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Institute under 40s network

A new Young Members’ Group of the Security Institute is holding a first gathering in London next month. It’s running on the early evening of Tuesday, August 16 at Browns in Covent Garden, central London.

All Institute members aged between 21 and 40 are welcome and that includes any category of membership. Whether you are an established professional or pursuing a career in security. Institute member James Sarner, Regional Security Manager for the South at Mitchells & Butlers, the restaurant, pub and bars operators, is behind the meeting.

He says that there are three main aims for the group. “Firstly, we want to build a strong sub-group where members can relate more directly with one another and reflect on their professional development to date, with an opportunity to share experiences and provide support and opinion to others in the same position. Secondly, we want to provide a solution that fills the gap to achieve truly effective senior and younger membership collaboration as well optimising mentoring opportunities. Finally I’d like to think we can become a voice for the Institute’s future progression and for young professionals looking to be heard.”

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Invited speaker

The evening will hear from Metropolitan Police Chief Insp Roy Smith; who has a private security background before he joined the police; while working for Eurostar for the guarding arm of Chubb he featured in Professional Security magazine in 2005. Starting his career in Westminster, Roy was responsible for delivering a range of business crime initiatives at a tactical level and oversaw the development of the first Business Crime Reduction Partnership for the Soho district of central London. He project managed a multi-agency regeneration project for the Met. He’s the senior officer responsible for business crime and engagement across London, and a qualified public order commander most recently responsible for the police response to the illegal rave in North Lambeth last Halloween; described as the most significant disorder in London since the 2011 riots. Roy also represents the Met as an associate director on the advisory board for the Safer London Business Partnership, is a member of the executive board for the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications hub (CSSC) and sits as a permanent member of the London Strategic Business Crime Forum.


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