Malcolm Cuthbertson was a key figure and much loved member of the secure documents community.

Malcolm was very proud to have started his working life as a Jackaroo in Australia. Following this he returned to the UK and had an extremely distinguished career in the British Army where he rose to the rank of Major.

Malcolm first joined Bradbury Wilkinson in 1981 and then transferred to De La Rue as part of the acquisition in 1986. He started life in De La Rue as a banknote salesman but soon joined the Identity business where he later became one of the industry’s most renowned and highly respected experts on global travel documents and passports.

Malcolm’s impact and influence has been unrivalled within the industry; he acted as the ISO Principle UK Expert on Machine Readable Travel Documents and sat on one of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) working groups. He also participated in various travel document workshops with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Organisation for American States (OAS).

Malcolm became one of the most knowledgeable people in the passport world and was for so many people the ‘go to’ person when they were wrestling with a difficult issue.

In 2003 Malcolm was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Keesings Journal and in 2012 he joined the Intergraf Committee of Experts of the International Security Printers Conference.

One thing that he felt very passionate about was the need to bring like minded people together and it was with this in mind that he embraced the concept of the document producers working closely with the fraud labs. This is now the accepted practice in so many countries.