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EventHuddle to talk security at next edition

Discussion forum has also been picking up support from across the industry
25/01/2016

Terrorism and security will be the topics at the next EventHuddle on 11 February

Industry discussion forum EventHuddle will be delving into the current terror threat and asking whether event organisers put enough emphasis on security at its next edition.

The discussion, titled “Terror threat and security: are we doing enough to keep delegates and events safe?”, takes place next month in London. 

EventHuddle CEO Kirk Thomas said: "The government and mainstream media have warned, almost daily, that any day now the bogeyman or woman will pop out and cause serious harm to members of the public. 

“Events, due to their nature of human congregation, are obvious targets to fundamentalists, radicals, lobbyists, fraudsters and cyber criminals. But do event organisers put enough emphasis on security? 

“From our current event registrants, 69 per cent think their safety is high on an event planner’s to-do list, but only 15 per cent think they are adequately trained to deal with a terror incident. So are organisers being trained to a level that matches our own safety expectations? It would seem not."

The event takes place on Thursday 11 February, from 5.30-7.30pm at 1 Wimpole Street, London and is free to attend for all event professionals and event students.  

Current panelists include: Simon Garrett, MD of X-Venture; Simon Hughes, managing partner of consultancy MCHA Ltd; and Mark Blair, divisional director of event insurance specialists InEvexco. You can register to attend at www.eventhuddle.co.uk.

Thomas added that EventHuddle had been gaining industry support, with the addition of Ministry of Sound and drp as supporters of the discussion group, alongside new association partners MPI UK and the Association for Events Management Education (AEME). 

AEME chair Caroline Jackson said: “It is great to get such a positive opportunity for academics and students studying and working in events to be invited to join the EventHuddle discussions. We encourage all to engage and contribute to relevant and current debates.”  


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