Young Members’ Committee Games Night - Thursday 23rd May 2019

The Young Members’ Group (YMG) came together on the evening of Thursday 23rd May 2019 for the first of what will become an annual event: the ‘YMG Games Night’. Held at the Alphabeta Building in the City and kindly hosted by CIS Security and Huckletree, it was a nice scene to witness as senior and junior members of the Company came together in relaxed surroundings to socialise and get to know one another. The YMG Committee was pleased to welcome some familiar faces in the form of the Immediate Past Master, Stephen Anderton, the Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Paul Ramsay, and the Master- elect of the Company, Michael Barley and his wife, Jayne. Among the young members were a variety of people, all at different stages in their lives, ranging from university students to those working in both the public and private sectors.


On arrival, there was a short introductory speech to welcome the attendees and explain a little about the Company’s history, as well its plans for the future as it moves into the new Master’s term: essentially an opportunity to identify where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re heading as an established and well respected City Livery Company. This was followed by those that already knew one another catching up over a drink and nibbles, but also by the entire group going out of their way to meet and greet some new faces.


It was from this point that the fun and games started in the form of multiple challenges, including a match to see which team could tie the most knots in a piece of string in a minute, the challenge manifesting when the teams then had to swap strings and battle to be the first to untie everything! Other challenges included the building of a tower with straws and blue tack (it wouldn’t be the same without this now, would it), charades and a paper-based game of trying to identify the correct film off a series of drawings – we do have some artists among our ranks!

All in all, the evening went down very well and certainly stirred plenty of smiles and laughs along the way. It’s always a case of trial and error with events of this kind and, as a committee, we are pleased to report that this was a success and something we would certainly like to repeat in future.


Special thanks are required to our Chairman, Jade Davies, and YMG Deputy Chairman, Tilly Sherwood, for their organisation of this event – it wouldn’t have happened without their input. We would also like to thank all those that turned out for the evening, both senior and junior members, and hope to see you all in the very near future for our next event in September 2019 at the RAF Club, London.

Hugh Pickering-Carter
Freeman, Young Members’ Committee

Apprentice Tour of The Tower of London - April 2019

On April 3, 2019, a group of apprentices were given a tour of The Tower of London.

The Tower of London has long been a highly anticipated apprentice visit. The doors of Her Royal Majesty’s Palace and Fortress were open to us. A private tour such as ours, is not usually the prerogative of the general public. This amazing opportunity was generously arranged by Deputy Governor Debbie Whittingham who is the Head of Operations and Security at the Tower and is also a Member of the Company.

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We were kindly guided by one of only 37 Yeoman Warders, YW Watts, whom charmed us with his wittiness and extraordinary insight into the traditions and history of the Tower.

The visit was organised for the Apprentice Group by Andrew Knights. The party {see picture} pictured during the tour consisted of Andrew Knights and Apprentices Owen Baldwin-Evans, Faith Fetuga,  Wunmi Adeyemi,  Liam Callender, James Fox, Charlie Morton, Luke Wheeler, Toni Brunton-Douglas, and  Middle Warden and Apprentice Management Group Member Yasmeen Stratton.

From admiring the crown jewels to strolling across drawbridges, exploring the White Tower to spotting the mark of Ann Boleyn’s burial place, from visiting the St John’s Chapel to marvelling at the intricate details of the architectural work, the tour was positively wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. Safe to say we all went home with our heads intact.

Faith Fetuga

2019 Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery Launch Event

Thursday, 21 February 2019 - The Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) 

The fourteenth annual launch of the Sheriffs' Award for Bravery was hosted at the Old Bailey on 21 February 2019 by Phillip Hagon QPM, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, in the presence of Alderman and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny and Sheriff Liz Green and her consort Peter Green.

