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ST17 Ireland raises charity cash

Over the years, the Security TWENTY pre-event dinners have raised tens of thousands of pounds and euros for charities, usually local to the region the ST event is in. It was no different on the Tuesday night, April 4 at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on the outskirts of Dublin, when the second ST event in the Republic of Ireland saw diners raise 2200 euros for the LauraLynn children’s hospice, that offers care for children with life limiting conditions; nominated by Sarah O’Donnell. Simon Jones of SeeTec topped that total up to 2600. Diners heard that the money will mean five families will get a holiday this year that otherwise would not.

As ever the cash came from the raffle – prizes donated by exhibitors at the ST event the next day – and the heads and tails game. A new coin tosser alongside compere, Professional Security MD Roy Cooper, was Mike Sayers of the West Midlands region public transport body Network West Midlands. The winner was a three-time player of heads and tails, Gavin Green of exhibitor Aiphone.

On the Wednesday, among the visitors was Godfried Hendriks, the Dutch security consultant who has been a ASIS International board member for three years and who this year is secretary to the board. He fitted in the event with some business in Dublin. He’s pictured left, at the ISIA (Irish Security Industry Association) stand, whose communications director Sarah O’Donnell, pictured centre, was one of the conference speakers. As at the first ST event in Dublin, one year ago, the ISIA used the conference room after the ST conference and lunch, for their agm. And pictured right is Donie O’Callaghan, the long-time Irish security man and ASIS stalwart, these days ARVP for ASIS region 9A (Northwest Europe).

Other speakers were Sue Seaby of the multi-national security contractor Securitas, and Aidan Anderson of Redleaf Consultancy, who each spoke on risk – measuring it for clients; a return speaker, Paul Scallan, chief exec of the Republic’s regulator the Private Security Authority (PSA); and Pat Neill, the former Irish policeman now head of security and mobility at Dundrum Town Centre in the south of Dublin. Updates also came from exhibitors Hanwha Techwin, Anixter, Seagate, and Hikvision. Mike White of G4S was another returner, as conference chairman. More in the May 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

For a gallery of photos from the event, visit

The event sponsors were Hanwha Techwin, Anixter, Seagate, IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, Hikvision and Jacksons Fencing.

The next ST event is in Harrogate on July 4, a new town for the ST series; then comes another new venue, Glasgow, in September, before the year ends with a return to London Heathrow. Visit for details. It’s free to attend the conference and exhibition, whether you’re an installer, security manager, consultant or specifier; Professional Security organisers ask only that you register, to help gauge numbers beforehand for catering purposes.


Any queries, email Liz Lloyd,

The ST day includes tea and coffee at the mid-morning break, a hot buffet lunch, and bacon butties if you’re an early arriver (around 8.30am) and if you’re hungry, or fancy two breakfasts!?


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