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ST18 raises charity cash at Heathrow

Diners at the last Security TWENTY event of 2018, at the Park Inn Heathrow, on Tuesday night raised £1950 for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Pictured are Roy Cooper, MD of ST event organisers Professional Security magazine; and Rachel Griffin, chief exec of the Trust. She was among the speakers at the ST18 London conference at the same venue, over the road from Heathrow Airport, on Wednesday morning, when the total raised was rounded up by well-wishers to £2000.

Jarod Booth of Anixter returned as tosser for the traditional heads and tails game after the dinner. The final two in the game were Mike Gillespie of cyber and information security consultancy Advent IM – another speaker during the conference – who guessed tails; and Andy Cole, who guessed heads and won. But Mike Gillespie was among winners in the raffle afterwards.

The next morning, another bumper gathering of security end users, installers and consultants and specifiers visited some 72 exhibitors. In the conference room they also heard from the interim CEO of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), Dave Humphries; and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, a return speaker at ST at Heathrow. ST sponsors, the product manufacturers Hikvision (Louise Parsons), Seagate (Andrew Palmer) and Anixter (Arron Hall) also spoke. Mike White was again conference chair.

For a gallery of photos of the dinner, exhibition and conference, visit the ‘gallery‘ part of our website.

The next ST event, ST19 Midlands, runs on Thursday, February 21. After several years in Nottingham, ST returns to where the series began in 2013, outside Birmingham. The new venue is the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, by junction 6 of the M42. Doors open at 8.30am for early birds to enjoy bacon butties and the exhibition; while the conference runs between 10am and about 1pm. The exhibition will close before 4pm.

It’s free to attend, whatever your interest in the private security sector; organisers ask that you register beforehand, to help gauge numbers for catering; as besides mid-morning tea and biscuits, there’s a (free again) hot buffet lunch. Or email organiser Liz Lloyd at [email protected]

Talking of bumper, ST19 goes to a record six places in 2019; in order, Glasgow on April 30, Manchester on July 2; Belfast on September 3 and Dublin on September 5; and again rounding off the year at Heathrow on November 7.

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