eResponse Group to host International Crowd Safety and Security Conference

Andy Hollinson

Andy Hollinson

eResponse Crowd Safety, part of the eResponse Group, is set to host the International Crowd Safety and Security Conference on 17 March. The free-to-attend all-day event at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham will see renowned experts discuss everything from counter-terrorism at events to the science behind managing crowds.

The conference is being hosted by eResponse Crowd Safety’s Andy Hollinson as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to improve crowd safety around the world as the business trains a growing number of staff who presently manage security and safety for major events including stadium concerts, football matches and the recent Rugby World Cup.

Crowd safety expert Hollinson informed Risk UK: “It’s great to be hosting our first-ever conference, bringing together the best and brightest minds in the business. Many companies, and particularly smaller ones, simply don’t have the budget to attend something like this if there’s a fee attached. In light of the constant vigilance needed due to terrorism, we believe the subjects at conference are for everyone who takes responsibility for the safety of others. They need to be able to discuss and learn from such topics.”

Other subjects to be aired on the day include training for crowd safety, accessing funding and crowd psychology.

Impressive array of academic experts

The conference is scheduled to bring together an impressive range of academic experts and industry practitioners including Dr Mick Upton (founder of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies at Buckinghamshire New University), Dr John Drury (reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex) and Clifford Stott, Professor of Social Psychology at Keele University.

Also speaking at the event will be the widely-respected Heather McGill, who served as head of guest experience at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hollinson and his colleague Robbie Naish will also be making presentations on the day.

In terms of delegates, the conference is aimed at event managers, security and crowd safety companies, football safety officers, arena safety managers and stadium managers.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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