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ST19 Heathrow raises charity cash

The last Security TWENTY event of 2019, as ever at the Park Inn at Heathrow, raised £2400 for Embrace: Child Victims of Crime. Pictured left to right are Steve Emmins of the charity and Roy Cooper, MD of Professional Security Magazine, who run the ST series.

As ever, the money came from diners at the networking dinner, sponsored by IFSEC International, the night before the conference-exhibition on Thursday, November 7; thanks to 15 raffle prizes donated by exhibitors and well-wishers, plus the donation on the night of a year’s monitoring of up to £800 by Bill Macgregor of exhibitor Corps Monitoring. Besides buying raffle tickets, diners also gave to take part in the traditional heads and tails game. Roy Cooper as compere tweaked it into a ‘higher and lower’ game whereby diners (after the main course) guessed whether a country’s population as read out by Roy was higher (put your hands on your head) or lower (put your hands on your bottom) than another country. In a longer than usual game, which did suggest that diners had good knowledge of geography, Samantha Bamford was the last woman still in the contest, leaving Tony Gleason of Bournemouth Council, and Joe Sheppard of CSL. Tony pipped Joe.

Steve Emmins briefly described the work of the London-based charity, which offers support and counselling to young victims of crime.

In the conference, the first speaker was Chris Pinder of IASME, who talked the audience through the Cyber Essentials scheme. Malvern-based IASME from April will be the sole accreditation body for the scheme, backed by UK Government for businesses to show basic cyber-security controls. Liz France, chair of the Security Industry Authority, a regular speaker at ST, gave an update on the UK regulator ahead of the SIA’s annual conference in London on November 12.

For photos of the dinner and ST event proper, visit the ‘gallery‘ section of the website. And more in the December 2019 print issue of Professional Security Magazine.

About ST20

The ST20 series of events starts on February 20 with ST Birmingham, at the Hilton Metropole NEC (not to be confused with the Hilton in downtown Birmingham). That venue on the NEC campus is the same as in February 2019. For the 2020 dates and venues in full – the six cities, Birmingham, then Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin and London – are the same as in 2019, visit the website. ST20 returns to the Park Inn on November 5, 2020.

Entry as a visitor is free; organisers ask only that you register online beforehand, to help gauge numbers for catering – namely bacon butties as the doors open at 8.30am, mid-morning tea and biscuits, and a hot buffet lunch, in time for the conference which usually finishes about 1.15pm. Each event winds up before 4pm. Email Liz Lloyd, [email protected]; or visit


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