The topic of event safety and security is more top of mind for the industry now than ever before.
That’s why The Business of Events 2019 has announced several sessions devoted to the topic, with expert speakers to present the latest information and practical takeaways for delegates.
Gary Daly, managing director of organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said event safety is more than simply a trend, “it’s a necessity in this modern world”.
“This is not just what goes on at the event physically,” he said.
“An uptick in digital exploits has also made cybersecurity measures a mandatory inclusion for our industry.
“At The Business of Events, sessions will look at the big picture and then get down into detail, with the latest information and lots of practical takeaways around the day-to-day elements that go into all aspects of safety.”
Among the speakers is Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, who will discuss ‘The Future of Security’.
Price formerly worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she delivered a National Security Strategic Risk Framework, which was the first of its kind in the world.
Danny Baade, director of CorpSec International, will lead a session on ‘Security and Safety In Public Spaces’.
Specialising in counter terrorism and crowded places strategies for cities and major events, Baade was head of security for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
His session will focus on planning and helping attendees understand where they should make vulnerability assessments.
Baade will then join a panel to talk about issues from the general security environment of an event, alongside Tiny Good, director of equipment and staff supplier at Showtech Australia; Simon Auston, chief executive of crowd safety and crowd management consultancy Reddawn Australia; and Wayne Middleton, principal of risk management consultancy Reliance Risk.
“Together, they will discuss the key issues regarding security for an event, and what needs to be considered with security and emergency management, including readiness testing, crowd management, safety, security, risk management, compliance and vigilance,” said Daly.
“Importantly, they will also go into detail on what this all means for an organisation and the event organiser’s role within it.”
With event security now a top industry issue, Daly urged the industry to learn from these industry experts and secure their conference tickets while advanced rates were still applicable.
The Business of Events will take place on 7-8 February 2019 at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park.