Other distinguished attendees included HH Judge Nicholas Hillard QC, Recorder of London; MPS Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House QPM; City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM; CIO of the London Ambulance Service, Ross Fullerton; Commandant General, RAF Regiment, Air Commodore Frank Clifford; Air Commodore Steven Horne, Provost Marshal RAF Police; Darryl Keen, Director of Community Protection & Chief Fire Officer of Hertfordshire CC; Chief Constable Sara Thornton CBE QPM, Head of the National Police Chiefs Council; Brigadier David Neal Provost Marshal (Army); and Dave Humphries interim CEO of the Security Industry Authority.


The Master opened proceedings and described how the Award had originated. In the wake of the shocking terrorist outrages of 7 July 2005 when 52 people were murdered and many more injured, Past Masters and Founders Steve Neville and Peter French felt that many acts of bravery had gone unrecognised, and with the approval of the then Lord Mayor (Elect), Sir David Brewer, the Award was launched. Every year since then, nominations have been sought from the military, emergency services, the security industry and law enforcement agencies, and the Master described this well practised procedure. He went on to introduce the recipient of the 2018 Award, Mr David Burgess, and read out a synopsis of his citation; David received well deserved applause for his considerable bravery in saving a member of the public from a brutal stabbing attack. As a rather nice conclusion, and as a result of his experience, David has applied to be a police constable in the Metropolitan Police and will start his training shortly.

(l to r)  Mr David Burgess, recipient 2018 Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery; Alderman & Sheriff Vincent Keaveny; Ian Dyson QPM, Commissioner, City of London Police; Sheriff, the Hon Elizabeth Green; and the Master, Mr Phillip Hagon QPM

(l to r) Mr David Burgess, recipient 2018 Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery; Alderman & Sheriff Vincent Keaveny; Ian Dyson QPM, Commissioner, City of London Police; Sheriff, the Hon Elizabeth Green; and the Master, Mr Phillip Hagon QPM

Each year the name of the recipient is inscribed on a Board of Honour, and a copy of the citation is recorded in a Book of Honour, both of which are on permanent display within the Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey. Both Sheriffs were very proud to show the guests the Honours Board and book and to tell them what it meant to them to be involved in the review of nominations, all of which demonstrated the amazing selflessness of those nominated, and the honour of putting their names to the Award.

This award is open to nominations from the general public, the business community, emergency and blue-light services, and the armed forces.

To submit a nomination for the 2019 Sheriffs’ Award please complete the form following the link below and return the completed form by 1 August 2019 either by surface mail, or email to The Clerk at

Please contact the Clerk on 01787 282777 for further information.

About The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company is a membership and charitable organisation providing support to the wider education community and welfare services to the security sector.

Membership of the Company is drawn from all security organisations within the UK, including leading security professionals from the industrial and retail sectors, serving and retired members of the police and armed services, security consultants, academics, heads of security for corporate businesses, investigators and electronic surveillance companies.

Spring Dance - Saturday 2 March 2019 - Rembrandt Hotel, Knightsbridge

160 people had a ‘wow of a time’ at the 17th Annual Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Spring Dance at the Rembrandt Hotel, raising over £30,000.

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Our fundraising is for good causes such as the Hackney Carriage Drivers Magical Disney Tour for seriously ill Children. Kelly Gavin, mum of a child that had been on a trip to Disney in Paris, explained how her young son had held the memory of meeting his favourite Disney characters, taking part in the Disney parade, and how special this first trip abroad was for him. Kelly received a standing ovation for her first public speech, and there was not a dry eye in the house.

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During dinner, singer Ire J led the music with his smooth delivery of soul classics. Later in the evening, the Tina Turner tribute act had the audience up and dancing, with the male volunteers who formed the ‘Tina Dancers’ moving with surprising agility and a great hit!

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Another charity to benefit was the Security Benevolent Fund.

This was set up by the Worshipful Company to offer help for those who have been employed in the security sector but need a helping hand. Some have become carers whilst holding down a full- time job. Some recipients have needed short term financial help so they can continue working, or access to mobility assistance. The SBF and Trustees deal with many personal issues and increasingly those who are suffering from mental health issues.

