Our Speakers 20182018-10-09T13:58:56+00:00

Our Speakers 2018

Ben-Julian Harrington
Ben-Julian HarringtonChief Constable
Ben-Julian or ‘BJ’ started his policing career when he joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1990 as a police constable in North East London.
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.
Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes
With over 30 years experience of working in the creative communications sector, Simon has wealth of first-hand expertise and knowledge to share, which he does with a wide range of audiences on a regular basis. As a practitioner he works with clients such as the IoD, Investors Weekly and International Banker who use him to facilitate conferences, host awards and undertake live interviews with banking CEOs from around the world.

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.

DS Louise Wilson
DS Louise Wilson
Louise started her career patrolling the busy Southend area of Essex before moving on to CID in Chelmsford where she became an accredited Detective. Louise was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2015. She developed a Missing Persons Liaison team at Essex Police Headquarters which entailed the recruiting, training and supervising of a large number of officers and police staff across Essex. She pro-actively and successfully built positive working relationships with each Local Authority in Essex and neighbouring counties and actively promoted a multi-agency approach towards vulnerable people.

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.

PC Kevin Walker
PC Kevin Walker
Kevin has been a Police officer for 26 years working and has worked within the Intelligence/covert world since 2004, during his time in the police Kevin as specialised in events had been the lead intelligence officer at the Download festival since 2006 (heavy rock cap 120.000).

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 Dawson
Helen Dawson
Helen has been an Intelligence Analyst for Leicestershire Police for almost 23 years. Based in the Force Intelligence Bureau, she has for the last eight years been the lead Police Intelligence Analyst at the Download Festival. She also played a pivotal role in assessing intelligence risks on the Community Tension, Public Order & Events Desk.

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.

Robin Clements
Robin Clements
Robin Clements from Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental has more than 20 years’ experience in the rental industry. In his current role as Corporate UK Sales Manager, Robin facilitates the corporate sales for car and van rental including the events industry. Based in Glasgow, he manages and oversees the work of 28 employees who are all committed to helping the corporate rental industry grow.

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!

Cris Hall
Cris Hall
Chris is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH, Director at A.C.T. (National) Ltd and the Vice Chair for the IOSH Sports Grounds and Events Group. He has over 14 years’ experience specialising in the event safety and fire safety sector.

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.

Kevin Wade
Kevin Wade
Kevin joined Wrightsure in 2005 on our Non-Motor Division. He has been in the insurance industry since 2002. In 2016 Kevin became an Associate Director. Kevin’s area of speciality is Non-Motor & Performing Arts, he enjoys the variety and never is the day dull. Highly experienced in technical insurance matters and dealing with unusual & complex risks. Kevin is Cert CII qualified and in 2015 completed a 12 month Chartered Insurance Institute accredited Management & Leadership programme.
Outside of the office Kevin enjoys spending time with his young family.
Becky has worked on outdoor events for over 20 years in numerous different roles. At Brighton & Hove City Council she worked on the (now infamous) Big Beach Boutique 2 before working for PR companies, charities and NGO’s delivering numerous engagement and mass participation events across the UK. In 2012 Becky set up Hybred Events, an event safety consultancy, and works with clients to deliver exceptional events safely. Current clients include Brighton Pride, Black Deer Live, Luna Cinema, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Great Escape Festival and Big Church Day Out. Becky joined the NOEA Council in 2017.
James Heappey MP
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.
Tom Clements
Tom Clements
Tom has been involved within the security and crowd management industry since 1990, during which time he has been involved with many major live music and sporting events, gaining a wealth of experience working at all levels of the command chain, both as deputy and lead manager.

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).

