29 Sep

CIEH Public Protection Conference

Public protection in public spaces

CIEH member: £65
Affiliate member: £165
Non-member: £165

Time: 09.45 - 13.15

Online (BigMarker)

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The first volume of the Manchester Arena Inquiry, released in June 2021, focuses on security at the arena and found a series of serious shortcomings with significant recommendations for the Protect Duty consultation. This half-day conference will assess the findings from the Manchester Arena Inquiry and evaluate how legislation could be used to enhance the protection and safety of public spaces.

With coronavirus (COVID- 19) restrictions easing and large events returning to full capacity, join us to discuss how the events industry is adapting to the pandemic and the new challenges that have emerged. The hospitality and events industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors in the UK as numerous lockdowns and event cancellations have rendered many skilled staff unemployed. This detrimental loss of skilled staff and equipment is now posing a threat to public safety, and in this session you will understand the health and safety risks caused by the pipeline shortage and how the industry is reacting with strategies to mitigate these resourcing challenges.

To help manage the impact and infection rates, Public Health England (PHE) and Local Authority Chief Executives have been working closely with Safety Advisory Groups. This conference will evaluate how they have been collaborating and what this new way of working means for the future of public safety.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Steve McGrath, Detective Chief Inspector Head of NaCTSO
  • Paul Scott, Safety Expert, Northern Ireland
  • Eric Stuart, Director, Gentian Events Limited and Chair, UKCMA
  • Chris Hall CFIOSH, Safety Consultant & Company Director - A.C.T. (National) Ltd
  • Dan Craig, Director of Operations, Superstuct
  • Esther Hughes, Team Leader Consumer Protection, Public Protection, Enfield Council
  • Glenn Stewart, Assistant Director for Public Health, Enfield Council
  • Anne Marie Chebib, Managing Director of Select Security and Stewarding Ltd. and the Secretary of the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA)


  • Manchester Arena Inquiry Volume 1 findings
  • Pipeline shortages of skilled staff - the concerns and challenges
  • Infection control at large events
  • New ways of working with PHE

Who should Attend 

  • Planning officers
  • Head of Communications
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Senior Environmental Health Officers
  • Team Leaders - Public Health & Protection
  • Public health officers



"Interesting and useful content"

"I found the experience of the speaker invaluable and I will be applying that knowledge to my day to day work dealing with events"

"the links and guidance resources good to hear from a person working in the field"

"Challenges facing the industry that might impact compliance - will help when working with events teams (LA delegate). Future concerns and what worked and what didn't - photos were v good"

"Good updates on legislation and also adding the trainers own experience to situations was useful - always good to have personal experience of the subject as opposed to just presenting it"

"Interesting updates on legislation and anecdotes from speakers own experiences in the field"

"real life examples. easy delivered content"

2021 Delegate Comments

CPD: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Anne Marie Chebib

Annie Chebib, Secretary, United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) and Managing Director of Select Security & Stewarding. Annie is a crowd management practitioner and consultant for the special events industry with over 25 years of experience. Annie works with Government agencies, associations and the event/security industries to affect positive change in the field, from writing guidance to working across a number of the UK and Global Taskforces.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall CFIOSH, MIFSM, GIFireE, Safety Consultant & Company Director, A.C.T. (National) Ltd. Chris is an experienced Health & Safety and Fire Safety consultant with specialist knowledge of the events sector in both the UK and overseas. Chris has worked with a wide portfolio of clients including: The FA Group (Wembley Stadium); Virgin Sport; London Marathon; Formula E; NFL; British Heart Foundation; HPower; 2012 Olympics (Technical Advisory for Crowd Safety) and a host of other amazing clients.

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart, Director at Gentian Events, a Crowd Safety Management Company, has been involved in crowd safety for over 15 years. His final crowd management role in the Metropolitan Police was as Chief of Staff for the planning and delivery of the 70-day London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Eric wrote both the Crowd Movement, Modelling and Management course (CM3) for the UK Government Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, and delivers crowd safety training in both the USA and Canada. He co-wrote the recently introduced US ‘ANSI’ standard on crowd safety management and the UK Good Practice Guide to Working in Safety Advisory Groups. In 2018 Eric became Chair of the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) and has been working directly with government departments as well as police and CT advisors considering new legislation and guidance.

Dr Glenn Stewart

Dr Glenn Stewart SAG Chair and Team leader, Public Protection, Enfield Council. He has been a Consultant in Public Health for longer than he cares to remember and was the Public Health Covid lead for Enfield during the pandemic. This included FAQs, advising on the implementation of policy and guidance, leading the Local Outbreak Management and Surge Management Plans, representing PH at Gold and Silver meetings and working with the NHS to establish mass vaccination centres. He is also the PH lead for working with the SAG, Councillors and residents on events and Covid safety.

Steve McGrath

Steve McGrath, Detective Chief Inspector and Head of Information Capability and Engagement, National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO). Steve is responsible for NaCTSO’s engagement with businesses and across Lead Government Departments. He is also responsible for the NaCTSO Product Research & Development Unit. He is the project lead on the implementation of the Information Sharing Platform and the ACT CT Guidance App. As the joint Chair of the Protect & Prepare Business Information Exchange (CT BIE), he oversee projects delivered jointly by NaCTSO and business and the cascade of advice and guidance across a national network of business and industry sectors reaching around 10,000 businesses.

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