LOCAL AUTHORITIES EVENTS ORGANISERS GROUP                                          

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Committee Members

Vanessa Allen Major Events Programme Manager Bradford Council and Chair of LAEOG 


Vanessa has been working in Bradford, planning and delivering events for over 25 years.The events team have worked on an extremely varied programme of events such as Bradford Festival, Illuminate Bradford, Tour de Yorkshire, sporting celebrations; Royal visits and the list goes on. The team are involved with all aspects of events management from creative programming, production, to health and safety etc. The team are also responsible for managing external events bookings for City Park and advising organisers on all issues relating to events management

Like many other local authorities, the events team is only small but together they have learned to be resourceful, creative and have built up the stamina required in this field of work.


Vanessa is happy to chat about all event management issues and share experience and knowledge built up over the years from both the practical and safety side to being creative with events in unusual spaces

Ian Taylor, Events Manager Brighton & Hove Council and Vice Chair of LAEOG

Ian has been at Brighton and Hove Council for 31 years, 6 as House Manager at the Brighton Centre and 25 as the city’s Events Manager. Previously having been employed as a stagehand, projectionist, venue and nightclub manager. So a whole working life in events. He is now unable to go out unsupervised.

Employed in his current role for Brighton’s hosting of the Tour de France in 1994 will possibly be most remembered locally as the man that booked Fat Boy Slim.


Stronger points: Strategy, Policy, Local Government and politics, Business and community relationships, Finance, Licensing
Proper Football (unlike Stephen’s)
Don’t let me near: Health and Safety (although I have all the necessary training)

Sue Bull Administrator LAEOG

Sue was a founder member of LAEOG and worked in events for 20+ years until she took early retirement in 2011.

She looks after LAEOG's administration and membership and can be contacted at treasurer.laeog@gmail.com

Sue works limited hours so please allow up to 5 working days for a reply

Andy McNicholl Liverpool City Council

Andy and the team in Liverpool take responsibility and undertake all aspects of the planning and implementation of large scale events – indoors and outdoors – across a variety of environments including heritage sites, parkland, maritime and urban areas. The city continues to stage a strong programme of major events and is using events to spearhead the continuing regeneration of the city and to realise its vision to be recognised as a confident, competitive international city that welcomes visitors, students and businesses whilst providing a place where people want to live, invest, study, work and indeed play!


Key events and projects Culture Liverpool include:

Liverpool International Music Festival (National Outdoor Events Association – Best Festival 2017)

‘3 Queens’ – Cunard’s 175th Anniversary (UK Large Tourism Event of the Year 2015)

Sea Odyssey, Memories of August 1914, Liverpool Dream – Giant Spectaculars 2012 - 2018

Mathew Street Music Festival, Liverpool Sound, Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony: “The People’s Opening”

Liverpool’s 800th Birthday Fireworks, Liverpool Transition, Tour of Britain Cycle Race, The Tall Ships’ Race

International Mersey River Festival, Red Bull Drift shifters, Cardboard Castles, Sgt Pepper Anniversary 

Bordeaux Wine Festival, . . . And football parades, although unwillingly for some

Specialties:

Event Management, Health & Safety, Licensing, Procurement & Contract Management, Feasibility Studies

Calculating Capacities, Crowd Management and Dynamics, Emergency Evacuation and Contingency Strategies

Security and Steward Management, Traffic and Transport Management, 

And occasional public speaking - although subtitles may be required

Janice Hunte, Events Manager Vision-Redbridge Culture & Leisure

Hi everyone, as a committee member I see my role as contributing to and supporting the continued development of LAEOG and its members.

I have been working in events for over 25 years gaining experience from various local authorities and commercial events.

I am currently the Events Manager for Vision Redbridge, Culture and Leisure and have been in post since 2014 on a job share basis having previously been the Events Manager in Barking and Dagenham and Assistant Manager at Enfield.



Over the years I have directly delivered large and small scale community events from 500 to 80,000 visitors which includes

  • Sports events
  • Commercial events
  • Training
  • Exhibitions
  • Procurement
  • Commissioning infrastructure including staging and PA requirements

As I work part time for the last few years I have been able to take on a number of freelance projects for other local authorities in London as I was keen to get a broader level of experience beyond one borough.

I have carried out Events related projects with London Boroughs of Haringey, Southwark, Lambeth and Camden. This has given me the opportunity to work on major festivals such as Wireless as well as gaining an insight into some neighbouring boroughs and the challenges they face.

I work on an amazing award winning festival in Northern Ireland called Stendhal Festival of Art each year as the Health and Safety Advisor.

I sit on the Redbridge SAG and have a particular interest in health and safety and licensing.

Training & Qualifications

  • Nebosh
  • NVQ L4 Events Management
  • Personal Licence Holder
  • DPS
  • SIA Door Supervisor

I believe in continuous learning and have recently done the NVQ L4 Crowd science course.

Stacy Williams, Senior Outdoor Events Officer Derby City Council – Derby LIVE

I have 20 years’ experience of working in the local government events industry.

