Policy. Edward gave an interesting perspective as a Senior Civil Servant and advised the students to be careful about having singular goals in their careers. He said that if you’re interested in working for the Public Sector, it’s useful to get your foot in the door, and take a job which might not be your ideal to begin with. He said it’s a good idea to work your way upwards and across the Public Sector once you have an “in”. Edward also spoke about his experience as a Metropolitan Police Special Sergeant – a voluntary role he takes on in his spare time. He said that this volunteering had given him many good transferable skills which make him look attractive to potential employers.

The floor opened for questions and the students were given the opportunity to engage with the speakers personally.

Lots of students were curious about membership to The Company, some of whom will be attending some of the Company’s events in the upcoming months under the guidance of the Young Members Committee. The University showed a keen interest in a follow-up event in early 2019, with many of our speakers keen to return to give more practical advice and knowledge to the students.

Tilly Sherwood
Young Members Committee

Annual Dinner 2018

By kind permission of the The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals were able to hold their Annual Dinner in the Egyptian Hall at Mansion House on the 11 October 2018. It was the first time in five years that the Company has used the Mansion House for a function and all the Members and guests were clearly pleased to be back.

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The Mansion House is one of the most prestigious venues in the City of London and this year’s dinner lived up to the venue’s reputation. Guests were greeted on arrival by the Master Mr Phillip Hagon QPM, Mrs Maggie Hagon and the Senior Warden Mr Michael Barley.


The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2018 Sheriffs’ Award. This annual award instituted in 2006, by the Company, is a national award for bravery, celebrating heroes who have contributed to safeguarding our "people, property or our liberty." Attracting many notable nominations each year the choice of the award winner is always a difficult task for the judging panel, which includes the two current Sheriffs of the City of London and the two Sheriffs (Elect).

In front of some 200 Members and guests the 2018 Sheriffs’ Award was presented by the two Sheriffs Alderman Vincent Keaveny and The Hon Elizabeth Green, to Mr David Burgess who selflessly intervened in an assault where a man was being attacked and stabbed and ultimately saved his life.


As the Master noted ‘The award to David Burgess is yet another example of selfless bravery that restores faith in the goodness of people. It is a most prestigious award and David received from the Company a substantial cheque, the Sheriffs’ Award Trophy and certificate, all presented by the Sheriffs, and subsequently his name will be engraved on a board situated in the Central Criminal Court. David was a most worthy recipient’

The Annual Dinner also saw the award of The RMP Provost Marshal (Army) Sword, which is presented annually at the Annual Dinner to the individual who, in the eyes of the Master, has done most to promote and support the work of the Company. For 2018 the winner was Past Master Emeritus, Grp Cpt Brian Hughes who was presented with the Sword by Brigadier David Neal, Provost Marshal (Army).


The Annual Dinner is one of the core Company fundraising events and the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr Jeremy Batchelor JP was keen to express his and the Charitable Trusts thanks for the continued support and generosity of the Members and their fundraising efforts.

As the Master noted in his speech “The Charitable Trust now makes donations of over £50,000 a year to a huge variety of causes and through its Security Benevolent Fund is very active in helping individuals from the world of Security who have fallen on hard times.”

The Master also recorded his thanks to Liveryman Paul Miller CySP, CEO of National Monitoring, the generous sponsors of the evening and presented him with a certificate of thanks. Our sponsors are crucial in helping fund our charitable endeavours.

One of Phill Hagon’s objectives for his year as Master is to grow the membership of the Company by promoting the great work being carried out through initiatives such as the Sheriffs’ Award, The Whittington Course, our burgeoning Young Members Group and Apprentice Scheme and the Chartered Security Professional (CySP) qualification that is operated under the Company’s Royal Charter.

The Security Professionals are now reported to be the fifth largest, by membership, of the 110 London Livery Companies, which reflects its popularity within the security Industry. This is quite an achievement for an organisation that is not quite 20 years old and reflects a desire to attract members from all parts of the wider world of security and at every level. The Company is just as keen to welcome new apprentices as they are CEO’s of the UK’s major security companies.

By hosting excellent events such as the Annual Dinner at Mansion House there is no doubt that the company will continue to prosper and to continue to be successful in the future.

