Worshipful Company of Security Professionals

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Worshipful Company of Security Professionals
Res Homines Libertates
Coat of arms
Date of formation: 1999 (full livery granted 2008)
Company association: Security professionals
Order of precedence: 108th
Master of company: Barrie Stewart
Motto: Res Homines Libertates
Website: http://www.wcosp.org

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is the 108th Livery Company[1] of the City of London. It is a charitable 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, CMG, LL, 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.

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[edit]

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]

Year Bravery award Community award
2006 Muhammad Arshad Khalil
2007 Susan Porter
2008 Eileen Watts
2009 Christopher Rothwell Walter Roberts
2010 PC Colin Swan Yesim Deveci
2011 Mark Peskett London Fire Brigade 'LIFE' course
2012 Rhys Llywelyn Evans
2013 Tom Temple
2014 John Wayre

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The Whittington Course[edit]

The Whittington Course is a unique partnership with the Business Academy Bexley sponsored by Sir David Brewer, CMG, LL 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 is need of such assistance can be obtained from the Clerk.

Past Masters[edit]

The Master of the Company serves for one year. The Master's year starts in June and ends in July.

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


The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust[edit]

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust was formed as a Charity on 21 March 2001 and is registed 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 whome are members of the Company.

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

Coat of arms[edit]

  • 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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