Our thanks to Hikvision who sponsored the Spring Dance. Companies and individuals who generously donated auction items include Baroness Henig, Wilson James, AV Group, Open View, 3 MI Battalion, Clifford Chance, Gratte Brothers, HMS Medway, Reliance Group Holdings, Raj Kapoor, Google, Roger Foord, RAF Regiment, Risk Panel, Jon Harvey, SSR Personnel, Pertemps Group, Tyco Security Products.

As in previous years, the team effort and member support was outstanding and we appreciate thanks received from the Master and many others.

The company thanks everyone who bought a seat, who brought a guest, bought a raffle ticket, bid in the auction – all of you who donated. Without YOUR support, we could not deliver such a successful evening.


Past  Master
Peter French MBE

Master’s Report February 2019

The Christmas and New Year festivities now seem a distant memory - the year seems to be racing by – but I hope you had a pleasant and relaxing time with your loved ones over that period. Those that may be contemplating becoming Master may like to note that it is rather difficult to fit in a holiday of any length during your year but it is possible to fit in short breaks of a few days and that is what Maggie and I have done, a few days in Malaga, a few days in Bournemouth with our daughters Claire-Louise and Sarah-Jayne, who came home from Australia to be with us over Christmas, and a four day cruise to Hamburg on the Queen Victoria. By the time of the Court meeting on 21 February Maggie and I will have clocked up 37 weeks of our year as Master and Consort so, as I say, the time is speeding but in a most enjoyable way.

One recent event went exceptionally well and that was our Ladies Lunch last month. Attended by 51 women and one forlorn man (me) we assembled in the magnificent Drapers’ Hall and enjoyed a tour of the main rooms which was conducted by Drapers’ archivist, Penny Fussell. At the following reception I was allowed to say a few words before being banished from the rest of the proceedings. Maggie then gave the very first speech of her life, which was very well received and presented a Sponsor’s Certificate to Jennifer Dickens from Estee Lauder, who very generously not only sponsored the event but provided a Jo Malone candle to every participant. Many thanks to Court Assistant Michael Thwaites for organising the sponsorship.

After a typically superb Drapers luncheon the principal guest, former Sheriff Fiona Adler gave an amusing speech. Amanda Keaveny, Consort to the current Aldermanic Sheriff Vincent Keaveny was the second principle guest. In keeping with our theme of professional security, the ladies left the lunch with a WCoSP gift of a handbag hanger, designed to reduce the risk of thieves stealing handbags that have left under tables in bars and restaurants.

I can report some sound progress since my last report to you in November last year. You may recall that I stated that a combination of factors presented the Company with a rather challenging financial situation. Falling receipts from sponsors and higher costs for events and administration was reducing our ability to fund the good work of the Charitable Trust to the extent that we would desire. However, good work by the chairs of the respective committees has improved the situation and with the recruiting of new members on target, and sponsorship from our generous supporters in place, I am rather confident that we will generate a reasonable surplus this year. It would be most helpful if you maintain your efforts to recruit new members and sponsors.

Two further things to note on this subject. We are shortly to launch thorough review of the WCoSP Financial Strategy to carry out a ‘root and branch’ examination of how we currently operate and make recommendations to the Court on suggested improvements. This will not be a short piece of work, and thus, I will be working with Senior Warden Mike Barley and others over a period that will likely cover both the remainder of my year and part of his.

Secondly, our Honorary Treasurer Ian Miller has decided to step down from the role. He is an extraordinarily busy man and I both understand the reasons for him making this decision and thank him for his sterling work as Treasurer. As you may have seen, we have sought volunteers from Company members, and interviews are set to take place very soon.

Whilst on the subject of sterling, work it would be remiss of me if I failed to highlight the fantastic contribution of Honorary Court Assistant Roy Penrose who stood down as the chair of our Apprentice Management Group at the end of last year. He has overseen the great success of the scheme since it was inaugurated in 2012 and we now have thirty apprentices, each under the watchful eye of their WCoSP Apprentice Master! I send my grateful thanks to Roy for his inspirational leadership and my best wishes for success to his successor Honorary Court Assistant Andrew Knights who assumed the chair of the AMG in January.

