Purple Guide section rewritten with help of FGH Security

Mark McQuade, FGH Security Operational Risk Manager, has been part of rewriting the Crowd Management section of the Purple Guide.  The UK Crowd Management Association spearheaded the rewrite, with Mark featuring prominently in the team.

Mark heads up Operational Risk at FGH Security.  As a result, he is responsible for overseeing our crowd management planning.  He also recently assisted the Square Meter Group in delivering Level 5 Crowd Management training to a cohort of 10 FGH Crowd Managers and partners from the wider events world.

Mark works in a senior management role at FGH’s biggest events deployments.  Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Wembley Stadium, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and a whole summer of large scale festivals, for instance.

The Purple Guide (to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events) provides practical guidance to event organizers.  This chapter gives advice on how to manage crowded spaces.  The guide aims to standardize delivery and set high standards in safety, allowing attendees to enjoy their experiences.

HSE agreed the new version of the chapter on the first pass.

Peter Harrison, MD, said “I’m really happy to have a world class expert like Mark on my team.  The Purple Guide gives vital guidance to all suppliers, and buyers, of event security.  Certainly, to be working at a standard where we can contribute meaningfully to it is amazing.”

Mark McQuade said “As part of a collective crowd safety practitioners and academics, a review and refresh was conducted of the crowd management section of the Purple Guide.

We ensured that it was still relevant and suitable to the evolving requirement of crowded places. It is a core part of the UK guidance for events and used globally. Therefore, it was a privilege to be asked to be part of the collective.”


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