Charlie is a highly experienced and respected Events & Safety Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the project management and operational delivery of televised mass events across the UK. An experienced event planner & director, producing event safety plans for urban & Greenfield sites, he created the operational & safety systems behind the Great Run series. Focused on operational and safety management, Charlie has a strong interest in improving best practice at events and developing the next generation of event professionals through leadership, lecturing and support.
Following a long career at The Great Run Company, the UK’s leading mass participation events agency, Charlie went freelance in October 2020 and provides Event & Safety consultancy to a number of clients including Massive. During the pandemic he refocused his safety skills & TV Outside
Broadcast experience into TV production safety, joining First Option as an Associate Consultant, acting as Safety Advisor & COVID-19 Advisor on TV productions & photoshoots. He is a guest lecturer at a number of UK universities and HE institutions.
In 2013 he completed the level 5 University Diploma in Event Safety Management at Derby, and is a member of the IIRSM & Tech IOSH.
As Senior Operations Manager at The Great Run Company, Charlie was the author of the Event Safety Plan for the worlds biggest half marathon, and Finish Director of the Great North Run for 20 years. He was Event Director for the Great Manchester Run from its inception in 2003 up to 2019, developing it to a peak of up 40,000 runners live on BBC. He led operational & safety management across the event series; developing a team of event managers, site safety advisers, event control officers, external crew and suppliers.
During his time with TGRC Charlie was involved with a variety of televised sporting events including the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series on C4; Nationwide Football League playoffs & England matches; BBC Match of the Day Live Show; Great Swim series with C4 and the BBC; and the Great Run Series with the BBC, Five & Sky including the UK's leading 10 mile run the Great South Run with 25000 entrants and Great Runs in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Balmoral, Sheffield, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Addis Ababa & Dublin.
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