David Burgess honoured to receive City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery 2018

At The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ Annual Dinner on Thursday 11 October, The Sheriffs of the City of London presented their annual Award for Bravery to David Burgess in The Egyptian Hall of The Mansion House, where the event was held by kind permission of The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Charles Bowman.

The Sheriffs’ Award was instituted by The Worshipful Company back in 2006. A national award for bravery, it’s designed to celebrate those heroes who have contributed towards safeguarding the nation’s “people, property or liberty”.

Attracting many notable nominations each year, the choice of the recipient of the main award is always a difficult task for the Judging Panel which includes the two current Sheriffs of the City of London and the two Sheriffs Elect.

In front of some 200 Worshipful Company members and their guests, the 2018 Award for Bravery was presented by Alderman Vincent Keaveny and The Honourable Elizabeth Green to David Burgess for his selfless intervention in an assault where a male was being attacked and stabbed. Ultimately, Burgess’ courageous actions saved the man’s life.

As The Worshipful Company’s newly-installed Master Philip Hagon QPM noted in his address to the members present: “The award to David Burgess is bestowed as yet another example of selfless bravery that restores faith in the goodness of people. The Award for Bravery is a most prestigious award. David receives a substantial cheque from The Worshipful Company, the Sheriffs’ Award Trophy and a certificate. Subsequently, his name will be engraved on an honours board situated in the Central Criminal Court. David is a most worthy recipient.”

In his speech, Hagon also noted:  “The Charitable Trust now regularly makes donations of over £50,000 each year to a variety of causes and, through its Security Benevolent Fund, is very active in assisting individuals from the world of security who have fallen on hard times.”

One of Hagon’s objectives for his year as Master is to grow the membership of The Worshipful Company by promoting the great work being done through initiatives such as the Sheriffs’ Award, The Whittington Course and the Chartered Security Professional (CySP) qualification that’s operated under The Worshipful Company’s Royal Charter.

By membership, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is now reported to be the fifth largest of the 110 London Livery Companies. This is a reflection of its popularity within the security industry. It’s also quite an achievement for an organisation that’s not even 20 years old and also mirrors The Worshipful Company’s desire to attract members from all parts of the wider world of security and at every level.

Indeed, The Worshipful Company is just as keen to welcome new apprentices to its ranks as it is the CEOs of the UK’s major security companies.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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