Our Speakers 2018
BJ developed his interest over the years in public order and event policing, as well as gaining policing experience across London in both uniform and plain clothes and gained an important understanding of the critical role of community policing, both in building community confidence as well as fighting crime. He later gained responsibility for the Secure Counter Terrorist Custody suite and qualified as an advanced public order commander and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Police Leadership from Leicester University during this period.
In 2006 BJ was promoted to Superintendent where he led community and response policing and oversaw the implementation of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as the policing of Millwall Football club. He developed key multi agency partnerships and joint tasking across a range of issues including licensing, crime prevention and drug and alcohol intervention.
He also took over leading the Criminal Investigation Department alongside his operations function. This provided him with valuable insight into more complex crime investigations as the opportunity to integrate these often separate areas of work. It was also during this period that he graduated as part of the Cabinet Office LeadersUK senior public service leadership programme. He continued as a public order commander at events such as Notting Hill Carnival.
In 2012 BJ worked as one of the Silver commanders for the London Olympics and from there was seconded to the MPS One Met Model change team. In this role and working to the Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Specialist Crime and Operations where he led the development and change of Pan London Policing operations and Specialist Crime.
Throughout his senior career BJ has led some high profile and sensitive operations including Gold Commander for state visits, large scale public disorder and ceremonial events. He has an extensive operational background in both central and borough based roles. He maintains his role as Public Order Gold, Strategic Firearms and CT Commander.
During his career his direct contact with senior executives across many different sectors has helped him develop a comprehensive grasp of key messages and issues. He has the ability to translate often complex topics by using the power of storytelling to create both memorable and engaging communications. His focus is always on the core communication objectives – what do we want the audience to think, feel and do?
His ability to instil confidence and ensure high quality delivery despite really challenging situations has been honed in a number of key roles that he has held during his career. Perhaps the most challenging of these was the 10 year stint spent working for three different Prime Ministers when he was Director of Live Events at the UK Government’s marketing communications agency. His work at the very heart of Whitehall included running both G8 and G20 meetings, launching London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and managing a series of historic regional Cabinet meetings for both Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
Apart from his regular client commitments, he has recently run a bespoke speaker training programme for R&D scientists from a global pharma brand in support of an international product launch, spoken at a number of events on behalf of the Business Visits and Events Partnership about the impact of BREXIT on the UK events sector (he serves as a Vice Chair of the BVEP) and helped facilitate roundtable meetings between government departments and key event industry representatives as part of his work for the Event Industry Board, established by the Government to advise on UK competitiveness in the global event marketplace.
Louise secured the role of Staff officer to the NPCC lead for events and sport in October 2017 and in that short period of time has built up vital working relationships with both police and industry nationally to ensure improved national consistency and ultimately the safety of the public and festivals and sporting events.
In 2011 he was given a project by the current Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole to look at the customer experience of people attending the Download festival. This highlighted that we do not talk or share with our own police colleagues in the UK let alone internationally, So with several other likeminded police officers around the country Operation Gothic was created
As a result of all this work Kevin is now one of the UK’s intelligence leads within the National Events Intelligence Operations Unit (NEIU) which is based within the Force intelligence bureau at Leicestershire Police HQ. The NEIU is now funded with Kev and Helen seconded to the Project for the 3 years.
Helen played a key role in developing Operation Gothic, which ultimately led to the formation of the National Events Intelligence Unit (NEIU). Working with her colleague Kev Walker in the Unit, which is based at Leicestershire Police HQ, Helen is now seconded to this project for 3 years.
Throughout his career, Robin has been a champion of the events industry and developed strong working relationships with leading organisations and businesses. Robin is particularly engaged within the tourism and sporting events industries and as a result has close ties to the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the RICOH Women’s British Open and The Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo, to name but a few.
Robin says the biggest achievement of his career was implementing a structured rental partnership to ensure vehicle hire for events, no matter how big or small, runs as smoothly as possible.
Fun fact: Robin is an identical twin!
Having started off his working life in Agriculture and Equestrianism, Chris moved into safety in 2004 and has been the Group Head of Safety and competent person for fire safety and lead fire risk assessor for the NEC Group in Birmingham and MD of his own event safety company (ESP) which merged with A.C.T. in 2018. Chris has had the opportunity to work on some amazing clients and events from local community events to international spectaculars both here in the U.K. and across the world.
Outside of the office Kevin enjoys spending time with his young family.
Tom was a member of the working party involved in the writing of the Event Guide and Safety at Sports Grounds Guide, produced by the Health and Safety Executive, as well as Disability at Events Guide, produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
Seen by some within the industry as an expert in crowd management, Tom is also a visiting speaker at Robert Gordon University.
Tom has a Diploma in Events Safety Management from Derby University and is currently Vice Chairman of the National Outdoor Events Organisation (NOEA).
A Race Director for the last thirty years and the proud Chairman of the Triangle Triathlon Club, he has been the organiser of the Irish Triathlon Championships, the Home Nations International Triathlon Championships, an Ironman Distance Race and a European Duathlon Cup Race, all on the scenic North Coast of Ireland.
Peter gets tetchy if he’s cooped up inside for too long and he needs to feel the influence and rhythm of the great outdoors on his soul to keep him spiritually alive. He is used to getting soaked on the bike, or on long runs, but thankfully he has discovered that his skin is water tight. There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
Caroline is passionate about advancing the profile and performance of the valuable people within the events sector and is proud to be a mentor on the Fast Forward 15 programme.
Caroline has researched, presented and published on music festivals, music tourism, the event experience, the planning and sponsorship of events and event education. She is currently investigating creativity in events, supported by the Events Industry Forum and the professionalisation of the event sector supported by BVEP. She is on a project team researching Trust Repair and has been Creating a Virtual Interactive Environment for Event Planning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David’s particular specialty is providing expertise to clients planning complex bespoke events, and has worked on some of the most iconic events in the UK outdoor events industry, from festivals, to sporting events and exhibitions.
Meanwhile Louise herself has transitioned from a young event manager to a fully fledged, successful events business owner. She is passionate about the festival and outdoor events industry and talks regularly on the industry, its progression and specifically on the role of women in events.