Our Speakers 2017

See below for details of this years speakers:

Selina Donald

Selina is the co-founder and CEO of The Bulb, a socially conscious events agency working with brands to bring to life their products through live events and campaigns. The Bulb's point of difference is that they are sustainable in everything they do. From the materials and production through to energy measurements, food waste and analysing social impact.   

Selina’s path to setting up The Bulb has been varied, having played a part in several high profile projects including England 2018 World Cup Bid, the production of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for London 2012 and the British House during the Rio Olympics 2016.  She has also worked on the MTV Europe Music Awards, delivered the Qasr Al Hosn festival in Abu Dhabi and was also part of the senior management team for the ITV events team.

Selina sits on the board of ILEA and is a committee member for the UN Women UK.

Jill McCracken - Tournament Safety and Security Director -  England and Wales Cricket Board

Jill was a police officer for over 27 years, spending the majority of the later part of her career working on major national and international sporting and music events.

Her interest in events began back in 1996 when she was part of a small police planning team responsible for planning the police response to the Oasis Concerts at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. The lack of sharing best practise, intelligence and information amongst police forces at that time concerned her and she slowly began to work with partner agencies and other forces to try and bring consistency and a shared understanding of what the threats and risks were associated with large scale events were and how they could be reduced.

As a result of this, she was invited to complete the very first "Crowd and Safety Management” degree course at Buckingham Chiltern University.

Her interest in reducing crime at festivals and events continued and she formally established "Operation Gothic” with police colleagues from Leicestershire, The Metropolitan Police and Hampshire Constabulary.  By sharing information and intelligence with event organisers, security and venues, the group helped reduce crime at festivals and events significantly. This also led to her and the team speaking at Europol to help track and apprehend Organised Crime Groups that targeted events across Europe.

Jill spent a few years at The College of Policing where she redesigned and delivered the National Police Operational Planning course and provided peer reviews and structured debriefing for a range of police forces and other agencies following events of national significance. She also helped design and deliver the "blue light” JESIP training which was designed to improve communication and coordination between the emergency services when dealing with major incidents.

She also held unique operational coordination roles on behalf of the Police Service nationally for the 2012 Olympics, Olympic Torch Relay, Commonwealth Games and 2015 Rugby World Cup.

In August 2016, Jill left the Police Service and began working for the ECB as the Tournament Safety and Security Director, responsible for delivering the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, and the ICC World Cup in 2019. Her remit extends to team and match official security, hotel and route security and venue stadium security liaison.

James Heappey MP

James Heappey is the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in South West England and was first elected in 2015. He has recently been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport. James is the Chairman of the UK chapter of international climate change campaign group Globe and has also chaired cross party groups on Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Technology and the UK's Events Industry. He is a vice-president of the Association for Decentralised Energy and sits on the advisory boards of the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and the Bright Blue think tank's Green Conservatism project. He is also co-chairing a cross party enquiry into the future of the gas grid. James previously served on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee in the House of Commons. He is a committed campaigner on the rural economy – particularly broadband and fair funding for schools and local authorities.

Gill Tee - Founder and Managing Director of Entertee Hire

Following on from working at one of the leading UK radio stations, Capital Radio, as Head of Entertainment, where Gill was responsible for bringing the first ever 100,000 capacity Party in the Park to Hyde Park, Gill then went on to form entertee.

In addition to Producing events and festivals for the past 18 years at entertee for many high profile clients, Gill is also a founder and co-owner of entertee hire, successfully providing high quality, innovative fencing solutions for the event and festival industry.

Marino Fresh - Head of Marketing UK&IE, Eventbrite

Marino is an experienced online marketer and e-commerce professional with over 15 years’ experience defining marketing and web strategies, and executing strong online marketing that has a proven, measurable impact to customers. Before he joined Eventbrite, he worked with leading brands including, eBay, Expedia, Eurostar, Ryanair, John Lewis and BMW. Marino holds an MBA from Cornell University.

Alistair Turner - Managing Director EIGHT PR & Marketing

Alistair Turner is Managing Director of EIGHT PR & Marketing, a specialist creative agency servicing the events industry. Alistair has over 20 years experience in the PR and the events industry’s, working closely with the Business Visits & Events Partnership and the UK government as well as being secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events. He is a regular speaker on events and PR both within the events industry and at Universities where events management is studied.

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