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10th Annual Training Conference - 2021

Due to Covid-19 the annual LAEOG conference due to take place in October 2021 in Leicester has been cancelled and will now take place via Zoom.

In its place we have organised a week of lunchtime lectures from Monday 4th to Friday 8th October 2021

These lectures are free to attend for members of LAEOG who will receive their personal invitation by email.

Monday 4th October – 12 noon to 2pm

Pete Dalton - PAD Command Consultancy


Security concepts of operations for crowded space events


  • Threats to events
  • Multi-agency planning
  • Safety security & service
  • High level concept of operations

 Delivered through a presentation and case study exercise.

Pete is an international Protective Security Consultant and former UK Specialist Police Commander with most of his service dedicated to Specialist Operations. He has worked extensively within the Counter Terrorism Policing Network, Security Agencies and within complex

event management and incident command structures.

Pete has coordinated tactical planning and performed key command roles at events of national and international significance, including the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Miss Meghan Markle, visit of President Trump and International D-Day 75.

Pete was a Counter Terrorism Security Coordinator, providing advice and developing Protective Security plans to minimise, mitigate and manage threats towards significant events.

Pete is currently working with the National Centre for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4) and Interpol, developing and delivering the International Sports Safety and Security Training Programme and coordinating the ongoing Interpol Stadia Pandemic Project.

Pete provides training and lectures in Crowded Space Management and Protective Security Concepts of Operations. He is engaged with international clients to design, develop and deliver complex concepts of operations for major international sporting events.

Tuesday 5th October – 12 noon to 2pm

Eric Stuart QPM, BA Director Gentian Events Limited


'Is our brain the enemy during emergencies?  Understanding some basic aspects that help us plan better for crowds in a crisis'

Eric is the director of Gentian Events and the Chair of the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA). He is also a board member of the Events Industry Forum (EIF) and on the steering group for the Police National Events Intelligence Unit. 

He is a Crowd Safety Manager for events ranging from summer festivals and concerts through to Edinburgh Hogmanay and is also engaged with crowd management at many complex ‘crowded space’ environments including large shopping centres and religious gatherings across the US, Canada and the UK. The largest of these include the 800,000 Vaisakhi Parade in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

He holds a FdA and BA in Crowd Safety Management and was the co-author of the 2015 UK Good Practice Guide to working in Safety Advisory Groups. He also supported the UK Government Cabinet Office ‘EPC’ in its rewrite and re-launch in 2019. 

He has supported crowd management operations at St Patrick’s Day in Toronto, and the largest Diwali celebrations outside India in Leicester, UK. 

He has been involved in Crowd Safety for 17 years and was the police planning lead for Notting Hill Carnival 1.1 million, London New Year’s Eve of 450k and the 70-day London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, viewed by an estimated 14 million people. At the end of his service, he was awarded the Queens Policing medal for dedication to duty, leadership and professionalism in his 33 years of police service.  

He delivers Crowd Safety Management training in Europe, the USA and Canada. 

Most recently he supported and wrote parts of the US Event Safety Alliance in their successful efforts to launch an ANSI Standard for Crowd Management which was approved and launched in 2020, becoming the first international standard in crowd safety management across the world.  

He has undertaken safety reviews into dozens of venues and events including the (est) 2-million-person Toronto Raptors Victory Parade and re-written evacuation plans for the Sellafield Nuclear Site.

Wednesday 6th October 12.30pm to 1pm

Ellie Greenwood & Jackie Fitzsimons 

‘Managing events during COVID and beyond: update and sharing best practice’

Ellie Greenwood – Local Government Association

Senior Adviser (Community safety and regulation)

After spending the first part of her career working at the newly established Electoral Commission, Ellie joined a small strategy consultancy working primarily with local government, undertaking projects in ICT, customer contact and adult social care. In 2007, she moved to the Local Government Association where she has previously undertaken a senior policy role in local government finance (including managing the development of spending review submissions and the sector’s response to the 2008 Icelandic banks crisis) and a programme manager role in the organisation’s productivity programme (launching a large-scale adult social care efficiency programme). Since September 2013, she has worked in the safer communities’ team, covering a range of issues including regulatory services, community cohesion, modern slavery and civil resilience.

Jackie Fitzsimons - Office for Product Safety and Standards

Regulatory Delivery Manager

Jackie joined the OPSS Local Delivery Team in 2019 and works directly and strategically with local authority regulatory services facilitating local collaboration and conversation with local regulatory leads and national regulators, businesses and growth hubs to aid strategic delivery of local regulation. This is promoted and implemented in part through the successful Better Business for All programme (BBfA), Primary Authority and Regulators Code. Jackie has over 25 years regulatory experience as an Environmental Health Practitioner and local authority regulatory services manager. This includes practical experience and regulatory input in planning and regulation of a wide variety of large and small scale events.