I currently work for Derby LIVE, where our mission is to present and produce an excellent and diverse programme of performances, events and festivals. We are innovative, inclusive, sustainable and vital to the regeneration of Derby. Excellence + Innovation + Diversity + Sustainability = Derby LIVE Our aim at Derby LIVE is to:

  • maintain Derby LIVE as a sustainable model for the production and presentation of performances, events and festivals in Derby
  • To provide a broad, balanced and diverse programme of high-quality performing arts for Derby
  • To sustain and develop Derby’s festivals, outdoor events and city centre animation
  • To maximise all commercial activity, sponsorship and development opportunities to support Derby LIVE’s mission
  • To continue to develop Derby LIVE’s venues and facilities and to help create a blueprint for the future of performance spaces in the city
  • To position Derby LIVE as a key element within the regeneration and profile-raising of Derby
  • To continue to develop Derby LIVE’s organisational structure, competencies and capacity to ensure we deliver excellent customer service and value for money.

Over the years I have managed and delivered a whole range of events including the annual Markeaton Park Outdoor Theatre and sell out Cinema. Family Festivities at Markeaton Park (a visitor attraction for the East Midlands), the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ National Award winning - Superhero Picnic in the Park ,amongst many other large scale community events which now attract up to 20,000 attendees.

Parks events are a speciality area of mine as Derby hosts over 400 one off events on Parks and Open Spaces in Derby on an annual basis which we support, facilitate and manage. These include a variety of events including fun days, music festivals, charity races and fairs and circuses. As my area of expertise is outdoor parks events, this had made me skilled in contingency planning and troubleshooting when it comes to ground conditions and weather!

I was a representative on the Derby City Council London 2012 Olympic Games Committee who liaised with The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in relation to the Olympic Torch Relay, where Derby had a live site. I specifically worked to deliver events on Derby’s’ LIVE’ site, which was the only selected site by the BBC to hold a celebration event ‘One Year to Go’ until the London Olympics in 2012.

 

At Derby City Council I am a member of the ‘City Wide Events Strategy Implementation Group’ (CWESIG). I am also a member of the ‘Derbyshire Event Safety Advisory Group’ (DESAG).

 

Derby works in partnership which a number of major partners for its event delivery. I am proud to say that I have worked with these over the years to support various events including the Jenson Button Triathlon, Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathons, 10k’s and road races.

EDUCATION AND RELEVANT EVENT SPECIFIC TRAINING

IOSH qualified - Managing Safely in the Exhibition and Events Industry

Emergency Planning College – Event Licensing

Emergency Planning College - Public Safety at Sports Grounds and Events

Emergency Planning College - Public Safety at Mass Gatherings and Festivals

I am happy to answer any questions in relation to the above specialisms, event areas and training.

Helen Thackeray, Events Manager Hull City Council

I have worked in the events industry for over 15 years now including being a contributor and event manager for the 2017 Hull city of culture bid and delivery.

Over the years I have managed and delivered a whole range of events including a naked Spencer Tunic installation for 3,500 people to assisting with the annual Hull Fair which attracts in excess of 500,000 fair goes annually. The majority of events have been held within the city, but I have also been lucky enough to work on events outside the City such as the Radio one big weekend which took place in 2017


Hull has a number of major partners for its event delivery and I am proud to say I have worked alongside numerous partners over the years to deliver Humber Street Sesh, Freedom and the now annul Green power road race.  

 

Areas I am happy to advise on: 

Events, ESAG’s, Licensing and Funfairs

Stephen O’Neill, Senior Events Officer Aberdeen City Council

Stephen is Aberdeen City Council’s Senior Events Officer, the Chair of Aberdeen’s Safety Advisory Group and also occasionally works as a freelance event manager (when time permits). 

Aberdeen City Council’s Events Team are responsible for the safe and successful delivery of ACC’s internal event programme as well as ‘bought in’ events such as the Tour Series, BP Big Screens, the Great Aberdeen Run and the Tour of Britain.  The City’s internal programme includes: SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s Festival of light; Armed Forces Day; Aberdeen’s Highland Games; 5th Nov Fireworks display; Christmas Light Parade; Tree Switch on and Hogmanay Celebrations.

The team also discharge Aberdeen City Council’s duties as a Landowner by managing the external event approval process for all events which take place on Council land.

The support this, the city recently produced a suite of Event Guides which are intended to empower event organisers whilst reducing the burden of Officers walking organisers through the process. This can been found at: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/eventguide

 

Happy to chat about:

  • The industry in Scotland: including licensing and legislation
  • Event Management
  • Event Safety
  • Crowd Management
  • Traffic Management
  • AutoCAD Lt
  • HVM/HVD
  • Site Suitability, including capacity and evacuation calcs
  • Business engagement
  • Football

Chair: Vanessa Allen - Bradford 

Vice Chair: Ian Taylor - Brighton & Hove 

Stephen O'Neill  - Aberdeen City

Stacy Williams - Derby 

Helen Thackeray - Hull

Andrew McNicholl - Liverpool

Adrian Hodgson - London

Fiona Roberts  - Norfolk   

Alison Drummond - Oxford 

Janice Hunte - Vision Redbridge


Admininstration: 

Sue Bull - Treasurer / Secretary

Email: treasurer.laeog@gmail.com