Forthcoming Meetings


Tuesday 20th October 2020

Alan Hecht

The Businees Train Ltd

Alan Hecht is the Managing Director of The Business Train Ltd (TBT). Having been in the computer industry for over 40 years he not only has a grasp of IT systems and is able to give advice as how to proceed for the future, he provides excellent customer service. When GDPR was being introduced, he set about helping companies become compliant without taking advantage of huge fees being charged by some consultants. TBT now supports various clients with their GDPR obligations and assists should there be any breaches. It is very important that compliance is kept up to date in the form of policy updates and training of new and existing staff.


Thursday 19th November 2020

David Tomback

Historic England

David qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1974 spending a number of years with various firms of chartered surveyors carrying out a wide range of professional work, particularly in connection with development projects.  He later joined a firm of private developers and then became the in-house property adviser to an American bank.  In 1987 he joined a Swiss owned property development and investment company and helped to run the company until 1991 when he formed his own practice. 


In April 1993 he joined English Heritage, now Historic England, where he has a wide remit.  This includes providing in-house commercial property advice to the organisation; advice on levels of grants; listed building consents, especially in respect of enabling development situations and re-use of redundant historic buildings and the economics of conservation.  He has given expert evidence at public inquires including Smithfield and Greenside.  He has been involved in three significant economic studies, namely “The Investment Performance of Listed Buildings”, “The Listing of Buildings - the effect on value” and “The Value of Conservation”.  Recently David was responsible for “Heritage Works – The use of historic buildings in regeneration”. 


David instigated the English Heritage Policy on Enabling Development and more recently chaired the working group involved in producing Historic England’s Good Practice Advice Note (4) on Enabling Development.  He was a member of the National Audit Office panel of expert valuers reporting on the disposal of NHS Estate properties, he is currently a member of the RICS International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board Task Force on Accounting for Heritage.  David is a dissertation tutor and visiting lecturer at the College of Estate Management and Bath, Bristol, Oxford Brookes and Birmingham City universities.


David is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren.  His interests are fishing, British military and naval history and arms and armour.  He still manages to swim competitively!


Thursday 10th December 2020

Yair Daren

Security Risk Specialists

Security Risk Specialists was founded in 2016 by Yair Daren.


Yair has over 20 years of security experience, both in the public and private sectors. With operational expertise in protecting physical facilities – from warehouses and multi-use office buildings to residential buildings and private homes – events security, counter-terrorism, and protecting diplomatic staff and high-profile organisations, combining close co-operation with the police where warranted.


Prior to arriving in the UK, Yair was a lieutenant in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), where he was responsible for commanding many front-line operations.

Security Risk Specialists offers a broad range of services, including:

  • protection of high-profile institutions

  • close protection for individuals and groups

  • security for hotels

  • dog security

  • residential security

  • security for conferences & major events

  • protection of schools and high-profile organisations

  • protection for luxury brands and high-end retailers

  • office and property protection, including concierge services

Yair is a dual British and Israeli national, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics & Social Policy from the University of London. Yair’s intelligent approach to security ensures the delivery of excellent, bespoke service to every client.

Tel 020 8445 6639

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