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ST17 Midlands raises charity cash

The Security TWENTY series of conference-exhibitions opened in 2017 with the Midlands event, at Nottingham. The Wednesday night networking dinner saw a pretty impressive £2400 raised by diners – which became even more impressive when Mark Hirst of installer Evolution added £600 to round it off to £3000. As ever, the money raised by diners went to a local good cause – Simon’s Heroes, for Midlands children with life-limiting diseases.

Pictured are Debbie Carter of Smarta Recruitment, a trustee of Simon’s Heroes, and Roy Cooper, MD of Professional Security magazine, after the dinner.

The earlier money was raised as traditionally at the ST dinners by a raffle – with prizes kindly donated – and the heads and tails game. The usual tosser of the coin – to tell the players if they were in or out of the game, depending on whether they had chosen to pat their ‘heads’ or their ‘tails’ beforehand – Jarod Booth could not make it, but Damian Marsh, UK general manager of sponsor Anixter ably stepped into the role. He was back on stage the next day, as a speaker at the ST17 conference; and indeed earlier than that, as a raffle prize winner.

Stuart Harris of Network Video Technologies (NVT) was the heads and tails winner; he was also one of the raffle prize winners. See the gallery of photos on the ‘gallery‘ section of our website for more photos of the dinner, exhibition – a bumper 85 exhibitors were there – and conference, which heard from sponsors and, in order, the consultant Bill Croft on new emergency response officer training; Nigel Davies, of the Security Industry Authority, on the regulator’s enforcement work against non-compliant individuals and companies; Alex Carmichael of the inspectorate SSAIB; Ellie Hurst of the information security consultancy Advent IM; and Sean Keown, the local security management specialist at the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS trust, who as vice-chairman of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) gave a case study of the trust’s work and raised the industry body NAHS’s concern over the recent decision by the Department of Health to alter the remit of the NHS Protect, which has been the national umbrella body for security management and counter-fraud in the National Health Service. The DoH is taking security away from NHS Protect and leaving it with fraud. More in the March 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

Roy Cooper afterwards thanked Mike White, for chairing again the ST17 Midlands conference; and to the event’s sponsors that helped continue to make the ST series possible – Amixter, Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision, IFSEC International, Seagate, CSL DualCom, fencing company Jacksons and the SSAIB.

For the other ST17 dates and venues, free to attend whether you’re a consultant and specifier, manager or installer, see this link – The next stop for ST17 is April 5, in Dublin, for a second visit to the Republic or Ireland after a debut there in April 2016.


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