Michael Anderson

EC&O Venues, group head of health & safety

As group head of health & safety at EC&O, Michael has responsibility for the safety and welfare of as many as 50,000 people per day at the venues. A Chartered Member of IOSH, he sits on the British Standards Technical Committee for Imaging. He has 20 years experience as a Safety Professional in Construction, Facilities and Event Management. As Chairman of SAGE, the Safety Advisor's Group in Entertainment, he facilitates the UK's largest specialist safety group in events. Michael is currently President of The IEAM and Chairman of the ABTT Safety Committee.

Robin Elias

Unusual Rigging, technical director

Robin Elias started his rigging career nearly 100 years ago, on the road with Rock & Roll bands including the Rolling Stones, Genesis and Pink Floyd. At the age of 40, seeking the quieter life, he sold his rigging company to then friendly rivals, Unusual Rigging. Robin has remained with Unusual, as technical director ever since. He is also involved with the National Rigging Certificate accreditation scheme, as an Assessor, Centre Manager and Internal Verifier.

Abigail Matthews

Momentum Engineering, director

Abigail co-founded Momentum in 2005. She has worked on a wide range of projects from small, bespoke architectural projects to multi million pound mixed use development schemes. In recent years she has specialised in the sports, venue and entertainment sectors, and has worked closely with production teams and specialist rigging contractors on the engineering and delivery of a variety of temporary structures and events.

Lori Rubinstein

PLASA, director of international programs

Lori has been involved in the entertainment technology industry for over 35 years. Her roles have included lighting designer, stage manager, and working for a dealer, manufacturer, and theatre consultant. A founding member and later executive director of ESTA, she is currently Director of International Programs for PLASA.

Bill Sapsis

Sapsis Rigging, president

As a welder, rigger, company president and author Bill has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. Starting Sapsis Rigging in 1981 he developed the company into an internationally recognized leader in the design and installation of stage equipment. Bill's seminar program has worldwide recognition and was the recipient of ESTA's highest honour the 2010 EVA Swan Award. Bill is a USITT Fellow, a member of the ETCP Council and Chair of the Rigging Working Group for PLASA NA.

Panellists

Roy Schilderman

Self employed rigger

Roy graduated in Technical Physics at Delft University. He is currently involved in a workgroup within the Dutch Standardisation Institute (NEN) that writes Codes of Practices for the Entertainment Industry, like the NPR 8020-13 Riggingplan. Other current work: Risk Assessments, fixed installations, structural calculations, (load) measurements & research and training / education.