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 are 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 an operational management position supplying specialist tour / armed operative's around the world looking after high-profile individuals, George Michael, Happy Mondays,
Needing to learn more in reference to the security industry especially the many different management roles and skills always made me. passionate and enthusiastic making me mindful of my career decisions. Soon approached to head up a new security department within a major security group Capital Security Group PLC 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 SSR (Select Security Recruitment) turning the division it into an established close protection recruitment service and a finical success within the first trading year. Hungry for a challenge and due to my success, I was head hunted to develop and change an international investigations and security company employment and working structure Metshield Investigations & Security. 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.
I and my now x partner now Barrie Knight but client then, decided to build Proctor & Knight, which we 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. Only after a short time running the company Tim Byrne & Vicky Blood of Byrne Blood Management and Pete Waterman record producer if I would take on a tour management role for the band Steps 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. The Management and Artist asked me to commit to a full-time role, but due to my business commitments I had to return the United Kingdom. Still keeping Britney and all Jive’s acts. (such as Arran Carter, Justin Timberlake, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, R Kelly etc).
In 2005 I resigned my directorship from Proctor and Knight
moving out of the music industry but working with my loyal clients one to mention WWE (World Wrestling Entertainments) I was asked to consult on the touring and branding while managing the security and threats the brand attracted due to its success and flying the flag of a nation that had many radicalised enemies.
During this time, I was approached by the Bacardi B Bar Live team to consultant on all security and safety issues concerning event placements and festivals they were attending, due to many past crowd safety and substance issues. The Bacardi Management moved very quickly to implement all my recommendation’s and now are standard operating procedures (SOPs). I then decided to establish my company Proctor Consultancy Services soon gaining new clients John Black of Black Gold Management, Sandi Thom I was soon approached to work in Afghanistan on a 6-month contract with UN forward planning was my role, which I successfully completed 3 months ahead of the contracted term.
On returning to the UK I was soon approached by Jason Donovan and team to tour manage his 2010 and 2011 tour. Taking over the production and touring, adding my personal touch and experienced team. The tour ended a success financially and promotionally this was my return to back music, entertainments and the live touring industry. Due to the finical success the agent and management recommended me to Claire Powel at Can Management whom approached me to work with Peter Andre,
adding my touch and developing a new and enthusiastic team, picked by peter and myself that would work towards peters goals and dreams financially and creatively also making peter a touring success.
Rockness and Creamfields these festivals where very challenging due to the complexity of artist rider requirements. I was in charge of multiple stages with a total artist complement of more than a 200 per day. Warren Askew a manager in conversation asked if I would be interested to help him reunite the band Happy Mondays
and put a strict live touring structure in place, This I knew was going to be challenging due to my passed experiences with the band but took the challenge head on which became a real success due to warrens commitment backing my policy implementation that still works today. Helping the band build a new valued reputation.
2012 UK Olympics I was recommended and the then approached to co-ordinate team USA the job was to manage all different UK law enforcement agencies and consulting between all management structures of Team USA and helping in logistic decisions of moving VVIP around the UK and Europe as well as monitoring the ongoing running budgets.
This was the year I was thinking of separating my work and clients and forming the company Total Touring Limited the first of clients Rupert Doogan Hobbs and Liz Hobbs whom approached me to work as their Advance Production / Site Management working freelance managing their live production projects, dealing with venue management, SAG and ground managers making sure that all the infrastructure and suppliers meet the venue requirements keeping the communication open between the venue and LHG by being the independent middle man and managing all parties before during and on completion of the shows. Clients: Tom Jones, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Madness, Craig David, Rita Ora, and Little Mix working with Inverness Highland Council, Darlington Arena, Durham Emirates Stadium and The Jockey Club this list goes on.
2013 Reading Football Club was bought by Anton Zingarevich
whom approached me through Yuli Grig to have his own show in (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. John Black who was working with Craig Logan at LME World Wide approached me to ask if would be interested in working with a new artist Cher Lloyd
whom had just come from the TV show X Factor and needed developing for the US Market in terms of live performance.
A discussion with a previous client about Nitro Circus and would I be interested in consulting on their outdoor regional touring projects. This was an interesting role as the brands foot print was growing but they wanted to be in the same space as WWE, which needed massive creative change and direction as well creating a more profitable touring structure. Due to my varied career experiences; Heineken Live approached me to oversee the safety and security on their outside festival projects working alongside there event and design consultancy teams. This role is very
similar to the role I had with Bacardi.
2017 Steps announced its comeback tour Peter Loraine from
Fascination Management informed me the band steps would like me to return to my original role as the tour manager making sure that all the bands movements and concerns where managed. Through a client and friend, I was recommended to Seal's
management that I was the person they needed to consult on his up and coming European Touring budget expenditure. Three days in the management team asked me to production and financially manage the tour. This I did adding a UK team that I knew could deliver the show as a financial and creative success.
Darren Gilchrist a close friend and working colleague working for Live Nation approached me to become part a touring security team for a (K-POP) Band BTS my roles and duties where to manage past and on-going threats, as well as working and advising the venues to the correct security & welfare protocols. These where to be implemented before the arrival of the touring party. Also making sure that all SOPs / Security Rider 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 the ongoing changes to the security Rider / SOP/ Bible that I developed for the management and team.