All images copyright of Gerald Sharp Photography

Young Members’ Group Trivia Night at the RAF Club

The Young Member Groups of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) and the Security Institute (SI) jointly hosted the first event of the season, a trivia night, held on Thursday, 27 September at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.The Young Member Groups of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) and the Security Institute (SI) jointly hosted the first event of the season, a trivia night, held on Thursday, 27 September at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.

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Thanks to the Immediate Past Master of the WCoSP, Air Commodore Stephen Anderton, around 60 of us affiliated with the two organizations gathered inside an astonishing venue to participate in a heated competition for some fantastic prizes, such as an Afternoon Tea for two at the iconic Savoy Hotel.

I personally had the pleasure of bringing along some of my friends who I knew loved to participate in pub quizzes. The venue, of course, was different from the kind of trivia nights they were used to, but I know that they were extremely elated to participate in the event.

Most of them had very little recognition of either the WCoSP or the SI, but upon listening to several distinguished speakers (WCoSP Master Phillip Hagon QPM, WCoSP IPM Stephen Anderton, Carl Dakin QGM MSc MSyI, Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI, Paul Barnard MSt (Cantab), MSyl and Brigadier David Neal Provost Marshal (Army)) who then proceeded to entertain and puzzle us with their subsequent trivia questions, they became more curious about the security industry. It is thanks to these events and the increasing diversity of the industry that can keep attracting young people like us to be part of the professional network, and I believe that the Young Members’ Group of the WCoSP did extremely well in coordinating this event.

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To be frank, my team probably had the worst results, though we are not certain about this as the organizers were very wise to not have us share the individual scores; and to be fair, we were certainly the youngest team! Perhaps we were too young – so young that a few of the historical questions had us thrown.  

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None of us knew the name of the biggest navy battle in history between England and France in 1806, but despite the loss, we had so much fun in boggling our brains to answer some obscure questions. If you can think off the top of your head how many combined miles of roads there are within the City of London, including the alleyways and the small rows, then hats off to you. At the end of the night, my friends who have never experienced an event such as this before were already asking when the next trivia night would be. This just demonstrates how much they really enjoyed the event, and I certainly agree with that sentiment. I would therefore, like to personally thank the Young Members’ Group of the Company and especially the new Chairman, Jade Davies, who put an enormous amount of work in making sure that the night went smoothly.

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Next time, I will be sure that my team will be better prepared on knowledge of the City and the security sector!

Written by Apprentice Kiyomi Ran

Dinner with the City of London Police Commissioner - 20th September 2018

We were honoured to have Ian Dyson QPM, Commissioner of Police for the City of London, as our principal guest at JP Morgan in Canary Wharf for a second year. A wonderful view over London was afforded to members and guests from an executive dining room on the 31st floor, where we enjoyed an excellent repast with fine wines and good company.

The guests were welcomed by Master Phill Hagon QPM.

We were privileged to have Sheriff Elect Liz Green, attend our prestigious event and raise a toast to the Company on behalf of the guests.

  Ian Dyson QPM Commissioner City of London Police

Ian Dyson QPM Commissioner
City of London Police

Ian Dyson joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1983 and rose through the ranks, transferring to Surrey Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 1983. He transformed Neighbourhood policing and raised its status in the process. He joined the City of London Police as Commander in 2010 and was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2010. He was appointed as Commissioner and awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2016.

The Commissioner gave an insightful presentation under Chatham House rules of the current challenges facing policing both locally and nationally. He covered where Policing is now, Counter Terrorism, Fraud and Cybercrime and what is happening in the City of London. He responded candidly to some searching questions.

  Master Phillip Hagon QPM Presenting a Certificate of Thanks to Jon Denial, JP Morgan

Master Phillip Hagon QPM Presenting a Certificate of Thanks to Jon Denial, JP Morgan

We are most appreciative of the efforts of Jon Denial and the generosity of JP Morgan for hosting the event and for providing the food and wine, allowing donations made by those attending the function to directly benefit our Charitable Trust.

Russell Penny, Court Assistant
Marketing and Fundraising Committee

WCoSP Apprentice visit to Lloyd’s of London - 6th September 2018

On the afternoon of Thursday, 6 September a party of Apprentices visited Lloyd’s of London, the world’s leading insurance market, which occupies a purpose-built building in the heart of the City of London designed by the architect Richard Rogers that was opened in 1986. It is a leading example of Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise the interior space. In 2011, twenty- five years after completion, the building received a Grade I listing and was the youngest structure ever to obtain this status.

