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Worshipful Company of Security Professionals

Worshipful Company of Security Professionals
Coat of arms
Date of formation1999 (full livery granted 2008)
Company associationSecurity professionals
Order of precedence108th
Master of companyPhillip Hagon
MottoRes Homines Libertates

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is the 108th Livery Company[1] of the City of London. It is a non profit making organisation providing education and health services to members of the security profession.[2]

Formed in 1999 when Steve Neville, OBE, and John Purnell, GM, QPM, DL, registered the Guild of Security Professionals with the City of London Chamberlain's Office. On 18 November 1999, 12 principal founder members met to plan the creation of a working guild. The first meeting with 62 founder members took place on 27 March 2000, with Sir Neil Macfarlane being elected Founder Master and with Sir David Brewer, KG, CMG, CVO, JP, and Deputy Philip Willoughby as Sponsors. Progression to a Company without Livery occurred on 6 January 2004 when the petition for recognition as a City Company without Livery was recognised by the Court of Aldermen. On 15 January 2008 the Court of Alderman was petitioned and it declared that the Company became the 108th Livery Company[3] from 19 February 2008. The ranking is by order of precedence, under which guidelines the Company is also classified as a Modern Livery Company.

In 2009 the Security Professionals' Company petitioned the privy council for a royal charter and Queen Elizabeth II approved an Order instructing the Lord Chancellor to affix the great seal to the Worshipful Company's charter, which was granted on 15 February 2010.

More recent developments include the development of an Apprentices scheme which now has around 30 Apprentices and has already had Apprentices successfully graduate and become Freemen of the Company and the launch of a Young Members section, with special Membership rates for Members below the ages of 41 and 31,to encourage younger Security Professionals to join a London Livery Company.

Membership of the Company is drawn from the security industry in its widest sense and includes leading security professionals from the industrial and retail sectors, serving and retired members of the police and armed services, security consultants, academics, heads of security for corporate businesses, investigators, and electronic surveillance companies.

Some of the activities the Company is involved in are listed below. It supports the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers' 'Magical Taxi Run' to Disneyland Paris each year for children with life-threatening illnesses.

The Sheriffs' Award

The Sheriffs' Award is a national award for bravery, celebrating heroes or organisations who have contributed to safeguarding our "people, property or our liberty."[4] The award was instituted in 2006 by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and is awarded annually by the Sheriffs of the City of London. In 2009 there were 30 nominees to the award from the emergency services, armed forces and members of the public from across the United Kingdom.[5] Since the initial award nominations have been received from throughout the United Kingdom. Award recipients have been come from Northern Ireland, Scotland Wales and England reflecting the acts of bravery occurring throughout the United Kingdom.

Award holders[5]
Year Bravery award Community award
Muhammad Arshad Khalil
Susan Porter
Eileen Watts
Christopher Rothwell
Walter Roberts
PC Colin Swan
Yesim Deveci
Mark Peskett
London Fire Brigade 'LIFE' course
Rhys Llywelyn Evans
Tom Temple
John Wayre
Zoe Brown
Matthew Smith
PC Wayne Marques
David Burgess

The Whittington Course

The Whittington Course is a unique partnership that was originally developed with the Business Academy Bexley,now known as the Harris Garrard Academy part of the Harris Federation sponsored by Sir David Brewer, KG, CMG, CVO, JP to introduce business management students to the City of London and to encourage them to achieve their school motto that "No goal is beyond our reach".[2][6]

Register of Chartered Security Professionals

The Company started work to establish a Chartered Security Professionals scheme in June 2010,[7][8] and the first ten Chartered Security Professionals were admitted in June 2011.[9] The scheme is established as part of the company's own royal charter but managed by The Security Institute.

Security Benevolent Fund

One of the Company's major projects, and part of the Charitable Trust, the Security Benevolent Fund (formerly Hear4U), provides assistance, such as counselling, to security professionals in order to ensure their ability to return to work after a mental or physical injury.[10]

Details of the application procedure for members of the Security Profession who are in need of such assistance can be obtained from the Clerk. or from the web site []

Past Masters

The Master of the Company serves for one year. The Master's year starts at the Installation Court in June.

Year (June–July) Master
2000–02 Sir Neil Macfarlane
2002–03 Steve Neville
2003–04 Una Riley
2004–05 Mike Welply
2005–06 Trevor Gray
2006–07 John Purnell
2007–08 Peter French
2008–09 Simon Imbert
2009–10 Stephen Parsons
2010–11 Don Randall
2011–12 Nigel Churton
2012–13 Gerald Moor
2013–14 Brian Hughes
2014–15 Barrie Stewart
2015–16 Stuart Seymour
2016–17 Ian Mayes
2017–18 Stephen Anderton
2018–19 Phillip Hagon

RMP Provost Marshal (Army) Sword

The RMP Provost Marshal (Army) Sword is presented annually at the Annual Dinner in October to the individual who, in the eyes of the Master, has done most to promote and support the work of the Company (outside of the Master and Clerk).

Award holders
2011–12 Mr Roy Penrose OBE QPM
2012–13 Mr Andrew Knights
2013–14 Mr Steve Neville OBE
2014–15 Mr Richard Monk CMG OBE QPM
2015–16 Mr Trevor Vaughan MBE OStJ
2016–17 Mr Peter French MBE
2017–18 Mr Neill Catton
2017–18 Gp Cpt Brian Hughes

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust was formed as a Charity on 21 March 2001 and is registered with the Charity Commission under number 1088658. It is a charitable organisation providing education and health services to members of the security profession. It is managed by a board of twelve trustees all of whom are members of the Company.

Details of the application procedure for members of the Security Profession who are in need of such assistance can be obtained from the Clerk.

The first Chair of the Board of Trustees was Richard Monk. The current Chair of the Board of Trustees is Jeremy Batchelor.

Chairs of the Charitable Trust

Year Chair Person
Richard Monk
Steve Neville
Richard Monk
Stephen Parsons
Simon Imbert
Jeremy Batchelor

Coat of arms

  • Arms: Party per fess indented acute Or and Azure three Portcullises chained counterchained.
  • Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A Unicorn forcene Argent armed mained tufted and unguled Or the dexter forehoof enfiling the hasp of a Padlock Azure the sinister supporting a Terrestrial Globe Or the oceans Azure.
  • Supporters: On the dexter a Dragon Azure armed langued winged and gorged with a plain Collar attached thereto a chai reflexted over the back and holding in the sinister foreclaws a Key wards uppermost Or on the sinister Griffin Azure beaked armed langued winged and holding in the dexter claws a Lightning Flash Or.
  • Motto: Res Homines Libertates
  • Badge: A Portcullis chained Or within an Annulet the outer edge potenty Azure.


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  2. ^ a b Security system management – Company of Security Professionals granted Worshipful Approval by the Court of Alderman
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  5. ^ a b Common Hall and Sheriffs' Commendation Ceremony. London: The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. 23 November 2009.
  6. ^ The Company Of Security Professionals
  7. ^ "News in Brief : Special Edition" (PDF). The Security Institute. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  8. ^ Sims, Brian (29 June 2010). "Worshipful Company and TSI join forces on Register of Chartered Security Professionals". Info4Security. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  9. ^ Sims, Brian (7 June 2011). "First batch of practitioners admitted to all-new Register of Chartered Security Professionals". Info4Security. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  10. ^ IFSEC 2008 – Press Releases

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