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Showsec helps to make ‘No Tomorrow’ a glowing success

For a time it threatened to be more like ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ but a glorious summer’s evening engulfing the picturesque setting of Wollaton Park ensured that, in the end, 2014’s ‘No Tomorrow’ event was a glowing success.

The event’s organisers were delighted with this new addition to the festival calendar as 10,000 revellers flocked to the Nottingham venue and saw performances by London Grammar, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and chart-topping DJs including Duke Dumont.

Event security specialist Showsec played its part in helping the festival to emerge from gloomy forecasts of dark clouds, thunderstorms, hail and torrential rain. By the time the one-day festival was in full swing, the rain that had fallen in the early afternoon had thankfully given way to sunshine.

Wollaton Park: home of the 'No Tomorrow' event

Wollaton Park: home of the ‘No Tomorrow’ event

“You couldn’t ask for a better setting on a night like this,” said Joe Milner, Showsec’s area manager for the East Midlands who was part of the on-site team. “The biggest challenge was responding to situations caused by the weather, particularly conditions under foot. We were braced for the very worst, but by late afternoon you would hardly have known there were any concerns. Pleasingly, all the feedback about the event has been extremely positive. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic experience.”

Milner added: “There were two important factors in Showsec getting the opportunity to work at the festival. One was our close association with Nottingham City Council, and the other our familiarity with the venue as a result of the Splendour Festival held here in recent years. This provided us with a footprint in terms of how we planned for the ‘No Tomorrow’ event, even though it attracted a different type of audience.”

Improving the event and increasing numbers

The success of the event has certainly raised the prospect of ‘No Tomorrow’ establishing itself as an annual gathering at Wollaton Park.

“The intention is to go again with the event next year,” said Rob McCutcheon, team leader for Health and Safety at Nottingham City Council. “The venue lends itself really well to this size of festival. What we’re looking at is two or three high-quality events each year. They bring people in who then have a great time. That says something good about Nottingham as a city.”

McCutcheon added: “We would aim to improve this event and increase numbers, but generally it would only require tweaks here and there.”

McCutcheon stated that, in some respects, the plans for ‘No Tomorrow’ were very similar to those for Splendour in that Wollaton Hall – or ‘Wayne Manor’ as it’s affectionately known – was used as the backdrop for the show fields because that’s its biggest selling point.

From an operational point of view it was very different, and that’s where input from Showsec has been so valuable.

“Whereas Splendour is a family event where people come along and pitch down their picnics in one place for the duration,” stressed McCutcheon, “’No Tomorrow’ is designed for a younger audience and there was also a high level of migration from one stage to another.”

In conclusion, McCutcheon explained: “In addition, we had more formal search procedures and tighter restrictions on what people could bring into the event. Generally speaking, this was all managed extremely well and contributed to the success of the festival.”

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Matthew Loeb announced as next CEO for ISACA

ISACA – the global professional association serving 115,000 information systems assurance, security, governance and risk professionals – has selected Matthew S Loeb CAE as its new CEO.

With a strong background in enterprise strategy, corporate development, global business operations and governance, Loeb brings his extensive experience in leading innovation and strategic growth to ISACA.

“The ISACA Board of Directors welcomes Matt,” said Tony Hayes, international president of ISACA for 2013-2014 and chairman of the CEO search panel. “We look forward to working closely with him in building on our 45-year history, in turn helping our members and their enterprises drive value through information and information systems.”

Hayes continued: “Matt is the right person to lead ISACA and is an ideal match for the execution of ISACA’s Strategy 2022, a long-term plan to expand the association’s reach into critical areas impacting business and technology, including cyber security and privacy. Matt’s experience in digital publishing, certification, global expansion and new programs in emerging technologies is key as we continue to enhance our resources for enterprises and members.”

Matthew Loeb CAE: the next CEO at ISACA

Matthew Loeb CAE: the next CEO at ISACA

Loeb will assume his role as ISACA CEO on 1 September 2014. He comes to ISACA having completed a 20-year career as staff executive for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and as the executive director of the IEEE Foundation.

Loeb takes over the position from acting CEO Ron Hale PhD CISM, who has filled the role since Susan M Caldwell retired in September 2013 after 21 years as CEO.

Increasingly complex challenges to be faced

Speaking about his new appointment, Loeb commented: “As enterprises continue to invest in information systems to build personal relationships with their customers and gain business efficiencies, challenges of compliance, risk, big data, privacy and cyber security are increasing complexity for ISACA members in their work to ensure trust and value from these systems.”

He went on to state: “While ISACA already delivers resources to help, we have the opportunity to do even more, including increasing appreciation for the role our professionals play in advancing economic prosperity and keeping the digital world safe. I’m privileged to have the opportunity to partner with ISACA’s Board and employees in order to grow the organization’s influence and impact on the global stage.”

Established in 1969, ISACA serves members in more than 180 countries and offers four globally recognised certifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

ISACA developed the COBIT framework which helps companies govern and manage their information and technology, and recently launched the Cyber Security Nexus program to help enterprises develop their cyber security workforce and address the global skills shortage.

Additional information about ISACA is available at: http://www.isaca.org

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MITIE reports strong sustainability performance in 2014

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer MITIE Group plc has announced a significant increase in sustainability performance for the ninth consecutive year as well as strong progress towards its 2020 targets.

Published today, The Sustainability Report highlights initiatives such as the Women of Work network, launched during the year to raise the profile of women at MITIE.

A new partnership has also been established with Remploy – the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services to people who experience complex barriers to work – in order to create greater diversity in the workplace.

MITIE is one of the largest private sector employers of apprentices in the UK, with over 1,700 currently in training (a 25% increase on the prior year). Through its bespoke eLearning platform, MITIE has also delivered over 135,000 hours of training to employees.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE: CEO at MITIE Group plc

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE: CEO at MITIE Group plc

Health and Safety is also a top performing area for MITIE. The Work Safe Home Safe! Campaign raises awareness of safety at work, and has resulted in a 10% reduction in the major injury rate in addition to a 28% reduction in the incident severity rate.

The MITIE Foundation and apprentice scheme

The MITIE Foundation, which was set up last year to focus on MITIE’s community engagement activities, has increased overall community investment by 14% to £834,240.

The MITIE Group’s award-winning apprentice scheme, Ready2Work, has also helped over 50 people to become ‘work ready’.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, CEO at MITIE Group plc, said: “Sustainability is more than a business strategy. It’s part of every decision we make. We’re building a business that’s all about long-term relationships with clients, our people and the communities in which we work. Our sustainability strategy plays a critical role in our ongoing success.”

To read the full report visit: http://www.mitie.com/documents/sustainability/sustainability-cr-reports/sustainability-report-2014.pdf

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