The visit was facilitated by Freeman and former Apprentice Patrick Torrie-Allen who now works in the Lloyd’s building. The party (see photo), pictured in the Adams Room on the top floor of the building, comprised Apprentices (from l to r) Liam Callender, Dan Hadfield, Owen Baldwin-Evans, Sophie Smith, Luke Wheeler, Jenna Reid, Wunmi Adeyemi, Tour Guide Tim Gould, James Fox, Nabil Laasid, Owen Gosling, and Honorary Court Assistant Roy Penrose. The Group was also accompanied by Honorary Court Assistant Andrew Knights (who took the photo).

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This private tour was led by Lloyd’s guide and former Lloyd’s broker Tim Gould which covered the main areas of the building and provided a detailed history of the development of Lloyd’s from its commencement in 1668 in Edward Lloyd’s coffee shop, which became recognised as the place for obtaining marine insurance. through successive moves to its current premises in 1986.

The building consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space. Its core is the large Underwriting Room on the ground floor, which houses the Lutine Bell within the Rostrum. Also on the first floor is the current Loss Book into which significant losses over 300 years have been entered with, and still are, a traditional ink quill. The Underwriting Room (often simply called "the Room") is overlooked by galleries, forming a 60 metre (197 ft) high atrium lit naturally through a huge barrel- vaulted glass roof.

The 11th floor houses the Committee Room (also known as the Adam Room), an 18th- century dining room designed for the 2nd Earl of Shelburne by Robert Adam in 1763; it was transferred piece by piece from the previous (1958) Lloyd's building across the road at 51 Lime Street.

This was a really interesting Apprentice visit that will be worth repeating in the future.


Installation of the new Master - Mr Philip Hagon QPM and Installation Lunch Wednesday, 6 June 2018


The most important day in the Company’s calendar started at 9.30 am with a Court meeting in the Court Room of Drapers’ Hall. Presided over by the Master, Air Cdre Stephen Anderton, the meeting concluded with the Court processing into the Drawing Room where the ceremonies for installing the new Master, Wardens and Court Assistants, and conferring Company Freedoms and clothing new Liverymen were to take place.

Outgoing Master Stephen Anderton Installed Mr Philip Hagon QPM as Master for the ensuing year, who in turn installed Senior Warden Mike Barley and Junior Warden Steve Emmins. This was then followed by the swearing-in of new Court Assistants, granting Company Freedom by Servitude to completing Apprentices, granting Company Freedom to Members and finally clothing new Liverymen.


Freedom by Servitude
(Completing Apprentices)

Gabriel Gordon
Hugh Pickering-Carter
Jordan Smith

New Court Assistants

Paul Miller
Russell Penny
Shaun Southall
Michael Thwaites
Andy Williams

New Freemen

Niall Ahern
Oliver Classey
Robert Atkin
Warren Collins
Rosie Bain
Susan Jones
David Beech
Daniel Kaszeta
Nick Bray
David Knights
Robert Bruce
Troy Thorpe
Chris Clarke
Chris Watson

New Liverymen

Philip Collins
Roberto Gherseni
Simon Giddins
Josef Khan
Peter Mearns
Chris Williamson

At the conclusion of the ceremonies, guests, including Principal guest, Deputy Met Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey QPM, were invited to join the Master and Wardens in a pre-lunch drinks reception.

Having enjoyed the company of fellow guests during the reception, everyone was called into lunch by the Toastmaster, and assembled in the Livery Hall where the new Master, Wardens and principal guests were welcomed to the top table in traditional fashion with the playing of the Company’s Anthem; grace was said by the Hon Chaplain, Revd Canon Roger Hall MBE and luncheon commenced!

The meal was followed by the traditional round of speeches, with toasts by the Master to the Queen, the Royal Family, and the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation; the principal guests were introduced by Snr Warden Mike Barley, who then welcomed them with a toast.


Next in the proceedings was the presentation of the RAF Regiment NCO Leadership Award - The Ben Flenley Memorial Bowl – to Sgt Iain Dickinson by the Master, who then followed this with a toast to the Immediate Past Master, and then gave a thoroughly entertaining speech.

The luncheon was concluded with the presentation of Honorary Freedom to Sir Craig Mackey QPM who, on behalf of the guests, proposed a toast to the company.