On 21 May 2019 we will again hold our Whittington Course, this time incorporating the suggestions made in the Whittington Course Review that we launched last year. The Charitable Trust holds a Whittington Course Reserved Fund to purchase necessary materials for the course but unfortunately these funds have now been exhausted. Each year, the Master is given a Master’s charitable fund of £3000 and whilst I have spent a little of this, for example to the Macmillan Fund after the death of Sue Seaby, the bulk remains. I have decided to give this sum to the Whittington Course Reserved Fund to remove the need for our Charitable Trust to fund it, at least for the next few years.

I think we have achieved something of a coup in the difficult task of obtaining a suitable individual to deliver our Annual Lecture. Richard King, Chairman of our Services Committee, suggested Sir Mark Sedwill KCMG who was, and remains, the Government National Security Advisor. Sir Mark was subsequently promoted to Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and, given the onerous nature of his duties, I did not imagine he would agree to give our lecture. However, he has told us he would be delighted to do so, and we have arranged for the event to take place in Barber-Surgeons’ Hall on Wednesday 13 March.

On the subject of our Services Committee - which does an excellent job of maintaining and developing relationships with our six military affiliates - I have suggested that the agenda of the committee should include police and other blue light services in the pursuit of my ambition of fostering ‘fellowship’. Thus, our developmental work with the City of London Police that I mentioned in my last report will now fit under their purview. The first meeting of the new CoLP/WCoSP Development Group was postponed as Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland was called away, but it is now scheduled for 28 February.

Work on completely revamping our WCoSP website is now well under way and, subject to penetration testing due in March, we should be able to unveil some exciting improvements in spring or early summer.

Whilst things get a little quieter over the Christmas period Maggie and I have still had the pleasure of attending rather many enjoyable events and here are some of them:

  • Turners Private Viewing and Reception

  • Young Members Group social drinks

  • New Scotland Yard retirement of Sir Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner and Honorary Freeman of WCoSP

  • WCoSP Carol Service, St Peter ad Vincula

  • WCoSP Christmas Lunch, Vintners’ Hall

  • ‘A City Scrooge’ with Simon Callow, Mansion House

  • New member briefing, Guildhall

  • Ladies Lunch, Drapers’ Hall

  • International Security Management Association, Presidents Dinner

  • RAF Regiment, Corps Formation Dinner, RAF Honington

  • WCoSP Founders Service and supper, Tower of London

  • Basket Weavers Reception, Guildhall

  • Scriveners Presentation to City Sheriffs and Reception

  • Young Members Group Round Table Debate and Reception, Home Office

  • Launch of 2019 Sheriffs’ Bravery Award, Central Criminal Court

About the latter, we will soon be seeking nominations for the bravery award from around the UK, but we would welcome suggestions that you perhaps see in your local press or hear about from other sources. Please let the Tricia the Clerk know if you do have a suggestion.

We are very proud of the sheer number and variety of the events we put on each year. A particular favourite is the Spring Dance on 2 March 2019. PM Peter French and his helpers put a huge amount of effort into this event which raises extraordinary amounts of money for worthy causes. So please support it if you can!

Still on the subject of events, we have again secured the support of Commissioner Cressida Dick for our Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Annual Dinner which this year will be on 24 April. We have yet to secure a venue but note the date and look out for the details which will be published soon.

The Livery dates back over 800 years so it is most gratifying that we have such a large and vibrant group of young members; proof, if needed, that we as a modern livery company remain relevant and useful to young security professionals. We have over 80 young members now and, under the chairmanship of Jade Davies, they are making great progress.

Finally, we do intend to conduct a further survey of members of the WCoSP soon. We have not done so for some years and it will be interesting to hear your views on the Company.

Meanwhile, do not keep good ideas to yourself, use the ‘Tell the Master’ icon on our

website or email Tricia the Clerk. My best regards to you all.