Marino Fresh
Marino FreshHead 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.
Adam Goodyer
Adam GoodyerCEO of LiveStyled
Adam is an award-winning entrepreneur with a proven track record within the music and live events industries. LiveStyled powers the mobile customer experience of the worlds biggest venues. Clients include AEG Europe, Live Nation and The SSE Arena, Belfast. One of the most recent venues to launch with LiveStyled was The O2, London. The LiveStyled platform uses mobile data science to understand consumer behaviour in venues. It then serves personalised content and offers through its white-labelled mobile apps, or integration with existing apps, to drive incremental revenue.
Peter Jack
Peter JackLawyer/Ironman Triathlete/Ultra Marathoner/Hiker and Climber/Race Director/Author
Born in a city, but now living in the glorious Northern Irish countryside with views of the hills of Donegal and the sea, Peter loves outdoor life and wants to cram in as much as possible into each and every day. He trains 6 days a week and this year his targets included an 88K foot race inside 12 hours and also completing 1,000 miles of running and 1,500 miles of biking – as well as climbing in the mountains of Bulgaria and hiking the Camino in Northern Spain.

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.

 Dr Caroline Jackson
Dr Caroline JacksonBournemouth University
Caroline has over 30 years of experience designing, delivering, teaching and researching events. She Chairs the Association for Events Management Education whose aim is to advance events education and research in the UK. She is Vice Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP). BVEP is the umbrella organisation that represents the UK leading trade and professional organisations, government agencies and other significant influencers in the business visits and events sector.

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.

Jill McCracken
Jill McCrackenTournament 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.

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.

Nick Morgan
Nick MorganFounder and CEO of The Fair
NIck has been involved in the festival and event industry for over 20 years and has particular experience in producing independent festivals, large scale shows, Placemaking and health and safety management for events. Nick oversees The Fair’s Event Production and Event Safety and Licensing divisions. He regularly speaks at events on topics including  Licensing, Festival Health & Safety and Production, Placemaking, The Experience Economy, up-scaling and growth and is also a committee member of NOEA, SAGE and the AIF. So far this summer alone, Nick and The Fair have produced and supported festivals that include Eastern Electrics, Garage Nation, Gottwood, Bournemouth 7s, Houghton, Sunborn, GALA, Percolate Open Air and Holi Festival of Colours.
Paul Smith
Paul SmithDirector of City & Spectator Experience: ICC Global Events at England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Paul has more than 20-years’ experience in the sports industry, working across a range major events and tournaments including three summer Olympic Games, the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) and 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Paul is currently Director of City & Spectator Experience for the ECB, working to deliver a range of spectator, sponsor and host city activations for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales. Paul was previously Head of City Delivery for England 2015 where he was responsible for the largest Fanzone program in RWC history, including a live screening of the RWC Final in Trafalgar Square. Prior to that Paul was Sponsorship Manager for Cadbury delivering their award-winning London 2012 activation campaign and he has also worked for the International Tennis Federation, NBA Europe and the sports marketing agency Fasttrack.
 Ian Taylor
Ian TaylorEvent Site Service
Beginning his career in Events Management organising events for the UK’s largest conservation charity, after which he returned to education to study for a BA (Hons.) in Events Management at the University of Derby and also later completed the University of Derby Level 5 Diploma in Event Safety Management. This has offered him fantastic opportunities, working across the industry in various roles including running event control rooms and site managing large scale outdoor events. Ian now runs his own company, Event Site Services, helping event organisers with creative site solutions from total site management, to infrastructure specification and delivery as well as a host of other services, Ian is also a NOEA Council Member, growing and building relationships between students and industry through the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association.
Gill Tee
Gill TeeFounder 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.

David Tunnicliffe
David Tunnicliffe
David Tunnicliffe is Commercial Director GL events UK and is one of the most recognized faces in the UK events industry. He was previously a board member of the International Live Event Association (ILEA) and is now a regular feature within the work of NOEA (National Outdoor Events Association). David has become a specialist in the world of temporary structures at major events. Previously he worked with De Boer Structures, before joining specialists GL events UK in 2016.

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.

Alistair Turner
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.
Louise Young
Louise Young
Louise Young is part of the creative talent team behind the outstanding Strawberries & Creem Festival, that has taken place in Cambridge every summer for the last f​our​ years. Alongside an organisational team of five founders, Louise has grown the festival from a 1,000 people garden party, to the city’s most popular​ music​ festival. The event now attracts well over ​7​,000 people, and a global line up including Nelly, Shaggy, Wiley, Kano, Skepta, Shy FX, Big Narstie and Sir David Rodigan.

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.

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