Safer Crowds, Safer Venues Conference Programme

BOOKING: UKCMA members £50.00 and non-members £75.00. Book here.

The Safer Crowds, Safer Venues conference will bring together the numerous creative, operational, and safety functions essential for hosting activities of all scales, offering a 360° perspective of the planning process and delivery environment for professionals in the events and festivals industry.

The conference will be relevant to a wide audience, including crowd management professionals, local authorities, venue owners, arts organisations, promoters, students, and event organisers, and will feature speakers and training sessions tailored for all skill levels.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by: Baroness Casey, who will discuss the 2020 Wembley disorder; Laurence Taylor, Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DACSO), Metropolitan Police, who will talk about the challenges of policing events and festivals; and Heather Baily, Chair of the SIA, who will speak on the role of private security in festivals and events.

Other agenda items will include:

  • Adapting to Changing Crowd Behaviours
  • Navigating Small Venue Logistics
  • Collaborating with Safety Advisory Groups
  • Insights on Incoming Legislation
  • Managing Extreme Weather Contingencies
  • Understanding Zone Ex

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Keynote Speakers

Heather Baily QPM

Chair of the SIA

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Laurence Taylor

Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC), Metropolitan Police

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The Baroness Casey of Blackstock DBE CB

Cross Bench Peer

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Presenters and Panellists

Anne Marie Chebib

Managing Director | Select Security and Stewarding Ltd
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Dr Aoife Hunt MBE

Specialist in people movement and emergency planning
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Becky Stevens

Managing Director | Hybred Events
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Emma Parkinson

Course Director | Coventry University
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Emma Stuart

Events and Operations Manager
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Eric Stuart QPM

Director | Gentian Events
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Gareth Hughes

Head of Production | Walk the Plank
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Gary Brooks

Client Director - EMS | Senior Specialist | SR Entertainment Media & Sport Insurance
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Ian Baird

Outdoor Events Development Manager | Brighton and Hove City Council
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Jim Winship

Secretary | Events Industry Forum
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Julie Tippins

Head of Compliance | DHP Family
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Mark Logan

Director | Showsec International Ltd
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Michael Kill

CEO/Director | Night Time Industries Association (NTIA)
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Mike Grieve

Managing Director | Sub Club
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Oliver Gardiner

Managing Director | Vespasian Security
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Paul Townsend

Director | Crowd Dynamics International Ltd (Buro Happold)
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Ric Robins

Head of Operational Expertise Propositions | Met Office
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Russ Phillips

Consultant | Island Site Protective & Crowd Guard
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Sacha Lord

MD WHP/Parklife & Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester.
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Sander Teunissen

Managing Director | Crowd Cows
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Stuart Doyle

Stadium Safety Officer | Wembley Stadium
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Stella Hall

Freelance Creative Producer | Conference Compere
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Conference Programme

Day 1 – Tuesday 12th March

12:15-13:00Registration and coffee
13:00-13:10Ben Houchen, Tees Valley MayorWelcome to Tees Valley
13:15-13:55Baroness CaseyThe 2021 Wembley Disorder
14:00-15:00Eric Stuart - Chair (UKCMA / Gentian Events)Understanding Crowds: Behaviour, Dynamics and Modelling.
Dr Aoife Hunt (GHD, University of Greenwich)
Paul Townsend (Crowd DNA)
Sander Teunissen (Crowd Cows)
15:30-16:15Eric Stuart - Chair (UKCMA / Gentian Events)Crowd Management Good Practice: Supporting Documentation for Performance and Licensed Spaces in the United Kingdom.
Annie Chebib (UKCMA / Select Security and Stewarding)
Michael Kill (NTIA)
16:20-17:20Heather Baily (Chair of the SIA)Private Security: The Role in Crowd Safety
17:20-17:30Stella HallClose and setting the scene for day 2
17:30-19:00Drinks reception
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Day 2 – Wednesday 13th March

09:15-10:00Registration and coffee
10:00-10:10Stella HallWelcome to day 2
10:15-10:55Laurence Taylor (Met Police)The Challenges of Policing Events and Festivals
11:00-12:00Emma Stuart - ChairThe Ex Factor: Who Owns Zone Ex?
Russ Phillips (Crowd Guard)
Becky Stevens (Hybred Events)
Mark Logan (Showsec)
12:50-14:00Russ Phillips (Island Site Protective)The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill: Incoming Legislation

Day 2 – Breakout Sessions

14:15-15:00Eric Stuart (Gentian Events, UKCMA)Working With SAGs
14:15-15:00Jim Winship (EIF)The Purple Guide: Bringing More Consistency to Outdoor Event Management
14:15-15:00Emma Parkinson (Coventry University, Glastonbury Festival)Scaling Up, Silo'd Thinking and the Bits Between the Bits: Crowd Management at Large Festivals
15:15-16:00Eric Stuart - ChairWhatever The Weather: Changing Weather Patterns and Weather Cancellations
Gary Brooks (SR Entertainment Media & Sport Insurance)
Gareth Hughes (Walk the Plank)
Ric Robbins (Met Office)
15:15-16:00Michael Kill - Chair (NTIA)The Night-Time Economy: The Future for Music and Small Venues
Sacha Lord (Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Chair of the NTIA, and Co-Founder of The Warehouse Project and Co-Founder of Parklife)
Julie Tippins (Head of Compliance, DHP Family)
Mike Grieve (Managing Director, SubClub Glasgow)
15:15-16:00Ollie Gardiner - Chair (Vespasian Security)Building the Right Team
Ian Baird (LAEOG / Brighton and Hove City Council)
Stuart Doyle (Stadium Safety Officer,
Wembley Stadium)

BOOKING: UKCMA members £50.00 and non-members £75.00. Book here.

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Behavioural Analysis 2024

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Gentian Events Ltd

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SR Entertainment Media & Sport Insurance

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