Phillip Hagon QPM

Apprentice Tour of Sky Studios - January 2019

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On January 8, 2019, a group of apprentices were given a tour of Sky Studios in London. This amazing opportunity was generously arranged by Michael Barley, who is both a senior security adviser for Sky, and Senior Warden for the Worshipful Company.

The visit was organised for the Apprentice Group by Roy Penrose QPM OBE and the tour was conducted by Sam one of Sky’s Security team. The party {see picture} pictured in the Sky reception consisted of Roy Penrose and Apprentices Owen Baldwin-Evans, Liam Callender, Faith Fetuga, Barteck Mielniczuk, Owen Gosling, Wunmi Adeyemi,  James Fox, Charlie Morton, Toni Brunton-Douglas, and  Apprentice Management Group Chairman Honorary Court Assistant Andrew Knights.

We were given a comprehensive tour, first of the sports studios, including the room the producers sit in, where we were given explanations as to the specific role of the equipment and individuals at each desk in the creation of Sky’s programming, and the studio where many Sky Sports programmes are filmed. This was followed by a tour of the newsrooms, which are constantly staffed in order to provide Sky’s 24/7 programming. We experienced the bustling energy of the offices of journalists working to report the latest news. Excitingly, we were even able to view the Sky News studio as the news was being filmed and broadcast live.

In another building, we saw Kay Burley’s studio, a modern glass cube surrounded by open plan offices. Within the studios, there are a number of amenities for employees, including a supermarket, cafe, and most impressive of all, the gorgeous in house cinema with movie memorabilia displayed outside including the costume worn by Tom Holland in Spiderman: Homecoming.

Most interesting for our group of prospective security professionals was the opportunity, over tea and biscuits, to ask Mr Barley deeper questions about security and the media. Alongside his work for Sky, Mr Barley is heavily involved with a number of organisations focussing on the security of intellectual property, including the Federation Against Copyright Theft and the Audiovisual Anti Piracy Alliance. He provided valuable insight to us on how to start a successful career in media security. Particularly interesting was discussion of how risks are managed when reporters travel to dangerous regions; these precautions range from bulletproof vests to detailed procedures in case of kidnap, to simply banning regions—for example, Sky has previously deemed the risk posed by travelling to Syria unjustifiable.

Overall, the visit to Sky studios was a fascinating insight both into the workings of a major media company, the potential security threats faced by the media, and how these can be mitigated. We were incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and hope it can be replicated for other groups of apprentices in the future.


Toni Brunton-Douglas


Ladies Lunch Friday at Drapers' Hall - 25 January 2019

On Friday, 25 January 2019 51 ladies, and one forlorn man (the Master), assembled at the magnificent Drapers’ Hall for the 2019 WCoSP Ladies Lunch.


The event commenced with a tour of the main rooms and hall, which was conducted by the Drapers’ Company archivist, Penny Fussell. This was the house of Thomas Cromwell, Chief Minister to Henry V111, and possibly the second most powerful man after the King in England during the decade leading up to his execution for treason in the summer of 1540. The King confiscated Cromwell’s possessions and in 1543 Henry sold the mansion and huge gardens to the Drapers’ Company, but in 1666 the building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and was rebuilt then destroyed again in another fire in 1772. This second rebuild again retained the original footprint and room layout, thus the Ladies Lunch took place in a room of similar dimensions to that of Cromwell's mansion, and looked out on to the only remaining segment of his garden.


During the following reception the Master gave a short speech and was then banished from the rest of the proceedings.


The Master's Lady, Maggie Hagon gave the first speech of her life, which was very well received, and she presented a Sponsor's Certificate to Jennifer Dickens from Estee Lauder, who very generously not only sponsored the event but provided a Jo Malone candle to every participant.


A typically superb Drapers luncheon was served and the principal guest, former Sheriff Fiona Adler, gave an amusing speech. Amanda Keaveny, Consort to the current Aldermanic Sheriff Vincent Keaveny was the second principal guest.


In keeping with our theme of professional security, attendees left the lunch with a WCoSP gift of a handbag hanger, designed to reduce the risk of thieves stealing handbags that have been left under tables in bars and restaurants.

