Masters Installation Luncheon 2019

Tuesday 4th February, 2020

On Wednesday, 5 June 2019 it was a full Drapers’ Hall that greeted the new Master Mr Michael Barley, his Consort Mrs Jayne Barley and their guests, as they made their way to the top table.

Included in the procession were the guests of honour Mr Ian Dyson QPM Commissioner of the City of London Police, Sir Steven House QPM, Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Police, Air Commodore Scott Miller RAF Commandant General Designate, RAF Regiment, Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL, Mr Andrew Mayes QC, Master Firefighter and Mr Phillip Davis, Master Hackney Carriage Drivers.

Once again Drapers Hall made an excellent job of hosting the Company and looking after the Company’s Members and guests.

The Master in his speech made the point that this was the start of the Company’s twentieth anniversary year, which we will be celebrating. The Security Professionals are now reported to be the fifth largest, by membership number, of the 110 London Livery Companies, which reflects its popularity within the Security Industry. This is quite an achievement for an organisation that is not quite 20 years old and reflects its desire to attract members from all parts of the wider world of security and at every level. The Company is just as keen to welcome new Apprentices as they are CEO’s of the UK’s major security companies.

During the lunch, the Master presented the RAF NCO Leadership Award to the winner, Sgt Robert Braint who received the Ben Flenley Memorial Bowl for the year, and the Master also presented to Blyth Crawford the winning student from the Dept of War Studies MA Course on Society and Terrorism at Kings College London, the prize of a cheque for £200 for her essay entitled “From Memes to Mobilisation understanding far right propaganda in the Internet Age.”

The Master was also able to introduce the new Freemen and Liverymen of the Company who had been through the relevant ceremony earlier in the day.

The Master spoke of the young members who now number 108, which is over a fifth of the total membership, and who were now recognised as a full standing committee. The Master said how he wanted to help the young members establish themselves within the Company as they are not only the future of this company, but also future leaders of our industry and as security becomes integrated into business so their role in society becomes ever more important.

The Master also spoke of how the private security sector plays an increasingly more connected role in society and continuing on the IPM’s work, he intends that industry leaders work with the Police in respect of crime related threats making best use of the members of our Company looking at the ‘art of the possible.’

Speaking afterwards The Master said ‘I’m very proud that my peers have given me the honour of becoming Master of this great company and I look forward to the next year representing the people of this Company both internally and externally.’

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