Brian Sims

The Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery 2023: Reception at The Old Bailey

THE SHERIFFS’ Award is a national award for bravery, celebrating heroes who have contributed to safeguarding ‘people, property or liberty’, and was instituted by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals subsequent to the London suicide bombings in 2005. It’s awarded annually by the Sheri­ffs of the City of London.

Each year in October, following the presentation of The Sheriffs’ Award to the principal recipient at The Worshipful Company’s Annual Dinner, the Sheriffs launch the award for the following year. In February, the Sheriffs attend a reception in the Judges’ Dining Room at The Old Bailey.

This year, the reception was presided over by Aldermanic Sheriff Alastair King and Sheriff Andrew Marsden. The reception started when the current Master of The Worshipful Company, Paul Miller, welcomed the Sheriffs, members of The Worshipful Company and their guests and introduced Sue Jones (Junior Warden), who gave a brief history of The Sheriffs’ Award.

The Sheriffs’ Award is a highly prestigious one with the principal recipient receiving a trophy, a framed certificate and a cheque for £5,000.  By order of the Sheriffs, their name is also permanently inscribed on the Honours Board and in the Book of Honour, both of which are on permanent display at The Old Bailey.

Continued support

During their speeches, the Sheriffs thanked The Worshipful Company for its continued support for The Sheriffs’ Award and also asked for nominees for the 2023 scheme.

Nominations are sought from across the United Kingdom and are open to members of the public as well as members of the Emergency Services, the Armed Forces and those employed in the security industry.

If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, please submit your nomination on The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ website or contact via e-mail at

About The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is the 108th Livery Company of the City of London. It’s a non-profit making organisation providing education and support services to members of the security profession.

Formed as a Guild back in 1999, the seal of The Worshipful Company's charter was granted on 15 February 2010.

Membership of The Worshipful 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 Forces, security consultants, academics, heads of security for corporate businesses, investigators and representatives from electronic surveillance companies.

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