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STVE – our virtual event

We’ve not been able to bring our Security TWENTY series of events to you, due to the coronavirus pandemic – so we’ve come up with STVE, the ST Virtual Event. It launched today, and already the feedback has been good.

Professional Security magazine MD Roy Cooper described STVE as ‘a great opportunity for people to meet and do business during lockdown’. He said: “As you know, we run very successful ST roadshows, when we bring it to a town near you. In the current climate, we are unable to do that, so as an alternative we have created a virtual event, bringing that to a computer near you, enabling you do still do that business that you would enjoy from our shows. The only thing is, you have got to bring your own coffee.”

That’s true; at the usual six ST events a year – the last one was the first of 2020, ST Birmingham in February – we provide breakfast butties, and mid-morning tea, coffee and biscuits; and a hot buffet lunch. You’ll have to do your own catering; but other features of the ST format are part of the Virtual Event, such as the exhibitors, who have ‘stands’ that you can ‘walk’ around and view their products and services. And we have six speakers at the conference, the regular accompaniment to the ST exhibition room.

These six have put together videos especially for STVE:

– Mick Neville, the former Met Police CCTV forensics man who now speaks about ‘super recognisers‘; people with an uncanny ability to recall faces, and put names to them (useful in many fields, including policing and crime prevention);
– Prof Martin Gill, of consultancy Perpetuity, the criminologist and researcher, and the founder of the OSPAs (Outstanding Security Performance Awards) who incidentally has been busy himself during lockdown, with ‘thought leadership’ webinars;
– David Scott, MD of Skills for Security, who’s talking about fire and security installation apprenticeships, who as it happens was among the panel at one of Martin Gill’s recent webinars;
– Ellie Hurst, of Advent IM, who’s a past ST speaker; her speciality is information security awareness;
– Mike Reddington, the chief exec of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). on Covid-19 and what next for business;
– and Dave Roscoe, field operations manager of the SSAIB inspectorate, offering a standards update.

Feedback so far has been that the show is easy to navigate, Roy Cooper added. He thanked workforce management software firm Innovise for sponsoring the lobby, and thanked the exhibitors and speakers; and everyone else involved in making STVE happen.

Also at STVE, you can have a browse around the literature library, our selection of books reviewed in recent years in Professional Security magazine and online; you can even find out more about the magazine team.

Enough talk; join us at the Security TWENTY Virtual Event! Visit

The event’s available on demand, 24-hours for the foreseeable future and will be updated regularly. For who’s taking part, as exhibitors and speakers, see our website:

As for the real-world ST events, Covid-19 has already meant the dates in Glasgow, Manchester and Ireland have been put back. The next due ST events are the pair in Belfast and Dublin, on September 29 and October 1; then as previously arranged, ST London at the Park Inn Heathrow on November 5. But check before you travel. Likewise the Women in Security (WiS) annual awards night isn’t in September as usual but February.


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