A pro-active top line manager with a multitude of different experiences training, recruitment, operations, budget, logistics, creative direction and problem management. These specialist skills were inherited through a 33-year career in the Security, Music and Entertainment Industry.
Highly motivated and skilled in team development and Supervision of staff. Ability to liaise at boardroom level and also meet deadlines through effective/proactive planning
Born in the North East of England moved to London when turned 18 to build a career in the security Industry starting at security guard level after a short term, I applied for a position with the clothing retailer Laura Ashley and was taken under the wing of George Gibbs x chief superintendent of the flying squad, I became his student for two years then George decided it was time to move on. I decided to take my vocation in close protection, as I wanted to help people from the evil I had seen the world has to offer.
During my career I quickly built a reputation working in many specialised areas of protection but after a short period I was head hunted into a operations position supplying specialist tour / armed operative's around the world looking after high profile individuals, George Michael, Happy Mondays, EMF, Alice Cooper I was asked to travel alongside these acts to co-ordinate all security arrangements in countries such as South America, North America, Asia, Europe certain parts of the Middle East.
My need to learn more in reference to the security industry especially the many different management roles and skills. I was soon approached to head up a new security department within a major security group during my time employed I secured many lucrative contracts for many different Middle Eastern Families heading up all the RST and CP teams which required me to move to out of county for a period of 11 months under contract.
On returning to the UK I was approached to set up a high-profile security and close protection recruitment division within a major specialist security booking agency I successfully turned it into a 1.5 million pound division within the first trading year. Hungry for a challenge and Due to my success, I was head hunted to develop and change a international investigations and security company employment and working structure. I met the challenge front on successful in my work, but soon felt it was time to move on the company directors realised this and asked me to Team Lead a close protection team on 3 month witness protection contract in Europe and one 9 month KNR contract in South America, on return to the UK, I was offered a directorship within the company but didn’t want to commit due to the company’s financial restraints and lack of cash flow.
(1997) I and my now x partner now Barrie Knight but client then, decided to build Proctor & Knight, which was established in (1997). The first contracts where music and event clients but still consulting to NATO. I was personally required to CP/TL for Artist such as Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Boyzone, Etc.
(1998) I was approached to take full control by Tim & Vicky of Byrne Blood and Pete Waterman of the band Steps in a tour management role which I successfully did for the term of 5 years, this was my start in tour management and production the band became one of the most successful touring acts the UK had ever seen 1 million tickets sold in 9 months. I made such an impression the label director (Steve Jenkins) of Jive Records asked me to co-ordinate all their acts this included going to the United States to work with a young a new artist who became known as Britney Spears. I was asked to commit full time to the Britney's Camp, but due to business commitments I had to return the United Kingdom. still keeping Britney and all Jive’s acts. (such as Arran Carter, Justine Timberlake, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, R Kelly etc.)
(2005) I resigned my directorship from Proctor and Knight I moved out of music but kept working with my loyal clients one to mention WWE (World Wrestling Entertainments) I was asked to consult on the touring, branding while managing the security and terrorist threats the brand attracted due to its success and flying the flag of a nation that had many radicalised
(2005 – Present) I was approached by the Bacardi B Bar Live team to consultant on all security and safety issues concerning plot placements and festivals they were attending, due to many past crowd safety and substance issue. The Bacardi Management very quickly implemented all my recommendation’s and now are standard policy. B- Bar to date is found at the festivals that had previously passed on them attending due do its passed history of issues.
(2009) I was offered a 6-month contract with NATO forward planning, which I completed 3 months ahead of the contracted term.
(2009) On returning to the UK I was approached by Jason Donovan and team to tour manage his 2010 - and 2011 tour On taking over the production and touring, adding my personal touch the tour ended a success financially and promotionally this was my return to back music and live touring industry.
(2010 – Present) I was asked to work with Peter Andre, again adding my touch and developing a new and enthusiastic team, that would work towards Peters goals and dreams financially and creatively making it a success.
(2009- 2011) I was production coordinator for Rob De-bank Owner of Bestival and Camp Bestival as well as coordinating Rockness and Cream fields these festivals where very challenging as I was in charge of 5 to 6 stages with a total artist complement of a 100 per day.
(2011 - 2015) I was approached Warren Askew to help reunite The Happy Mondays and put a strict live touring structure and in place, that still works today building the band a new valued reputation.
(2012 – 2012) During the 2012 Olympics I was approached to co-ordinate team USA managing all different UK law enforcement agencies and consulting between all management structures of the team USA and helping in logistic decisions of moving VVIP around the UK and Europe as well as monitoring the ongoing running budgets.
(2013 – Present) LHG approached me to work as their Advance Production / Site Management working freelance for Rupert and Liz managing their live production projects, dealing with venue management SAG, ground managers making sure that all the infrastructure and suppliers meet the venue requirements keeping the communication open between the venue and LHG buy being the independent middle man and managing all parties before during and on completion of the shows.
(2013) Allstarz working for a Russian client that wanted his own show in his new football stadium (Reading Football Stadium) this started from a phone call and then turned into a branded show my role was originally production, but due to the lack of experience in the team I was asked to event direct using all my knowledge as well as adding more experienced people to the team and bringing the show under budget helping recover the loss from being substantial to minimum. (I WILL ADD) I did inform the client before undertaking the project that the show was too late to put on sale and the show would be better for the following year? The date they required for the show, only gave us 4 months lead up but we managed to sell 12000 tickets in this period the show in its self was a success.
(2015 – 2016) I was approached by Nitro Circus to consult on their outdoor regional touring projects.
(2016 – Present) Heineken Live approached me to oversee the safety and security on their outside festival projects working alongside the event and design consultancy teams. This Role was very similar to the previous role I had with Bacardi but implementing it on the day of creation.
(2017) I was approached by the band steps to return to my original role as the tour manager and manage all the bands concerns before during and on completion of their 2017 UK Arena Tour,
(2018 - 2018) I was approached by Seal's management to consult on his European Touring budget expenditure, three days in the management team asked me to production and financially manage the tour, adding a UK team and delivering the show as a success.
(2018) I was approached by Darren Gilchrist to become part of the venue security team for a (K-POP) Band BTS duties where to manage past and on-going threats as well as working and advising the venues to the correct security & welfare protocols that are to be established before the arrival of the touring party. Making sure that all requirements are in place and actioned. managing the day to day venue security, monitoring the ingress and egress. Managing the accreditation of all touring employees and visiting VIP /VVIP implementing and developing the security Rider/Bible.