Manchester, Nice, London Bridge were all crowded places where horror struck through deadly terror attacks in 2017.  The London Bridge inquest has only just reported this year yet what was the impact for people, for businesses and what are the challenges? Darren Henaghan, the Managing Director of Borough Market is at the centre of that impact and will explain the lessons pertinent to him and his businesses.

However, crowed places are more than just these areas, religious centres, hotels, shopping centres, Public Buildings.  In a panel discussion chaired by Beverley Griffiths from the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, we will see experts from many of these areas, including Fay Tennet from the iconic Houses of Parliament who have experiences two attacks, being brought together to discuss their common challenges and common lessons.

But what of future events with well-publicised activities attracting huge international audiences and global interest, a magnet for criminals and potential magnet for terrorists?  David Stewart, the Interim Head of Security for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will outline the importance of starting planning early and more.

Working with Home Office requirements, ensuring crowded places have protection built in to counter the ever-evolving threat, looking at the impact of novel threats such as drones are all further topics for discussion.  Roger Cumming, a Director with Fenley Martel who specialises in ensuring the right capabilities are in the right places for the right threats will be one of the key speakers looking into these challenges.

Topics will include:

  • Lessons from Manchester and elsewhere, how do we design security in and terror out?
  • Are the requirements the same? Protecting music festivals to sports stadia, hotels to travel hotspots and iconic buildings to museums
  • The social media impact on crowded places
  • Terror and Knife Crime, faith and social communities, their role in Security


Day 1

3rd December

TimeSession TitleSpeaker
10:00 - 10:10

Welcome from the Chair

Lee Dodridge, MD, Coveneant

10:10 - 10:30

The terrorist frequency report


10:30 - 10:50

Increasing public awareness & involvement - the core messages from CTP, ACT, protect & prepare , NctPHQ

Met Police

10:50 - 11:10

Importance of public private co-operation

Barrie Millett, Head of Security, Wesleyan & Don Randall, former Head of Security, Bank of England

11:10 - 11:30

Q&A with panel

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:15

Preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

David Stewart, Interim Head of Security, Commonwealth Games

12:15 - 13:15

Challenges of protecting different crowded places
Shopping Centre
Public Buildings
Importance of Preparation, partnership, leadership / public private collaboration / key threats ahead

Chaired by Beverley Griffiths, Resilience Capability Lead, Emergency Planning Cabinet Office
Fay Tennet, Security Manager, Parliament
Darren Henaghan, Managing Director, Borough Market

13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Challenges to managing public order - extinction rebellion/trump/europe

14:30 - 15:00

Safety & Security engagement with faith communities

15:00 - 15:30

Impact of media/social media on crowded places incidents

15:30 - 16:00

Designing technology into protecting crowded places

Roger Cumming, Director, Fenley Martel Ltd

16:00 - 16:30

Drones - help or hindrance for protecting crowded places

17:00 - 19:00