Another very successful event was thus brought to a conclusion.

Christmas Luncheon 13th December 2018

“Here we come a-wassailing
Along the City Streets;
Here come Security Professionals
As fair a bunch to meet. (With apologies to Anon)

This year our Annual Christmas lunch was held in the Vintners’ Hall; where we were made very welcome and members and guests passed the grand be-decked Christmas Tree at the foot of the Staircase to the first floor where the pre-lunch drinks were provided in the Court Room. This was as always, an oversubscribed event, and continues to herald the arrival of the Christmas season and as usual, the mood was excellent.

Lunch was announced by our Beadle and participants proceeded to the Livery Hall on the ground floor.

Prior to and during lunch, a festive musical interlude was provided by four students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Simone, Florian, Augustus and Johanna. The students arrived early looking forward to this event and were more than happy to join us and lead the musical items.


The top table, including Steve Evans (representing Andy Gillies) of Amberstone, generous sponsors of this event, processed into the Hall. The Master welcomed all and we were then able to partake of the first course, Citrus Cured Salmon, laid out prior to the guests’ arrival and accompanied by Joie de Vigne Masane Vermentine .

There followed, as is now traditional, an excellent main course of roast Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings accompanied by Errazuriz 1870 Teno Block Merlot.

Individual Christmas puddings were served with brandy butter. Coffee and port was then presented to guests ready for the toasts.


The Master made a well-timed (short!!) speech and proposed the Loyal Toast and that to the Guests. Sqn Ldr Chris Ford MBE, then responded on behalf of the guests and proposed the Toast to the Company. I’m not sure what the Master was saying at the moment of this picture, but he appears to be conducting the singers and has alarmed the Beadle!!

The highlight of the day, as always, was Carol singing by the assembled guests, this year led by our Clerk. The guests made a spirited attempt at ‘Good King Wenceslas’ helped by the Guildhall singers, then a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, beloved by so many regular attendees. This year diners had again been pre-warned of their section of the carol by a card placed at their dining position. Each group rose to sing their particular section each time it arose.

All diners appeared to have produced a well-rounded performances this year and all the required standing up and sitting down on allocated verses was closely supervised by The Clerk. The Guildhall singers in the minstrels’ gallery endeavoured to give support but could hardly sing for laughing. And finally, as by then we were all in good voice, there was a memorable rendition of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’.

Once again, a great time was had by all as was evident in the fond farewells and promises to meet again next year. Book early to join us next year for one of the most amusing lunches you can imagine.

Richard Sweetman
Court Assistant

WCoSP Common Hall Saddlers’ Hall 22 November 2018

On Thursday, 22 November, the Master, Wardens, Liverymen, Freemen, Members, Apprentices and guests gathered for the Company’s 2018 Common Hall and Award Presentations which were held in Saddlers’ Hall, a popular venue for our event.

Our principal guests were Alderman and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny and Sheriff The Hon Elizabeth Green.

The Master, Mr Phillip Hagon QPM, declared Common Hall open and the following ceremonies took place.


Admittance of Apprentices

With support from their Apprentice Masters, the following made their declarations and were Inroled on their four-year journey as Apprentices:

  •  Mr Owen Gosling-Campbell

  •    Mr Nabil Laasid Mohamed

  • Mr Alex Lee

  •    Mr Morgan Males

  • Mr Nicolas Markantonis

  • Miss Kate Naylor

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Completing Apprentices admitted as Freemen of the Company, by Servitude

The following, having completed their four-year apprenticeships were admitted to the Company as Freemen:

  • Mr Kenny Mosuro

  • Mr Nicholas Taylor

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Admittance of Members as Freemen

After making their declarations, the following members were admitted to the Freedom of the Company:

  • Mr Neil Harrison MBE

  • Mr Adam Meyer

  • Mr Mike Rumble

  • Mr Andrew Watkin-Child

  • Mr Ed Koyuncu

  • Mr Johnathan Palmer

  • Mr Chris Staunton JP

Freeman Clothed in the Livery

The following Freemen were clothed as Liverymen of the Company:

  • Mr Gerard Cooper

  • Mr Jeff Gardiner

  • Mr Steve MarshallMr Steve Street

  • Mr James Wilson

Company Briefings

At the conclusion the of the ceremonies, the Master and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Jeremy Batchelor JP, gave short presentations on the activities and achievements of the Company and Trust over the past 12 months and looked ahead to the challenges and goals in the coming year.



