Access All Areas April 2019 - Page 6

This month’s catch up… Arena appoints new CEO for UK & Europe Arena Events Group has announced the appointment of Chris Morris as chief executive of UK and Europe. Morris has over 20 years’ experience in the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors and joined Arena on 19 March. He was most recently managing director of the Events and Destinations Division of CH & Co, a catering and hospitality group. Morris also spent 9 years working with the Rugby Football Union as managing director of Twickenham Experience Ltd, responsible for the sales and management of all match day hospitality services and non- match day events at Twickenham Stadium. 06 Prior to that he was managing director of the Sports and Events Division of Compass Group plc, a multi-service provider of hospitality and associated services for many well-known sports venues and events across the UK. Greg Lawless, chief executive of Arena said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Arena team. He has held a number of senior executive positions within the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors, and is very well known in the industry. “Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position and I believe he will be a great asset to the Arena Group as we continue to grow the UK Division over the coming years”. Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019 celebrate accessibility People from across the UK’s live music industry gathered on 12 March at Islington Assembly Hall, for the inaugural Outstanding Attitude Awards. Attendees heard from fans and influential industry figures on why access to live music is so important, and celebrated the work being done across the sector to improve the accessibility of live events for deaf and disabled audiences. The Customer Service Award was given to British Summer Time, for its dedicated access line and contact centre team, while Soundsense picked up a Tech Innovation Award for work developing a rumble/ vibration pack used by the hearing-impaired at gigs. The Accessible Infrastructure Award went to GigLoo, which provides accessible portable toilets for disabled customers. The Ticketing Without Barriers Award was also given to British Summer Time and AEG Presents, for its accessible booking and plans to include sign language across all shows. The ten winners were selected by an independent panel of music fans, artists, journalists and industry experts from a wide-ranging final shortlist of entries. The judges included Alex Taylor of the BBC, James Hanley of Music Week, Jon Chapple of IQ magazine, Caroline Clift of Stand Out Magazine, and Sammy Andrews of Deviate. Jacob Adams, Attitude is Everything’s head of research and campaigns, commented: “The Outstanding Attitude Award shortlists sum up two key messages – first, that access is something everyone in the industry can and should engage with. “Second, that breaking down barriers it is a natural extension of qualities the industry has in spades – creativity, teamwork and immense passion for creating, sharing and enjoying live events with others.”