As tradition dictates the lunch was followed by refreshments at the Phoenix where members and guests continued to enjoy the day!

We are very grateful to ICTS
for their generous sponsorship of the Installation Lunch

 All images copyright of Gerald Sharp Photography



On Friday 13 July, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, Jordan Smith, 22, was awarded his Freedom of the City of London by Servitude.

Jordan had been an apprentice with the Company for over four years, commencing his apprenticeship in June 2014. He was awarded his apprenticeship through the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and continues to be a part of the organisation, currently serving as an Acting Pilot Officer.

At the recent Masters’ Installation Lunch, Jordan received his Freedom of the Company in his own right. He then went on to be awarded his Freedom of the City of London by the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Courts, Murray Craig.

Steve Emmins, Jordan’s previous Apprentice Master and current Junior Warden, also
attended the ceremony at Guildhall last month.

Jordan is now enjoying his freedom of the Company as he is a Member of the Young Members’
Group, working alongside its chairman, Jade Davies.

Jordan Smith



On Friday 27 July 2018 Chad Tumelty was granted his Freedom of the City of London by Servitude having successfully completed his apprenticeship with the Company. He is pictured receiving his certificate from Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court.

Chad was one of the first two applicants from Kings College London and was inroled on 24 September 2013, alongside his Apprentice Master, Liveryman Carl Palmer. During the latter period of his apprenticeship Chad was mentored by Liveryman Neill Catton during Carl's absence. Chad was granted his Company Freedom at Common Hall on 22 November 2017.



The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (the Company) hosted its annual Military Affiliates Lunch at the RAF Club on Thursday 28 June to recognise its Military Affiliates during Armed Forces Week.

The lunch celebrated the close and much cherished affiliations that the Company has with units of the three Services: HMS Medway, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), the Royal Military Police, 3 Military Intelligence Battalion, the RAF Regiment and the RAF Police.


To mark RAF 100 and the Centenary of the RAF Police, the principal guest and speaker was Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford GCB CBE ADC, who was formerly Chief of the Air Staff. Group Captain Steve Horne, Provost Marshal (RAF) and Honorary Freeman of the Company attended as a guest together Squadron Leader Lee Wales, XO RAF Police and Corporal Mollie Shurmer, the 2018 winner of the RAF Police “Securing the Skies” trophy awarded for her outstanding work at RAF Northolt.


A number of members of the PODC, including Liveryman Air Commodore Andrew Seymour, Group Captain Brian Hughes, Past Master Security Professional, and Wing Commander Allan Hildage also attended the lunch and enjoyed the excellent speeches and the superb hospitality of the RAF Club.

Information about the Company, its Services Committee and Military Affiliations and the Livery Companies of the City of London can be found at

Royal Hospital Chelsea - London Remembers WW1

A Drumhead Service to commemorate the actions of the London Divisions during the final Hundred Days Offensive of the First World War was held at the Royal Hospital on Saturday 1 September 2018.


The Immediate Past Master, Air Commodore Stephen Anderton and his wife Judith, represented the Master and the Company at this splendid service. It was sponsored and organised by the Greater London Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  The military contingents on parade were: The Chelsea Pensioners, The Royal Yeomanry and their Band, Maritime Reserves from HMS PRESIDENT and HMS WILDFIRE, The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish, The London Regiment, 600 (CITY of London) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (The FANYs). The North London Military Wives Choir provided a lovely London Medley of songs.

The invited audience consisted of the Mayors and dignitaries from all the London Boroughs, representatives from the Embassies whose troops fought in that period of WW1, The City of London, led by Alderman Peter Estlin and a large number of Livery Company Masters and Consorts.

After a generous buffet lunch all the guests were invited to watch a WW1 Youth and Community Event across the road from the Hospital at Burton Court. There were: Education Workshops, Military Vehicles, Cadet Continuity Drill and Marching Display, Cadet Force Corps of Drums and a Veteran Voice Choir.

