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ST15 raises cash for charity

Next stop is Bristol for the Security TWENTY 15 series of seminar-exhibitions after the first of 2015 at Nottingham.

The format is wider than in past years, as go-karting runs on the afternoon before the event proper. The go-karts winners were presented with trophies by Roy Cooper, Professional Security MD, at the networking dinner the evening before the event, at the East Midlands Conference Centre on the University of Nottingham campus. The winners were: Peter Wright, third; Harry Cattell, second; and winner by fastest lap, Gary Sykes. He also won two DeWalt drills and a track day in a Porsche.

As ever the dinner raises cash through a lottery and the ‘heads and tails’ game for a local charity, or a charity of choice by someone to do with the event. That was in Nottingham’s case NRAS. Roy Cooper presented Oliver Hoare of NRAS with the £1800 raised by some 140 diners. Briefly, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) aims to provide support for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), their families, friends and carers, and health professionals.

As ever, Roy Cooper was compere and Jarod Booth of distributor Anixter was the toin-tosser for the heads and tails. The last ten who guessed correctly whether the coin would fall heads or tails – and were had their hands on their heads or rears to prove it – went to the front of the room and it only took a couple more rounds for Steve Ryan to pip Paul Tennent. Steve chose as his prize a Panasonic camera.

Roy Cooper thanks everyone who made the ST15 Nottingham event possible: exhibiting companies, the sponsors Y3K (conference), dinner (Canon) and lanyards and goodie bags for visitors (Anixter), visitors, conference chairman Mike White, IPSA chairman, and speakers. They were: Mark Babington, safer travel partnership manager at Centro, the Birmingham-based public transport operator, on centralising of CCTV monitoring in the region; Ian Young of Y3K; Simon Banks, MD of alarm signalling product company CSL DualCom, speaking as a director of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI); Steve Wilbraham of Xtralis; Simon Whitehouse of SGW Consulting Group, on how his consultancy has gone into the Middle East market; Paul Green of Arecont Vision; Simon Gordon of Facewatch, giving the latest and next developments with the online crime reporting platform; Joe White of Canon; Emma Shaw, chairman of the Security Institute, who gave a joint talk with Mike White on the proposed ‘security commonwealth’ whereby industry bodies look to work together; and David Needham of the network video product company Axis Communications.

The next ST15 event is at Bristol, at the city centre Marriott, the same venue as last spring. The networking dinner is on Tuesday, April 14, before the seminar-exhibition on Wednesday, April 15.

The other ST15 dates for 2015 are Newcastle on July 9; and Heathrow on October 28. For details – and to register; it’s free to attend the seminar-exhibition, which includes free mid-morning drinks and buffet lunch – visit the events part of the Professional Security website.


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