Leeds University Business School Socio-Technical Centre - Seminar Series

17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Liberty Building Room: G.32 University of Leeds

London 2012 – The Journey to a Secure Games

Andrew Amery
London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games (LOCOG) was formed following London’s successful bid to host the Games back in July 2005 and we are delighted to welcome Andrew Amery, who will describe the journey from the bid to the delivery of a secure Games last summer.

The presentation will cover the security approach which was based upon key commitments made to the International Olympic Committee during the bid. Andrew will talk about the learning and experiences from Beijing 2008, the impact of the terrorist attacks on the London underground system the day after the bid was won, the approach to physical and operational security delivery as well as some of the competing demands of security and safety specialists. The presentation will reinforce the importance of a ‘people based’ approach to planning and delivery and how to use effective initiatives to integrate security into a multi functional organisation.

Andrew Amery has operated at a strategic level in London’s Olympic project for over 9 years. Joining the bid in 2003 he developed the security plan; outlining London’s approach and experience. Following the successful campaign Andrew worked closely with the government and police to finalise the structures and processes resulting in the creation of the Olympic Security Directorate and LOCOG’s Security Department.

At LOCOG he pioneered the initial planning, driving forward an innovative risk assessment process and security plans. He was the catalyst to the development of the ‘bridging the gap’ initiative to bring young people into the security industry. He has held a senior role within the security department throughout; giving him an unparalleled experience and insight into major event security.

His background is from the Metropolitan Police where he specialised in major events. In the mid 1990’s he was a key member of the planning team for the Notting Hill carnival, pioneering work on public safety and major incident plans. He later served as a protection officer to the Royal family; responsible for protection planning for all major Royal events including The Queen Mother’s funeral, the 2002 Commonwealth Games and The Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Please email stc@lubs.leeds.ac.uk or call 0113 343 1908, for more information.

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