Gerard has been working in the event security sector for more than 35 years. As CEO of TSC Crowd Management, he was involved in more than 5,000 events. He was active in various initiatives within the industry, such as the ‘Evenementen Keurmerk’ of the ‘Nederlandse Veiligheidsbranche’, he developed the 1st Minor in Europe in the area of event safety: Event Crowd Management. Among many other functions he is Board Member of the Event Safety Group of the European Festivals Association and board member of the ‘Stichting Evenementenhandboek’
Counter Terrorism Measures: Lessons learned and strategies implemented in urban and non-urban environments
Gerard van Duykeren The Security Company (NL), Henrik Nielsen Roskilde Festival (DK), Pascal Viot Paleo Festival (CH), Andrew Smith NaCTSO (GB)
This panel will explore some of the complex urban and non-urban event and festival sites such as Eurosonic/Noorderslag, MaMA, Roskilde and Paleo Festivals as well as lessons learned from Royal Weddings and the Trump visit in how we apply solutions and work from lessons learned from not so successful event situations.
Gerard van Duykeren The Security Company (NL)
Henrik Nielsen Roskilde Festival (DK)
Henrik Bondo Nielsen has been a part of the Roskilde Festival in Denmark since 1980 and part of the management team since 1986. Henrik has primarily worked on production, logistics and health and safety and is currently head of two of Roskilde's five divisions: Area Resources and Guests & Safety.
In 2006, Henrik took the initiative to assemble the European festival organisation, Yourope's security officers for networking and experience exchange. It became the start of the collaboration now known as YES Group and it has held 23 security seminars around Europe.
Pascal Viot Paleo Festival (CH)
Pascal Viot is Head of Department Heath, Safety & Security at Paléo Festival Nyon (Switzerland) and associate researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. As an expert in crowd management and emergency planning, he is usually mandated for consulting and training by major event organizers in Switzerland and abroad like Eurockéennes de Belfort, Montreux Jazz Festival, Fête de la Musique de Genève or the Rock-en-Seine Festival in Paris. Being also a steering group member of the YES Group (Yourope Association of European Major Festivals), he recently created the Swiss Institut for Urban Security and Event Safety (iSSUE; www.issue.ch).
Andrew Smith NaCTSO (GB)
Andy Smith is a Counter Terrorism Security Adviser with NaCTSO, working in the Police Counter Terrorism Unit covering the West Midlands region. Andy joined Staffordshire police in 1978. He served as a police officer throughout the county including patrolling the M6 motorway and as an advanced driving instructor. He spent six years flying in the force helicopter, was a force VIP driver for 20 years and gained significant experience as an Events and Contingency Planning officer (V Festival etc). Having completed 30 years’ service he returned as a Counter Terrorism Security Adviser. During his service he was awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery and is a National Police Bravery Award winner. Andy was the lead Counter Terrorism Security Adviser for all 2012 Olympics related events held throughout the West Midlands region. He works on a daily basis with crowded places projects, political party conferences etc held in Birmingham. Andy is currently heavily involved in the build for the Commonwealth Games for 2022.
Chris Kemp Mind Over Matter Consultancy (GB)
Chris Kemp is globally known for his work on the safety of crowded places and his ceaseless endeavour to make events safer. His articles are widely publicised in the national press in a range of countries and he is at the forefront or work in the development of a safer concert environment. As a member of the Yourope Event Safety Group (YES) steering committee, Chris has spoken on many occasions across the globe on aspects of crowd safety. These aspects range from crowd behaviour to dynamics. He has also addressed the House of Commons Select Committee for Olympic Security on the merits of training for the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the Royal Society of Medicine. Chris was employed by the HSE as their crowd expert for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Chris’ company Mind Over Matter Consultancy (MOM) provides dynamic high performance programmes, creative courses, cutting edge consultancy and tailored research.