John is currently the Stadium and Facilities Director at Arsenal Football Club and has been with the Club for the last 30 years, overseeing the changes at Highbury and the build of Emirates Stadium. This has involved putting together all of the various procedures used to ensure the stadium works efficiently.
He is currently also the President of The European Safety and Stadium Management Association (ESSMA). ESSMA offers a platform to stadium professionals where they can share, learn and discuss topics related to ESSMA’s areas of expertise: Stadium Development, Operations & Ticketing, Sustainability & Smart Stadiums, Safety & Security, Fan Entertainment & Hospitality and Pitch Management.
Next to this John has worked on a number of the National standard training documents for both stewards and safety officers and is a member of UEFA’s Stadium Construction & Management Panel. He has been heavily involved in the Stadium preparations for EURO 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine.
John also provided advisory services for various Stadium projects in amongst other places Qatar, Australia, India and Azerbaijan.
He will use his wealth of knowledge and experience to cover the ins and outs of matchday operations.
ARSENAL FC, Stadium & Facilities Director
UEFA, Stadium Expert