This is an interactive course focusing on the changing dynamics and psychosocial impacts of managing and securing events and venues in uncertain times. The speakers will focus on how both theoretical and practical aspects are being re-examined and re-imagined as we continue to work outside what we perceived as the normal. The protect duty and Covid safe aspects of todays society will feature throughout. This initial introductory course lays the foundations for four individual courses focusing on four key areas of interest, crowd management and dynamics, counterterrorism, risk and safety.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5-6 hours
  • LocationOnline
  • CostFree

Course structure

This course will be delivered online and will take place from 14:30 to 20:00 BST. There will be opportunities for in-depth discussion and interaction with speakers.

What you will learn

You will learn about the fascinating world of safety, security and service and how the people delivering today help to change the way that we perceive, measure and support the changes taking place in society.

Core content

This one-day introductory course can be followed by four one day specific courses, each one of these is stand alone or can be taken as a suite.

After introductions, the first part of the course will feature three top International Event Managers. These will comprise Thomas Rydahl - Head of Safety, Security & Service COP Covid-19 Project Leader for the European Football Championships in Denmark, Danielle Kennedy-Clark, Deputy General Manager of the O2, the world’s most successful Arena and Sam Oldham the Venue Director of the Roundhouse one of the UK’s most iconic small venues. They will be discussing how Covid-19 has impacted on their events and how they are coping now as we move towards full capacity in most venues.

Following this there will be four one hour interactive live presentations will take place with key players in this field. There will be a question and answer session at the end of each presentation. The sessions will cover crowd management (Chris Kemp), counterterrorism (Peter Dalton), crowd science (Pascal Viot) and risk (Morten Therkildsen).  After the four sessions the team will be joined by Peter Ashwin from the US who will chair a panel session with the speakers and provide some context on the Prevent Strategy and the levels of risk being experienced at the present time.


This course will be delivered in partnership with Mind Over Matter Consultancy LTD and Cranfield Defence and Security Services Ltd.


Peter Ashwin

Peter Ashwin is the principal of Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS), a consulting practice committed to enhancing organizational resilience of event organizing committees through innovative risk management practices, ‘mission ready’ preparedness programs and integrated security solutions for today’s complex and uncertain world. A former Australian Army special forces officer, Peter has led multinational teams in the major events environment in seven countries including six Olympic Games (2000 – 2012) and the Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijan). Peter has also consulted to some of North America’s most iconic events including the Calgary Stampede, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Memphis in May International Festival, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Canadian National Exhibition “The EX”, Toronto. Peter is an author, lecturer, speaker and expert witness on event risk management and security. He is currently completing a MSc in Security & Risk Management, University of Leicester, UK.

Professor Chris Kemp

Professor Chris Kemp is the CEO of Mind over Matter Consultancy.  He is known throughout the world as an expert on crowded space and the development of risk analysis processes for venues and events. He has addressed the House of Commons Select Committee on Olympic Security for the London 2012 Olympic Games, advised the Royal Society of Medicine on crush injuries, and was employed by the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as their crowded space expert for the London Olympics. Chris has worked on major events including the Pope’s visit to Romania, the European Football Championships, and the Commonwealth Games. He has provided crowded space consultancy for six major London Stations as well as supporting the British Olympic coaching team for the Rio and Tokyo Games. Chris is well published and has written a series of crowded space books.

Morten Therkildsen

Morten is one of the leading experts for crowd safety management in Scandinavia and was the Director of Security for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 in Denmark. Morten is the daily manager of RF Experience Safety. A crowd management company owned by Europe’s most iconic festival at Roskilde in Denmark. Morten is also the head of Safety & Security at this festival.
RF Experience one of the largest providers of full-service event consultancy and also crowd management at events in Denmark.

Peter Dalton

Peter is an international Protective Security Consultant and former UK Specialist Police Commander; with the majority of his service dedicated to Specialist Operations. Pete accredited as a Specialist (Counter Terrorism) Tactical Firearms commander, involved in the management, command and deployment of complex counter terrorism firearms operations. He has worked extensively within the Counter Terrorism Policing Network, Security Agencies and within complex event management & incident command structures. He planned & performed key command roles and events of national and international significance, including the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Miss Meghan Markle, visit of President Trump, International D-Day 75, State and Ceremonial Events, Major Crime and high-profile international sporting events. Pete was the Head of Department, responsible for the Protection of Royalty & Diplomatic VIPs and Protected Sites.

Dr Pascal Viot

Pascal has been involved in the health, safety, crowd management of sporting, cultural (concerts, festivals) and business in Switzerland and across Europe. He is a specialist in crowd management and emergency planning and has developed and managed the emergency procedures  and crisis management plans of major events including the Rolling Stones, The Police, in Geneva, the Dalai Lama conference in Lausanne and a range of Festivals. As an expert, he trains major event organizers and provides consultancy for a range of organizations including the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Rock-en-Seine Festival in Paris. Pascal has been a lecturer at several French universities and led collective research financed by FIFA as well as other research projects.After achieving his PhD, Pascal is now Head of Department of Health and safety at the Paleo Festival and has his own event education company called iSSUE.

I first worked with Professor Chris Kemp some years ago on Crowd Safety and was so impressed by the work he did that I arranged a team to attend one of Chris’s immersive learning programmes. The results were amazing -  Chris empowered, coached and instilled confidence in a team of over 20 people. More recently Chris has supported us with crowd management and crowd safety training and led on project on crowd movement. Our Crowd Movement Strategy is in place to safely manage the visitors to our site both during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. We couldn’t have done this without Chris’s expertise and guidance.

I have attended several courses with MOM and Professor Chris Kemp and believe them to be the best is terms of relevancy and content. I am always inspired by Chris and come away with valuable tools and techniques that I can easily implement into my work.

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