Director of Security
"Like many of the Pageant team I’m a big fan and returning member of the 2013 Cast and Crew. At the last Pageant I was looking for a chance to take part in this historic event without having to inflict my dubious singing and acting talents on an unsuspecting public. I was willing to hammer and paint or help in any other way until I heard that there was a need for volunteers on the security team. As a retired Metropolitan Police officer with a background in security management I thought I’d make a pitch for the role. My 2012 stint as a group leader for the Olympic Games security operation had given me a taste for helping out with large crowds in an unobtrusive way and, with the leadership help of the Pageant Presidency and the Preston Temple Security Team, I agreed to take on the role of Steward Security Leader. I was so impressed with the organisation and willingness of all involved; the Temple Security team were superb and both the professional and volunteer workers did an excellent job. It quickly became apparent that previous security experience wasn’t that necessary and enthusiasm and a positive and accommodating outlook helped overcome most challenges. We had some fantastic volunteers of all ages, shapes and sizes and I sincerely hope that lots of them show up again this year for a security team ‘reunion’. In the end I only got to see one whole performance all the way through but being constantly busy was really part of the ‘buzz’ of being involved as a Pageant Volunteer and I loved every minute of it. Acting as the Director of Security for the 2017 British Pageant means that I’ll get to meet even more great people who are willing to give up their time and talents to help us make the occasion a safe, enjoyable and fun event for the thousands of people who will travel thousands of miles to enjoy the show. I look forward to working with all the volunteers who would like to take on this vitally important role and be a part of the security team."