T in the Park has appointed a new security manager, traffic manager and site management company as part of a re-structure of the festival’s operational team.
Former T in the Park police event commander, Colin Brown, has been named security manager, and former road police inspector Ian Martin will take on the role of traffic manager. APL Events has been appointed to look after site management, when the festival returns to Strathallan Castle from July 8-10, 2016.
This week’s announcement comes as part of DF Concerts and Events ongoing plans to address some teething issues from the 2015 event. Last July, Scotland’s biggest music festival event celebrated its first year at Strathallan Castle, with music fans attending each day to see some of the biggest names in music, with headline performances from Kasabian, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
T in the Park’s new security manager, Brown, was formerly superintendent for emergency, event and resilience planning for the north region of Police Scotland. In this role, he held the national lead for policing music festivals and led the police operation planning at T in the Park for several years.
Martin has worked on the local roads of Perth and Kinross for more than 20 years. He has been involved in the road planning of T in the Park since its first year at Balado, as well as working on other major events throughout Scotland.
DF Concerts has also appointed APL Events as the new site management company, with Phil Ludford coming on board as site manager. For Ludford, T in the Park is in his blood – his father, Paul Ludford, was once site manager of T in the Park and Phil worked for the festival in his younger years.
Colin Rodger, event manager of T in the Park, said: “We’ve had a full de-brief on the 2015 festival with all relevant agencies including Police Scotland, Traffic Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council as well as festival goers and local residents. We have listened to every single comment and we thank everyone for their valuable input.
“We’re now focused on delivering the 2016 festival and we know where we need to improve. By restructuring the management of key areas, such as the site and security, we will solve issues from last year’s event.
“Colin and Ian are very well-respected and highly experienced professionals and both have worked on T in the Park in their former Police Scotland roles so understand the festival. We’re thrilled to have them on board for 2016. APL Events are leaders in their field and have run some of the most popular festivals in the UK. We’re constantly moving forward and putting measures in place to make T 2016 memorable for all the right reasons.”
Brown, commenting on his new position, said: “I’ve worked at the festival for several years and look forward to revamping the security set up and having a more hands-on role in one of the biggest highlights in Scotland’s cultural calendar. I’m no stranger to the policing of T, having led the operation for several successful weekends previously.
“This year we want to make sure all festival-goers can have fun and feel safe while on site, with security staff fully briefed and the right numbers of staff in the right places. We’re confident we’ll have measures in place so that everyone can haves a great weekend in July.”
Martin added: “I’m thrilled to be on board as traffic manager of this year’s T in the Park, as it returns to its new home in Strathallan. I have worked with the festival for many years, so am more than familiar with the planning process of an event of this stature and I look forward to implementing my experience to my role. I’ll be working closely with organisers and locals to make sure everyone – from festival goers to local residents – have a safe and enjoyable weekend at Strathallan Castle.”