Wednesday 6th October 1pm to 2pm

Helen Vine & Claire Land : Care Quality Commission

Medical provision at events

Helen Vine - Sector Delivery and Oversight Manager, Hospitals

Helen is the Sector Delivery and Oversight Manager for ambulances at the Care Quality Commission. Working in the Hospitals Directorate Delivery team, Helen leads the delivery and oversight of independent and NHS ambulance sector inspections. She leads on learning for inspection teams, works closely with policy, strategy and intelligence colleagues and engages with external partners to ensure the successful delivery of regulatory activity. Helen is also CQC’s sector lead for hospices. Prior to joining the Commission, Helen worked in operational management and compliance in the independent ambulance sector.


Claire Land - Head of Acute Policy, Engagement, Policy & Strategy

Claire is the Head of Acute Policy at the Care Quality Commission, leading the acute policy team which provides support to the Hospitals Directorate inspection teams who regulate a range of services in the acute and ambulance sectors. Claire is the policy lead for ambulance services in both the NHS and independent sector, working closely with their inspection teams to provide policy support and guidance. She has been involved in the development of a number of national reports published by CQC, including State of Care in Independent Ambulances an Under Pressure: Safely Managing Increased Demand in Emergency Departments. Prior to joining the Commission, she was a Service Manager in the women and children’s directorate of an acute trust.

Thursday 7th October 12noon to 2pm

Steve Blake - Director Storm 4 Events Ltd (Event Safety, Security & Crowd Safety Specialist)


Counter Terrorism, Crowds, Competence and Chaos!

An overview of the possible impact of the proposed ‘Protect Duty’, The Manchester Inquiry, Grey Space and its impact on the Industry.

Current Law and Legislation.

The State of the Industry and its impact on CT.

Unrealistic outcomes around its delivery for the industry.

Grey Space and Publicly Accessible Locations.

Liability, staffing, training, risk assessment and management.

Venue and event responsibilities and liabilities.

Emergency Safety Planning for CT.

Realistic CT Risk Management.

Snake oil salesmen and CT Competence.

Where do we go from here

Steve is an Event Safety, Security and Crowd Safety specialist having over 40 years experience in the events and security industry and has undertaken numerous senior roles, including Safety, Security and Crowd Management Manager for the Tour de France 2014 (Stages One and Two of the UK Grand Depart), the world’s largest annual sporting event, returned to Glastonbury Festival in 2017 as part of the Senior Crowd Safety Team and in 2018 he undertook the Safety and Crowd Management Consultant Role for the National Armed Forces Day National Event.

He is Vice Chair of the UKCMA (United Kingdom Crowd Management Association), a Member of the UKCMA Strategic Development Group, a Member of the Association of Security Consultants, SAGE (Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment) and is listed on the UK Register of Independent Security Consultants, also siting on the Event Industry Forum, the DCMS Event Industry Board Working Group and the Security Industry Authority Event and Festival Group, National Events Intelligence Unit (NEIU) Industry Forum and has just stepped down after 3 years on the IOSH Sports Ground and Events Group Committee.

Friday 8th October 12noon to 2pm

Helen Marriage MBE Director of Artichoke


Transforming People and Places’

Helen Marriage is Director of Artichoke, one of the UK’s most innovativecreative companies. Founded in 2006, the company’s presentation of Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant in the heart of central London set a benchmark for large-scale spectacles that invade public space and reinvent the notion of a city’s landscape.

In 2009 Artichoke began its landmark Lumiere series in Durham with events following in Derry~Londonderry and London. Artichoke has worked in Northern Ireland with Deborah Warner/Fiona Shaw’s Peace Camp as well as creating Temple in Derry in 2015. The following year saw Great Fire 350, a commemoration of the events of 1666 commissioned by the City of London.

In 2018, Artichoke masterminded PROCESSIONS, a celebration of 100 years since the vote was first gained by women in the UK commissioned by 1418

Now. In 2019 she was appointed Creative Director of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

Helen’s interests have always centred on the conjunction of art, civic disruption, public engagement and the transformation of daily life. In 2012, she was awarded a prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard in recognition of her ongoing work with urban life. She was awarded an MBE for services to the arts in 2016. She is an Area Council member for Arts Council England in London.