After a short break in proceedings, the following presentations were made by the Sheriffs:

Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery 2018

The recipient of this year’s award was Mr David Burgess, who had been presented with his award by the Sheriffs at the Company’s Annual Dinner held on 11 October at The Mansion House.

Invited to Common Hall to receive commendation certificates, were the highest placed finalists in the 2018 Award, but unfortunately not all were able to attend. Senior Warden Mike Barley read citations for those attending, and certificates were presented by the Sheriffs to the following:

  • PC Charlie Guenigault

  • PS Matthew Ebbs

  • Mr James Maxwell

 The 2018 Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Handler and Dog

Civil Division

The award is made to the dog-and-handler team which is the supreme Champion at the Annual Security Dog User Trials held by the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU). The Winner of the Civil Division Award was Security Dog Major and his handler Mr Gareth Howe.

Civilian Police and Law Enforcement Services Division

The Award is open to individual dog-and-handler teams, dog sections and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the welfare or use of dogs in protecting the public through law enforcement.

Nominations are given to the Award Judging Panel of the WCoSP. The Winners of the Civilian Police and Law Enforcement Services Division Award for 2018 were The Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Joint Operations Unit Dog Section.

Military Division

Each Service can submit up to 3 pairs of dogs-and-handlers or a unit nomination to the Award Judging Panel of the WCoSP to be considered for the Award. The Winner of the Military Division Award for 2018 was Sergeant Neil Furniss No. 6 RAF Police and Security Squadron.

Following the formalities, the evening concluded with a reception.


Richard Sweetman
Court Assistant

© All images copyright of Gerald Sharp Photography

Freedom of the City of London by Servitude

At 11.30am on 18th December 2018 the Company’s former Apprentice, now Freeman, Kehinde (Kenny) Mosuro became the youngest Freeman of the City of London – for at least for 40 minutes until the next Freeman was installed.  He was granted his Freedom by Servitude by Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court – seen below – in a short ceremony at Guildhall which was witnessed by his mother and twin brother.

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Kenny was nominated for the apprentice scheme by The Business Academy, Bexley (now the Harris Garrard Academy) and was inroled in a 4-year apprenticeship, alongside his Apprentice Master Freeman Nigel Horsfall, at the Common Hall meeting of the Court on 26 November 2014.  Kenny was an enthusiastic and active apprentice who was granted his Company Freedom at Common Hall on 22 November 2018. He now joins the Company’s Young Members.

Christmas Message from the Master December 2018

My year as Master is flying past and as I mentioned to those of you who could attend our Christmas Lunch at Vintners’ Hall last week Maggie and I are now halfway through the year. We totted up the number of events and calls upon our time since my installation on 6 June and, thus far, it adds up to 99; so, if you are contemplating a shot as Master be prepared!

These have included events of tragedy - the funeral of our lovely Middle Warden Sue Seaby after her sudden death this summer - but so many events of great pleasure. It is a wonderful experience and I do feel immensely privileged to represent you all.

I think this is a great Company, not just for the huge amount of charitable work that we do, our superb young members and apprentices, the multiplicity of events we organise, our great Service Affiliates and the quality of our membership, but for what it stands for; Fellowship, Honesty, Charity, Integrity and Friendship.

You may have had a frenetic year, and I know that some of you will have had a traumatic one, but I do hope you have some time now to enjoy this Christmas period. Maggie and I wish you all a great Christmas and a peaceful, happy and healthy 2019.

Phillip Hagon QPM

December 2018

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

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

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