Our Speakers 2019
She became involved in the Resilience Sector by leading a 5-year programme to design and deliver multi-agency, simulation based, training exercises for Strategic Commanders in the Public Sector in 2007; and in 2011 launched Training 4 Resilience with her Business Partner Adrian Seward.
She has designed and delivered over 150 crisis management and emergency exercises since 2007 for a wide portfolio of clients including Premiership Football and Rugby Clubs; Music Festivals and Concerts; the NATO Summit; the Tour de France and all London 2012 Olympic Venues.
She has also put together numerous training programmes and events for teams to develop their crisis management and emergency response capabilities; as well as specific training courses such as Steward Training. In addition, she also manages volunteers steward teams for large events and festivals.
Before entering politics in 2015, James served as an officer in The Rifles regiment of the British Army including three combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an enthusiastic sports fan and still plays a little rugby, tennis and golf. He is married with two young children and lives in Somerset.
Chris started his safety career in a freelance capacity, before joining Richard Limb at Capita in 2012, and then moved to ACT in early 2016. Now working in a very hands on Directorial position, Chris is passionate about ensuring clients and event organisers have the highest standard of competent safety advice at their disposal.
Chris is currently heavily involved in multiple music and cultural events across the Middle East as well as some of the most high-profile sporting and cultural events in the UK and Europe.
Born and bred on the family with livestock and horses and living within 6 miles of the showground it was inevitable that the Shows would be a big part of my life.
Since arriving at the Showground at Shepton Mallet 18 years ago I worked to improve the standard of the stands attending. Then looked at layout and tried to create some more open trading area’s rather than just rows of tents. Along with this was the decision to take the Food & Drink Exhibitors out of the Food hall and place around a “big top” music tent, which has been very successful.
My passion is showing Horse’s Livestock and Poultry and have used this knowledge to improve and expand the classes and section within the Show. This would also include the Dairy Show with new classes and focusing on young handlers.
From 1977 to 1996 I ran a small charity called Festival Welfare Services, providing a range of support services at festivals.
From 1996-99 I worked on the “Event Safety Guide” with the UK Health & Safety Executive and a consortium of event industry professional associations. I was adviser to HSE on their guide ‘Managing Crowds Safely’ and to the UK Home Office on ‘Safer Clubbing’ guidance for drug safety in clubs and at dance events.
I helped with the development of the entertainment industry BTEC courses for the Production Services Association and Loughborough College from 1997 and from 1999 I worked on the development of the Events NVQs for the Travel, Tourism, Events National Training Organisation, Newham College and the National Outdoor Events Association.
In 2004 I worked with the International Live Music Conference Safety Focus Group and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University to develop pan-European health and safety guidance for live music event workers, funded by the European Occupational Safety & Health Agency.
In 2009-2010 I produced a research report with Buckinghamshire New University, for HSE, investigating four case study events and guidance for crowd safety management at street/unusual events.
As well as providing welfare services, since 2009 I have been a volunteer sustainability assessor for A Greener Festival and have assessed festivals in UK & other European countries.
In 2015 I produced the Welfare Handbook section for the Purple Guide (Pop Code) website with practical guidance on how to set up a range of services to support audiences at events. I have recently worked on a good practice guide for the welfare of workers at events, now published on the Purple Guide website.
In January 1995, I received The Event Services Association Award for outstanding contribution to the events industry and in January 2003 I received the Total Production ‘unsung hero’ award for services to the event industry. In November 2016 I received the Association of Independent Festivals ‘unsung hero’ award.