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Event Safety Seminar – Are you prepared for an emergency?

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Event Safety Seminar – Are you prepared for an emergency?

Safety is the first priority

Safety is the first priority in event management. Recent major emergency incidents such as the terror attack in Manchester Arena, concert fire in Oakland, and bombing in Boston Marathon, etc, served as painful reminder of the ever-present threat in any live mass event. The need of continuous assessment of risks, as well as developing and implementing up-to-date emergency plans are essential for effective response to all kinds of emergencies including man-made and natural disasters. Event safety does not rely only on the event organisers and emergency responders but also the general public, the government and industry stakeholders.


Event Safety Seminar to be held on 23 September 2017

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI), with support from the Asia World Expo, will be conducting an Event Safety Seminar on 23 September 2017. Bringing together a group of international and local experts, the seminar will cover latest venue security planning strategies, protocols and technologies, as well as experts' insights on balancing security, operational efficiency and public image. The seminar also offers an opportunity for participants to network and exchange ideas with the experts and their peers.


Target Participants

Event organisers, practitioners in disaster management and security services, and all those who might be involved in live mass events including NGOs, schools, etc. are welcome.


Topics & Speakers

​2:00pm - 3:30pm

What can go wrong during live events


The latest event security planning strategies, protocols and technologies​

Mr Tim Roberts​, Director, Event Safety Shop, UK

Tim has worked in the event industry for over 30 years during which he has been a performer, musician, writer and technical stage manager. He helped form The Event Safety Shop in 1999 and has been a professional safety consultant since then. For many years he was the Safety Co-ordinator at the world-famous Glastonbury Festival (UK), becoming its Operational Director from 2014-2016. Tim regularly works with household names in concert touring, and consults on a range of shows, festivals, sporting events and national celebrations across the globe.  He is a Board Member of the Event Safety Alliance in the USA, and has contributed to documents for the UK government and industry bodies.

The webinar for this session can be view here.



3:45 - 5:00pm​

Crowd management technologies and system to ensure safe and efficient evacuation

Mr Jon Corbishley FSIA, Director, The Safety Officer Pty Ltd, Australia

Jon Corbishley offers a proven track record of event planning, problem solving and critical decision making with over 30 years worldwide experience in crowd risk and safety planning for major events. He’s been managing safety at mass gatherings around the world amongst which were the concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall, AC/DC in Moscow, Pavarotti in Hyde Park and the four 120,000 capacity concerts in Brunei with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Sultan and the wedding of his daughter.  He was part of the planning team for many major events in London including the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales and was appointed to take charge of crowd safety at HM Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee celebrations attended by over 1.6 million. He is currently safety consultant to the Sydney Festival, The Biennale of Sydney, Vivid Festival and Adelaide Festival. 

The webinar for this session can be view here.

​5:00pm - 6:00pm

Emergency Management of HKSAR Government ​

Mr George Lee, HKSAR Government Security Officer, Security Bureau

Mr Lee has been working in the Hong Kong Police Force for 34 years.  He has vast experience in different policing matters including security operations, emergency response, major events and incidents, maritime and personnel management.  He is currently heading the Emergency Support Unit as Government Security Officer in Security Bureau, overseeing the implementation of Government security policy including but not limited to giving advice on physical and information security; review of Security Regulations and related policy guidelines; and supervise the security audit for Bureaux and Departments to ensure compliance to a high standard.  He also spearheads a comprehensive set of government level contingency plans to cater for different emergency situations, natural and man-made disastrous scenarios.  He is a Certified Protection Professional of the American Society for Industrial Security. 


Mr Adrian Tang, Superintendent, Major Events Planning Division, Major Incidents Bureau, Hong Kong Police Force

Mr Tang heads the Major Events Planning Division of the Hong Kong Police Force responsible for the formulation of policing strategies of major events.  He has a diversified experience in major event security including high-profile international conferences, major sporting events and visits of international dignitaries specifically in the field of venue search and security screening.  He is a Certified Protection Professional and Physical Security Professional of the American Society for Industrial Security International.  He is also a member of the Security Services Industry Training Advisory Committee under the purview of the Qualifications Framework.  


Seminar Details

Language: English

RegistrationFULL (The first two sessions of the event can be viewed live as a webinar. Please tune into our facebook page at 14:00 on 23 September, 2017)

Date: 23 September, 2017

Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Venue: Hong Kong Playground Association Hall , 3/F, MacPherson Place, 38 Nelson St, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (香港九龍旺角奶路臣街38號麥花臣匯3樓 香港遊樂場協會 優才發展及交流中心 - 遊協禮堂)

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