Director, Gentian Events and Chair
United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA)
Eric Stuart, QPM, BA, is the director of Gentian Events and the chair of the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA). He has been involved in crowd safety for 17 years and currently is a crowd safety manager for events ranging from summer festivals and concerts to Edinburgh Hogmanay. Eric is also engaged with crowd management at many complex “crowded space” environments, including large shopping centers and religious gatherings across the United States, Canada, and the UK. He has supported crowd management operations of 600,000 in Vancouver, on St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto, and during the largest Diwali celebrations outside India in Leicester, UK. He delivers crowd safety management training in Europe, the United States, and Canada. Most recently, he supported the U.S. Event Safety Alliance in its successful efforts to launch an ANSI Standard for Crowd Management, which was approved and launched in 2020.
Eric holds an FdA and a BA in crowd safety management and was the co-author of the 2015 “UK Good Practice Guide to Working in Safety Advisory Groups.” He also supported the UK Government Cabinet Office “EPC” in its rewrite and relaunch in 2019. He was an advisor to the British government counterterrorism “Crowded Places Guidance.” He spent much of 2020 supporting government and industry in writing guidance for the return of mass attendee events in a COVID environment.