Event Safety Alliance appoints Andy Lenthall and Tim Roberts to Board of Directors

October 7, 2015 (Scottsdale, AZ) – Responding to its growing influence within the global event space, Event Safety Alliance today announced the addition of two world-renowned industry veterans to the group’s Board of Directors. By unanimous consent of the current Board, Andy Lenthall of the Production Services Association and Tim Roberts of The Event Safety Shop were appointed to the organization’s leadership body, and will use their extensive international experience to guide the ESA’s evolution into a worldwide force for cultural change.

“We’re extraordinarily honored by Andy and Tim’s involvement,” stated ESA Board Chairman Jim Digby.” “Both are visionaries and bridge-builders within the global marketplace, and have a proven track record of challenging the status quo for the benefit of those working in live events.  As the ESA looks to expand operations outside of the North American market, their insight will be indispensable helping us build relationships with government agencies, collaborate with existing industry groups, and to build a safety training and advocacy infrastructure where none currently exist.”

Commenting on his appointment, Andy Lenthall stated, “I’m delighted to be part of the continued, ambitious growth of the ESA. From being in the audience at Tour Link, hearing Jim’s passionate delivery and announcement of the formation of the ESA, I’ve been hooked on the idea of sharing knowledge and awareness of safe practices globally.”

Tim Roberts echoed Lenthall’s sentiments. “A safe workplace and a safe place to gather, whether it be for a concert, party or public ceremony should be a universal right and entitlement, and in its short lifetime the ESA has worked tirelessly to put life-safety and welfare considerations front-and-center of event planning. I am honored to have been invited to join the Board of the Event Safety Alliance, and I accept their invitation with pleasure.”

About Event Safety Alliance:

Event Safety Alliance (ESA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting and supporting “life safety first” during all phases of live event production. Through the dissemination of preparedness information, the development of planning & training resources, and the creation of software safety resources, the Event Safety Alliance strives to eliminate knowledge and awareness barriers that often contribute to unsafe conditions and behaviors. For additional information, visitwww.eventsafetyalliance.org.

About Andy Lenthall:

Andy Lenthall is the General Manager of the Production Services Association (PSA) as well as a director of Mondiale Publishing’s Technology Division which is responsible for magazines such as Mondo and TPi (which Andy co-founded) as well as the TPi Awards, the UK Festival Awards and Conference, and the European Festival Awards. Andy’s 11 year tenure at the helm of the PSA has seen membership quadruple and its influence strengthen. The PSA enjoys close dialogue with Government and its agencies, has helped devise an industry-specific insurance scheme, developed the Safety Passport Scheme that has delivered over 10,000 courses in basic safety knowledge, and has consulted with government agencies on matters as diverse as health and safety, apprenticeship development, employment status and spectrum management.

About Tim Roberts:

Tim Roberts has worked in the live event industry for nearly thirty years. Since 2000 he has been a Director and Senior Adviser at The Event Safety Shop Ltd in the UK, providing specialist safety advice throughout the sector and around the world. He is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. An early contributor to the UK’s Event Safety Guide (1999), Tim was instrumental in bringing that document across the Atlantic to form the basis of the ESA publication. He has contributed to other national guidance documents and is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and overseas. He continues with a wide range of touring, festival and event work. Having been the Health and Safety Coordinator at Glastonbury Festival (cap. 205,000) since 2002, he was appointed as its Operations Director in 2014. He can be relied upon to bring practical insight and understanding to any safety message.

Shelby CudeESA