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Multi-association security awareness (MASA) working group



Aims to represent the entire events industry and to enable greater and wider outreach of government guidance, especially around counter-terror measures and intelligence. MASA will monitor the flow of information from authoritative agencies like the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), the Home Office and Home Secretary  and cascade updates to its members.



"MASA was conceived and created in recognition of our joint responsibility as an industry to bring people together in a place and keep them safe. This multi-association support and engagement will be essential to provide a central conduit for the timely dissemination of consistent security information, evolving legislation, advice and counter-terror updates, to the event industry."

Henry Havis, Head of Security - ExCeL London

Meet the chair and vice chair


Henry Havis

Head of Security

ExCeL London

Vice chair

Paul Williams

Director of Safety, Security & Risk

The O2

"The formation of MASA consolidates and strengthens our industry's response to the risk of terror attacks and other malicious risks. I'm proud that the AEV has been the driving force behind this important initiative. Now the UK event industry has an over-arching security and counter-terror information framework providing a solid foundation for safer, more secure events now and in the future."

Rachel Parker, Director - AEV


Currently, MASA has the support of eight key organisations in the UK live event industry including AEV, Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Event Suppliers and Services Association (ESSA), Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), National Arenas Association (NAA), NOEA (National Outdoor Events Association) and The UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA).

 Who is it for?

Membership of this group is made up of fifteen senior representatives from event industry associations.

MASA will meet quarterly, one month after its representative attends the latest Counter Terrorism Business Information Exchange (CTBIE) meeting, allowing it to evaluate how the latest information affects the event industry and provide specific advice and warnings to all sectors, regions and event types.

AEV MASA working group members


Member Venues