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.
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.
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