‘Big Curry’ Lunch – 5 July 2018

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On Thursday 5th July approximately seventy Company Members and their guests including our new Master, Phillip Hagon QPM, attended the ‘Big Curry’ lunch in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The event was once again held at the offices of Gratte Brothers Security Management Ltd now for the seventh consecutive year.  A toast was made before the lunch in memory of Gratte’s Chef Barry Lucas who sadly passed away the previous year and who had been instrumental in helping get the Big Curry Lunch off the ground seven years previously. The Indian fare that followed was excellent and well received by all. In addition, the curry was fittingly accompanied by several bottles of Cobra beer that had been kindly donated by DVS Ltd. We are also extremely grateful to all at Gratte Brothers for their continued support in hosting and sponsoring this annual event.  It was clear to see from the number of empty plates that the lunch had once again been a great success especially considering that we also raised approximately £1200 for ABF The Soldiers Charity.


Apprentice Kiyomi Ran graduates from King's College London

Graduation from King’s College London
By Apprentice Kiyomi Ran

On July 27th, I graduated from King’s College London with a First-Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, as well as an Associateship of King’s College London. The ceremony was held at the Barbican Centre on a hot, sweltering day in the middle of the UK heatwave, not far from the Salters’ Hall where I had been enrolled what now feels like a lifetime ago in November of 2016. Despite the heat, I was fortunate to have had several important people in my life attending the ceremony, including foremost my family, friends, and my Apprentice Master Ray Williams.

 Pictured above: Anthony (Kiyomi’s father), Apprentice Kiyomi Ran, and Apprentice Master Ray Williams at the Barbican Centre

Pictured above: Anthony (Kiyomi’s father), Apprentice Kiyomi Ran, and Apprentice Master Ray Williams at the Barbican Centre

Those who know me at the Company know that I am somewhat an outlier. I have mentioned several times that I feel privileged to be part of an established tradition at the City of London as someone who is neither from the country or the continent for that matter. If it were not for this very university and the very department I decided to attend on a mere chance, I know for sure that I would have probably never even known about the traditions of the City and the importance they play in the very place I now consider home. Without sounding too melancholic, I never intended to study in this country when I was applying to universities since having attended one of the most selective high schools in the United States, the expectation was always there for me to attend a top American university. I had only applied to one school abroad – King’s College London – and it turned out to be the one I found to be the best fit for me at the end of that year, and I sure was not wrong about that.

Being at King’s and the Department of War Studies, I was given a world-class education on politics, security, and international affairs, as well as other opportunities to pursue my interest in the field. From interning at the Embassy of Pakistan in Japan to working as a journalist in Tokyo over the years, my academic pursuits have complemented my professional activities. And one of those superb opportunities was the Apprenticeship with the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. I still remember the first time I even heard about the Company – when an email sent by the Careers Office to everyone in my year caught my eye on an event taking place to explain the Apprenticeship, and not knowing about what it was, I decided to attend the information session in the middle of my exams sometime in May at the end of my first year. Little did I know, the person who was explaining about the scheme would later become my mentor, my ally, and my Apprentice Master, Ray Williams.

Once I was enrolled that November, I was immediately enthralled by the many unorthodox experiences, especially as someone who was completely unaware of the history. From visiting the Old Bailey to presenting at an ASIS conference, I am more than grateful for the opportunities I would not have otherwise had. Along the way, I have also made lifelong friends amongst the other Apprentices, who have been supportive of me throughout the years. Next year, I will be studying for an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, to better understand the policies that shape our understanding of the society in hopes that I can contribute to the public sector upon graduation. These experiences at the Company certainly prompted my wanting to take my academic interest to a next level, moving on from a degree in International Relations, which was more theoretical, to something more practical.

Graduation is certainly a time to reflect – to thank those around me who have helped me along the way, to be proud of my achievements, and even to grasp the gravity of the decision that changed my life, which in my case was to move to this country to study at this institution and join the Company to learn more about the city.

Perhaps then, it was only proper that I graduated officially in a building next to where I was enrolled. Again, thank you to my family, my friends, my fellow Apprentices, the members of the Company, and my Apprentice Master Ray Williams.

2018 Kings College London Academic Prize

Each year our Charitable Trust awards a prize to a student attending the MA Course in Terrorism, Security and Society at the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London.  The winner of the 2018 prize was James Monroe who won the prize with his essay: "Religiously motivated terrorists are more dangerous than politically motivated terrorists. Discuss." James received the prize from the Master, Phillip Hagon QPM at the Installation Lunch on 6 June in Drapers' Hall.

To read the essay please click Religiously motivated terrorists are more dangerous than politically motivated terrorists Discuss.