Steve Blake

Committee member

Steve Blake

Steve (Awen UK) is a Technical Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a member of the UKCMA (United Kingdom Crowd Management Association), a committee member of the IOSH Sports Grounds and Events Group, a Member of the Association of Security Consultants, a Member of the Association of Festival Organisers, is on the UK Register of Independent Security Consultants, he is a Licensed Close Protection Officer and holds a Level 5 Diploma in Event Safety Management from Derby University as well as various Emergency Planning College certifications. He also teaches numerous Security Industry Authority, First Aid and Spectator Safety qualifications and bespoke CSM, ESM and ESM well as lecturing on event safety and crowd management nationwide.

Steve has a proven track record of over 35 years as an accomplished Freelance Safety, Security and Crowd Management professional operating nationally with an extensive background in Strategic Planning, Operational, Managerial and Directorial roles delivering solutions for a wide variety of event safety and security industry sectors in varied and diverse environments. Steve started his career within the Event and Festival Security and Crowd Management industries and experienced the development of the Event Safety and Crowd Management sectors first hand and from the ground up.

In 2014 Steve took a sabbatical from Awen UK to become the Safety, Security and Crowd Management Manager for the Tour de France 2014 (Stages One and Two of the UK Grand Depart), the world's largest annual sporting event with 4.7 million spectators in the UK alone, which was recognised as the safest Grand Depart undertaken. Until 2013 he was Safety, Security, Crowd Management and Development Director of the Vaynol Estate North Wales' Strategic Major Event Site and also works alongside Hugh Edwin Jones (Msc) providing event management, safety, security and crowd management consultancy for Awen UK.

Steve is also a bestselling Author and Lecturer is published in several languages and was elected to The Society of Authors General and Academic Branches in 2000. Steve is passionate about standards and competence within the industry and about the delivery of crowd safety operations and training