Carl Hagemann BA(Hons) CMIOSH MISRM PGCE


Executive Committee Member

Place of birth

South Shields

IOSH background

I studied at South Tyneside College for the NEBOSH Cert and Diploma.

I have been a branch member for five years, and I joined the Tyne and Wear Branch Executive Committee in 2008.

Branch activity

  • Member of Tyne and Wear Branch 2004 to date.
  • Executive member 2008 to date.

Professional experience

I have worked in local government for most of my career, mostly in the leisure sector. My employers have included South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council, Newcastle City Council, Chester le Street District Council, Blyth Valley Borough Council and presently Sunderland City Council.

I started as a beach lifeguard in 1984. One of my claims to fame is having worked at every pool in Newcastle! I bet you did not know there was a swimming pool built into the Byker Wall. I am a graduate in business studies and marketing and also hold a PGCE among other qualifications, and have a particular interest in the law of tort.

My involvement with health and safety started when I was responsible for the design, procurement and maintenance of playgrounds in south-eastern Northumberland, starting with the NEBOSH Certificate and then on to the Diploma. My career then expanded into event management and then into events safety, and I'm now the Event Safety Co-ordinator for Sunderland City Council, working on events such as the Sunderland International Airshow.

Membership of professional bodies and working groups


I gained Chartered status in 2007 and regularly attend IOSH branch meetings. Recently I join the executive committee and presently I enjoy playing a constructive role in regional health and safety.

Institute of Sport and Recreation Management

I was the NE Regional President for the ISRM for 2008/9. I am also a member of the ISRM National Strategy Forum and represent the ISRM nationally with regard to event management, event safety and play.

BSI British Standards Institution

I am a member of the SW65 Committee that deals with children's playground equipment. The standards that are produced by this committee are BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177. The committee consists of many bodies, including RoSPA, the Association of Play Industries and the LGA.

Play Safety Forum

The Play Safety Forum is an independent forum hosted by Play England as part of Play England's work to research, develop and advocate effective policies and good practice for play provision. The areas of interest and delivery of the PSF are defining the role of risk and challenge in play and play provision and advising on policy in relation to risk and safety in places where children play. Its members include the HSE, RoSPA and the Child Accident Prevention Trust. The Current PSF publication Managing risk in play provision has just been launched.

National Outdoor Events Association

I am the ISRM representative for NOEA. Established in 1979, the National Outdoor Events Association has over 500 members, including local authorities, festival and event organisers, universities, suppliers of equipment and services, and practitioners generally in the world of outdoor events. NOEA's policy is to educate, share ideas and best practice, and develop knowledge and skills and to promote networking.

Event Industry Forum

This is an informal body which meets twice a year for events industry trade associations and similar bodies to discuss issues of common interest. The EIF has played a significant role with the HSE in the past and current development of HSG 195 (Event Safety Guide). Current health and safety issues are regular agenda items. Members include the Association of Festival Organisers and UK Crowd Management Association. I am currently tasked with rewriting one of the chapters of HSG 195 for the HSE in 2009/10.

Local Authority Event Organisers Group

I am an independent member of this group, which enables national networking on topical issues, shared experiences and clarification of continuity nationally. Safety is a constant agenda item that I regularly promote.

Amusement Device Safety Council

I am the LAEOG representative for the ADSC. It is the policy-making body for safety, self-regulation and technical guidance in the UK amusement industry. This committee, in partnership with the HSE, develops the policy for and oversees the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS). The ADSC was instrumental in the creation of HSG 175.

Safer Events Policy Group

The group meets annually to promote interagency discussion and involvement in the principles of the Safety Advisory Group as a means of achieving a safe event. The Safer Events Policy aims to standardise safety requirements and guidance across the region. I regularly suggest and deliver agenda items at the group.

Other interests

I'm a keen all-weather motorcyclist. I have a few track days under my belt now... what a thrill! You may see me on Westgate Road (the Hill) on Saturday mornings trying to resist buying another motorbike! I am currently waiting to see whether I get another place for the London Marathon, and I'm a keen surfer - though should go more as I live practically on the beach at Tynemouth.

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