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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

YOUNG MEMBER RECEIVES FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON - 14 August 2018

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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
Freeman

FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON BY SERVITUDE - Chad Tumelty - July 2018

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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.

MILITARY AFFILIATES LUNCH – THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018

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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.

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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.

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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 www.wcosp.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

Whittington Course - 22 May 2018

The annual Whittington Course is now in its 16th year and on 22 May we hosted 30 year 10 students from the Harris Garrard Academy, Bexley.  This year's course was organised and very ably lead by Freeman David MacQuarrie. Having disembarked from a river Clipper, the visitors were met at Canary Wharf Quay and walked to Barclays Bank for an excellent morning hosted yet again by Nick Wilkins, a Companion of the Company. A trip to the City on the Docklands Light Railway was followed by lunch at Guildhall where Freeman Claire Palmer and PM Barrie Stewart gave short presentations. We were also joined by PME Steve Neville and Steve Marshall. Nine Apprentices and Young Members mentored the Academy students who were each presented with an attendance certificate by the Master. An article about this year's Whittington Course can be found on the Harris Garrard Academy website by clicking A Taste of the City of London for Year 10.

Apprentices visit the Wallace Collection – 26 April 2018

On the afternoon of 26 April, a party of Apprentices and Apprentice Masters visited the Wallace Collection located in Manchester Square, just a couple of hundred yards from Oxford Street. Known as Hertford House, it has an aura of complete tranquillity taking visitors back over 200 years to an age of phenomenal wealth and luxury. To read the full report about this visit, please click  Apprentices visit the Wallace Collection – 26 April 2018 .

Sophie Smith Apprentice Inrolment - 11 April 2018

 The picture shows (l to r), Mrs Sue Smith (Sophie’s mother), the Master, Sophie Smith, and Past Master Simon Imbert.

The picture shows (l to r), Mrs Sue Smith (Sophie’s mother), the Master, Sophie Smith, and Past Master Simon Imbert.

Sophie Smith was inroled as an Apprentice of the Company alongside her Apprentice Master, Past Master Simon Imbert, at a meeting of the Court of Assistants on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at Vintners’ Hall. Sophie had been supported by the Company’s Charitable Trust during her two years as a 6th form student at Reed’s School who nominated her for an Apprentice application. Sophie is now studying maths at Exeter University.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Dinner - 12 April 2018

On 12 April within the sumptuous ballroom of the RAF Club we held the sixth annual Met Commissioner's Dinner. This was the first occasion that the current Commissioner, Cressida Dick CBE QPM, had attended this event and the interest in her was such that a record number of guests attended. Despite being out on gang raids in north London until 3.00 am that morning, she was generous with her time and unfailingly courteous to all who wished to speak with her. Please click here to read the full report  Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Dinner 12 April 2018 .

Election Court – Wednesday 11 April 2018

Election of Officers for 2018-19

At the Election Court on Wednesday 11 April 2018, the following were elected to the positions shown and will be installed at the Installation Court on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at Drapers’ Hall:

Senior Warden Phillip Hagon QPM to Master

Middle Warden Michael Barley to Senior Warden

Junior Warden Susan Seaby to Middle Warden

Court Assistant Steve Emmins to Junior Warden

At the end of the year 2017-18, the Master, Stephen Anderton, will become the Immediate Past Master for 2018-19 and an Officer of the Company by right.

Election of Stewards

At the Election Court on Wednesday 11 April 2018, the following were re-elected as Stewards for the year 2018-19:

Richard King

Paul Miller CSyP

Shaun Southall

Election of Court Assistants

At the Election Court on Wednesday 11 April 2018, it was confirmed that the following Liverymen had been elected Court Assistants in the year 2018 in accordance with Ordinance 18;

Richard King

Paul Miller CSyP

Russell Penny

Shaun Southall

Michael Thwaite

Andy Williams

Jack Lauricourt Freedom of the City – 29 March 2018

 Picture shows Don Lauricourt, Jack Lauricourt and Past Master Don Randall

Picture shows Don Lauricourt, Jack Lauricourt and Past Master Don Randall

Jack was one of the first two apprentices nominated by the Bexley Business Academy (now the Harris Garrard Academy) where he was Head Boy.  He was inroled in September 2013 and his indentures signed by Past Master Don Randall as his Apprentice Master.

On the successful completing of his apprenticeship Jack was granted Freedom of the Company at Common Hall in November 2017. On leaving school Jack was recruited as a trainer by Apple and recently head-hunted by Adidas as a master trainer. 

On 29 March 2018 Jack was granted the Freedom of the City of London by Servitude and presented with his certificate. He later commented, “I’ve just received my Freedom for the City of London, with the support of Don Randall (previous CISO for the Bank of England), one of my best achievements to date”.