Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award

This new award is in recognition of individuals, whose actions have either saved life or minimised physical harm in the Night-time economy. It is open to people who work in the pub and hospitality trade, as well as members of the public or those serving in the emergency services.

Please note that this award is made at the discretion of the National Pubwatch Committee. We will not make awards if the incident is currently subject to a criminal or civil investigation or hearing by the Police or other formal body.

To make a nomination please click here.


Clive Read – Shoosh, Brighton – House of Lords 2021

Left to right Nigel Connor (JD Wetherspoon), Clive Read, Lord Kennedy & Steve Baker Chair National Pubwatch

National Pubwatch has awarded door supervisor Clive Read with the Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award for detaining a rapist and rescuing a young girl on Brighton Beach.

Clive, who is door supervisor at club Shooshh, spotted something, was wrong when he was patrolling along the pebble beach during his shift.

Clive detained the attacker and rescued the young girl, making sure she was safe. The police were called and the attacker arrested and has subsequently been convicted of rape and sentenced to nine years.

While the door supervisor works at the club and conducts patrols along the beach; he spends a large amount of time behind the scenes attending meetings such as that of the local Pubwatch.

He said: “We are protecting the public even outside our venue because we feel that it’s important that customers are able to leave a nightclub and continue their journey or get home in safety.”

He said to be given this award was a “big surprise” as many in the industry do not get recognised. He said he wants this award to highlight to other door supervisors that they do a good job and are recognised for this.

“I want door supervisors to be recognised for doing a good job and going above and beyond to protect the public. That is the reason we do it. It is not only for the venue and the staff but for the people out there enjoying the night,” he said.

“To be honest I was just doing my job. We are there to protect and serve.”

This is not the first time that Clive has put his own safety at risk to save another life. In 2015 he was working at The Arch Brighton at the height of Storm Barney when saw a distressed young man trying to enter the sea. He followed him into the waves and wrestled him back to shore. The young man was handed over to the emergency services and he was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Becky Goulding – The Winery, Burton – House of Lords 2021 

Left to right Nigel Connor (JD Wetherspoon), Becky Goulding, Lord Kennedy & Steve Baker National Pubwatch

Becky Goulding has been presented with the Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award for saving a man’s life after he collapsed.

Becky, who is general manager of The Winery Bar Restaurant in Burton, ran to help the customer who had collapsed from cardiac arrest in the car park.

The man has been dining at the venue for lunch with his wife on their 40th wedding anniversary.

Becky immediately started CPR and called for another member of staff to call an ambulance.

Thankfully Becky had recently completed a first aid course and said instinct took hold as she tried to save the man’s life.

“The thing for me is I didn’t realise and still don’t realise just what I did that day,” she said.

“Instinct just takes over. I had just finished a first aid course and you always go on these courses but never think you will need them. You never think you will put it into practice.”

“The way I look at it is that could have been any of my family members. You don’t stop and hesitate you just get straight to it.  I knew he needed CPR. To not even know the man and to be performing CPR was very emotional.”

The good news is that the customer survived and has recovered from the incident.

When she heard she was receiving the award at a dinner at the House of Lords she said it came as a bit of a shock.

“To have saved a man’s life is just out of this world and to then be recognised for it as well. It is incredible.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service praised Becky’s actions, saying she gave him a chance he might not have had.

Grayson Underhill – Thekla Nightclub, Bristol – Cardiff 2020

Left to right: Grayson Underhill & Lord Kennedy

Grayson is the Head Door Supervisor of the Thekla Night Club in Bristol. He was nominated by Matt Jenkinson, the deputy manager of the night club.

Thekla is a rather unique live music venue, being a converted German cargo ship, which has been berthed in Bristol harbour since 1984.
The incident which has led to this nomination, took place in the early hours of 28 November 2018. Two female customers had a disagreement. One wanted to stay and keep on partying, the other wished to leave.

Following the disagreement, both parties walked away from the venue. A few minutes later a member of the public alerted Grayson that a female had jumped into the harbour waters.

The on-duty security team threw ‘life rings’ into the water in the direction of the female, but she ignored requests to swim to the shore and safety and swam further into the middle of the harbour.

Grayson and his colleagues ran to the other side of the harbour in an attempt to maintain sight of the woman. When they arrived at this location, they could clearly see that she had begun to struggle in the water. Grayson immediately made the decision to enter the water and rescue her.

His efforts were hampered by the fact that she refused to cooperate but he eventually managed to pull her to the side of the harbour where she was removed from the water and into a waiting ambulance which provided medical care and took her to hospital.

In nominating Grayson for this award Matt Jenkinson stated that he deserved to be honoured because he had worked alongside Theklas management to build a core team and to create a venue that put customer safety and satisfaction as a priority, where customers felt confident in the security team to deal with any situations and keep them safe.

In describing the incident, he said: “He was able to get the person out safely, without putting himself or others in danger. He showed great assertiveness and quick thinking, resolving a potentially dangerous situation in a matter of minutes.”

Barry Graham – Sir Henry Tate, Chorley – Cardiff 2020

Left to right: Barry Graham & Lord Kennedy

Barry has worked as a door supervisor for many years and is currently the Head Doorman at the Sir Henry Tate JD Wetherspoon Pub in Chorley. He was nominated by the manager Kasper Abols.

The incident which led to this nomination, took place during the evening of Friday 13th December 2019.

A member of the public alerted Barry to the fact that a homeless rough sleeper had collapsed outside the pub. Barry approached the man and attempted to rouse him but he appeared to have ceased breathing. He commenced chest compressions while someone else phoned for an ambulance.

A police officer attended the scene and both he and Barry continued to carry out CPR on the man. They managed to revive him just as an ambulance crew arrived on the scene and took over.

The man returned to the pub the following day and told staff that Barry had saved his life.

In nominating Barry, Kasper Abols stated that he has been a member of the door team for the past year and regularly checks on anyone he see’s sleeping rough in and around the area. He is well known locally and actively involved in the Chorley community.

In his spare time, he volunteers at the LW Storehouse food bank at the Living Waters Church in Chorley which helps the town’s most vulnerable people on a daily basis.

Kasper said: “Wetherspoon and the pub management at The Sir Henry Tate are very proud of his timely actions.”