Ben Harding, former head of health and safety at Manchester Central has been retained by Gallowglass Health and Safety (GGH&S) as an advisor, bolstering the consultancy’s MediaCityUK base in Salford.

Coming from a production background, Harding has provided safety support in the broadcast, film, TV and events industries across the UK and internationally for a number of years. He joined Manchester Central early in 2014, and was responsible for on-site strategic safety management, crowd management and strategic security arrangements at the venue.

Gallowglass’ managing partner, Steve Kearney, said: “Bringing Ben on board is a real coup for us. He has earned a phenomenal reputation at Manchester Central and knows the Northern events market better than anyone. Our team at Salford will benefit from the added firepower that he can contribute.”

Harding added: “I’ve obviously known GGH&S for a number of years and watched them take on increasingly high-profile and challenging projects. Because all their advisors have an events industry background, they put 100 per cent into supporting their clients’ events, rather than conducting a box-ticking exercise for legislation compliance. I’m confident that I can bring some further skills to the mix and help expand their client base in the North.”