QPM, BA Hons, UKCMA - Director, Gentian Events
Engaged in Crowd Safety Management for 15 years and working with crowds since 1980, Eric’s 33-year police career in London culminated in a planning role for Notting Hill Carnival and London New Year’s Eve (2005-2010), with viewing audiences of 1 million and 450k respectively. As Chief of Staff for the planning and delivery of the 70-day London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, he was involved with the selection of all members of the team and was the sole member engaged to see the event through from initial planning through delivery and debrief.
His recent work includes supporting clients with the crowd safety challenges caused by the recent spate of terror attacks, as well as working with the UK government’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) to provide an appropriate response and advice to those emerging threats.
He holds a BA (Hon) degree in Crowd Safety Management and, in addition to training others undergoing the same degree at Buckinghamshire New University, teaches courses in the UK, US, and Canada for emergency services, local authorities and private companies where crowded places require careful crowd management in both normal and emergency situations. Eric is keen to ensure there is a better balance between the mathematics, physics and human behaviours when planning for crowds.