Venue Summit: Safety & security
Room 2 | 15:30 – 16:45 | Thursday
Host: John Sharkey, SMG Europe (UK)
The terrorist attack at Le Bataclan in November 2015 was the beginning of a new era in venue and festival security, as the reality of extreme views and terrorist activity landed firmly at the door of the live music industry. Sadly, Paris was not an isolated incident, so in the months since, what new measures have been put in place to protect artists, audience and crew from potential harm? Bringing together security experts, counterterrorism heads from local government, in addition to venue and festival operators, this panel will consider how the industry has reacted and what more can still be done.
Simon Battersby, Showsec (UK)
Chris Kemp, Mind Over Matter (UK)
Aline Renet, Prodiss (FR)
Andrew Smith, West Midlands Police (UK)
Okan Tombulca, eps (DE)
Chair's Biog | John Sharkey
John is executive vice president for Europe for SMG and has responsibility for European business operations in venue management, hospitality and catering, and is also responsible for spearheading the group’s ambitions across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has previously advised various clients and some of the world’s largest private equity businesses to find value in the conference, exhibition and entertainment industry and related infrastructure projects across the UK, Continental Europe and the US. John was previously group chief executive of Scottish Exhibition Centre, which runs the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre in Glasgow and between the CEO and the FD role he spent 12 years with the business. He led the management team charged with developing and growing the SEC’s core business as the largest conference, concerts, exhibition and events centre in Scotland, which incorporated ticketing solutions; and led the team responsible for delivering the new SSE Hydro Arena, a 13,000-capacity state-of-the-art entertainment venue which opened on time, and on budget to critical acclaim in September 2013 and established itself as the 2nd most successful entertainment venue in the world in its first year. The SECC complex was also a major component of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. John has previously held positions with First Group Plc, Scottish Enterprise and Ernst & Young. He is a Scottish-trained chartered accountant and former member of the ICAS Council. He has also held a number of non-executive directorships.
Speaker's Biog | Simon Battersby
Simon has been with Showsec for 23 years and in that time has worked his way up through the ranks to his current position of director. The length of service together with the numerous roles in which he has served with the company has meant he has amassed a considerable wealth of experience and been highly influential in the delivery of many high-profile events nationally and internationally. These have included being the head of security for numerous high-profile UK festivals and large-scale public events. Simon also acts in an advisory role to brands such as MTV and Viacom in the security planning and delivery of international events and global award shows.
Speaker's Biog | Okan Tombulca
Okan started in 1991 as a stagehand in the rock & roll industry. Entrepreneurship was the reason for him to start his career in the event industry and why he is always looking for innovations and new challenges. 25 years ago he decided to start his own business specialising in services and infrastructure for live entertainment businesses. Nowadays, eps with its offices in Europe, Australia, and North and South America is a well-known and reliable partner for rental equipment and special services for huge events and festivals. As well as working for United Nations, NATO and many governments all over the world. Besides the infrastructure services, he also founded innovative company YouChip in 2013, with its focus on RFID services for big events and festivals. Okan will continue to develop his businesses to maintain a leading position in the market and to offer a wide range of products to his customers.