Penny Mellor - Rendered on: 15/10/2018 14:20:40

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Consultant - Health, Safety & Welfare at Events



I have worked in the events sector for over 45 years, mainly concerned with the health, safety and welfare of audiences and others at outdoor music events.

From 1977 to 1996 I ran a small charity called Festival Welfare Services, providing a range of services at festivals.

From 1996-99 I worked on the "Event Safety Guide" with the UK Health & Safety Executive and a consortium of event industry professional associations. I was adviser for the HSE on the revision of their guide ‘Managing Crowds Safely’ and for the UK Home Office on the revision of ‘Safer Clubbing’ guidance for drug safety in clubs and at dance events.

I helped with the development of the entertainment industry BTEC course material for the Production Services Association and Loughborough College from 1997 and from 1999 I worked on the development of the Events NVQs for the Travel, Tourism, Events National Training Organisation, Newham College and the National Outdoor Events Association.
In 2004 I worked with the International Live Music Conference Safety Focus Group and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University to develop pan-European health and safety guidance for live music event workers, funded by the European Occupational Safety & Health Agency.

In 2009-2010 I worked on an HSE funded research project with Buckinghamshire New University to investigate four case study events and produce a basic checklist/guide for crowd safety management at street/unusual events.

Since 2009 I have been a volunteer sustainability assessor for A Greener Festival and have assessed festivals in UK & other European countries, including Glastonbury in UK and festivals in Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, France, Czech Republic, Italy & Spain.
In 2015 I produced a Welfare Handbook section for the Purple Guide (to health, safety and welfare at music and other events) website. This contains guidance on how to set up a range of services to support audiences at events. I am now researching good practice that may be helpful for the welfare of people who work at events.

In January 1995, I received The Event Services Association Award for an outstanding contribution to the events industry and in January 2003 I received the Total Production ‘unsung hero’ award for services to the event industry. In November 2016 I received the Association of Independent Festivals ‘unsung hero’ award.