Ex-Beatles bodyguard to speak at event safety conference

The Live Events, Safety and Competence Conference will feature panels from speakers including ex-Beatles and Rolling Stones bodyguard Dr Mick Upton.

The event, media partnered with Access All Areas, is designed to support and develop health and safety competence for the events sector.

The one-day conference will take place on 17 November 2015 at London South Bank University, featuring talks on topical safety issues facing events.

The conference will provide a rare chance to hear directly from the HSE’s construction division about the application of CDM2015.

The lead conference speakers are:

Gavin Bull from the HSE
Chris Higgs of NRAG and LEEA
Michael Anderson of SAGE
Mick Upton of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies (ICCMS)
Emma Parkinson of Buckinghamshire New University and the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies (BNU and ICCMS)
Greg Brown of IIRSM
James Eade of IET and SAGE

The conference’s objective is to offer technical updates and solutions and to debate how the industry identifies and support events sector competence in health and safety.

Chris Hannam, owner of Stagesafe, said the sector needs a relevant and reliable source of competence and the reassurance.

“I see people advertising their services as event safety consultants with very low level qualifications and very little experience, especially in the more technical areas of events,” he added.

“Our event is an attempt to raise standards of professional event safety consultants, hammer out a few issues, provide some training that can be used as CPD, and try to maintain a respectable level of fee for professional consultants, unfortunately promoters do go by price rather than quality. The long term objective is to develop an industry wide CPD scheme and register specifically for event safety practitioners.”

The day will also be suitable for event safety practitioners, stage, tour and production managers, event organisers and promoters, students on event management courses and anyone with an interest in event safety.

Venue: London, South Bank University. 103 Borough Road, London SE1 OAA 
Date: 17 November 2015
Time: 0900 – 1730
Cost: £162 for IIRSM and SAGE members, £180 others (inclusive of VAT). Tea/Coffee and buffet lunch included.
To register for the conference: www.regonline.co.uk/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1736570