WCoSP Ladies Lunch

Thursday 14th May, 2020

On Friday 24th January 2020, the ladies of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and their guests were treated to a wonderful afternoon of great company, great food and entertainment. Held in the vibrant and modern setting of the Sky Television Studios, London, it became very apparent that this was sure to be a ladies’ lunch with an interesting twist. The studio is home to Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports to name but a few.

From the moment we entered the grounds of the Sky TV Studios there was plenty to talk about. Sky’s own ‘Ocean Rescue’ features heavily throughout with incredible features and displays – including a Whale fin made from entirely recycled materials – demonstrating Sky’s efforts to reduce the use of plastic throughout their business with a global campaign launched in 2017 to encourage others to do the same.
We were then shown to our venue, which was bright and informal, providing an excellent opportunity to speak with all who attended. Upon arrival we were all given a strip of raffle tickets for a prize draw at the end of the afternoon with an opportunity to purchase more if we wished. Thanks to this effort an additional £230 was raised for the charitable trust. Prizes for the raffle were generously provided by Estée Lauder which certainly ensured that this was a prize draw you did not want to miss. Sponsorship for the wider event was generously provided by Amberstone Technology and Estée Lauder.

After a brief introduction, The Master, Mike Barley, was promptly shown the door from this Ladies luncheon and The Master’s Lady, Jayne Barley, took over to welcome us all to the afternoon with an eloquent and witty speech. The Master’s Lady achieved a very difficult balance by creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which encouraged all who attended to socialise together, without compromising on organisation and attention to detail.

Sky News presenter, Isabel Webster, then surprised us all with an interesting and informative presentation which highlighted the hard work and sheer number of people involved in news production, as well as a thought provoking piece demonstrating how the consumption of news and information has changed throughout the years.

A delicious buffet lunch was served enabling guests to move around the room at ease and shortly after this a tour of the Sky TV studios began.
Once attendees had eaten the buffet on offer, we were whisked away in groups for our tour of the studios. Small groups were taken first to see live broadcasts and content being created and were treated to an explanation of the processes that go on behind the cameras that are equally important for production. We were shown the editing, sound and production suites and met some of the incredibly talented people working within.

From here, we moved into a huge studio where some of Game of Thrones was filmed and the Master explained that as a multi-functional venue, this was also the location for filming the leadership debates in the most recent General Election, including a live audience. We were then treated to a quick tour of the Sky Academy, a fully-functioning set up for schoolchildren to make a news programme from start to finish, directing, filming and presenting. We moved on to watch a live Sky Sports broadcast before leaving via an enormously impressive hall full of memorabilia – this included Anthony Joshua’s boxing kit and a piece of the Berlin wall, amongst other things.

We returned to our original space for coffee, cakes and a draw of the raffle to round off this fantastic event.