About Sophie Ridley

Sophie Ridley for Safents Consulting

Safety Officer Boxed Off, Fairyhouse Sept 2015
Event Controller Proms on the Pier, Dun Laoghaire Aug 2015

Event Controller The Big Grill 2015, Dublin Aug 2015

Event Manager The Beatyard, Dun Laoghaire Aug 2015

Safety Officer Laya City Spectacular Dublin July 2015

Safety Officer ESB Powering Potentials Dublin June 2015

Safety Officer & Licensing Life Festival 2015

Safety Officer Vantastival 2015 May 2015

Safety Officer Barnardos Easter Egg Trail April 2015

Safety Officer Farm Machinery Show, Punchestown, Feb 2015

Event Controller & Site manager Big Love for Barnardos 2014 Marlay Grange House
Venue Manager Amplify 2014 – Bastille De Barras Clonakilty

Safety Officer Arts Council Culture Night 2014

Safety Officer O2 Rebrand Aug 2014

Event Controller The Big Grill 2014

Safety Officer Keith Whyte Ultramarathon Courtmacsherry 2014
Location Risk Assessments Irish Screen Training VFX course 2014
Event Manager & Licensing Westport Festival of Music & Food 2014

Location Risk Assessments for Bog Body film

Safety Officer Life Festival 2014

Safety Officer Back to Back Marathon Clonakilty 2014

Venue Manager Giro Italia Family Fun Day Merrion Square

Safety Officer Vantastival Festival 2014

Event Manager Dublin Catwalk 2014 for the National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland


Officer Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon 2013

Safety Officer Samhain, Glendalough Hse

Safety Officer & Venue Manager Arthur’s Day 2013

Event Controller & Safety Officer Sherkin Responsibilities 2013

Licensing & Event Controller Westport Festival of Music & Food 2013

Film Health & Safety Services RTE’s The Centre, ‘The Canal’ , Irish Screen Training VFX course & various commercials 2013


Safety Officer Vantastival 2011, 2012, 2013

Safety Officer Life Festival 2012, 2013


Safety Officer Spirit of Folk Festival 2012

Deputy Event Controller Westport Festival 2012Safety Officer Jedward @ Peamount Hospital 2012

Event Controller Temple House Music Festival 2010 2011

Event Controller Cork X South West 2011

Safety Officer & Head of Security EU Charter of Rural Communities Concerts 2011

Event Controller Open House Festival 2011


Advance Logistics Kylie Aphrodite Les Folies World Tour 2011


Event Controller National Ploughing Championships 2010

MCD Productions (2002-2010) Ireland’s pre-eminent live events promoters
Event controller, Safety Officer

Event Controller for all open air shows and high risk indoor shows, responsible for specifying, procuring, budgeting & managing all security, medics, fire fighters, stewards & volunteers & Emergency services liaison, Emergency Planning, day to day management, trouble shooting etc.

Managed event control department with responsibility for security, medical, public safety, Emergency Services liaison, occupational health and safety for all indoor MCD shows & venues including the Olympia Theatre, Ambassador Theatre and the Academy, O2, RDS & Millstreet shows.

Responsible for all company policies involving public & occupational safety.

Safety Officer for the Olympia Theatre, Ambassador Theatre & The Academy
Shows include: Oxegen 2006-2009, T in the Park 2002-2005, U2 & Take That (2009),Celine Dion, Westlife & Neil Diamond (2008) & The Police (2007) @ Croke Park, AC/DC 2009 & Bon Jovi (2008) @ Punchestown, Rolling Stones (2007) and Oasis (2010) @ Slane Castle,Cois Pharaige 2007-2009, Heineken Green Energy 2005 -2008, Marlay Park shows 2005 – 2009 including Oasis, Metallica, The Killers & Muse, Childline & Meteor Award shows 2004-2009,Disney on Ice shows 2004-2009, Off the Rails 2006-2008, Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork 2004, Red Bull Air Race Cashel 2005, Red Bull X Fighters Slane Castle 2007.


Production S Ltd (1996-2005) Managing Director – Event Management Company
Event Manager, Event Controller, Safety Officer

Event management/control/safety for events including T in the Park 1993 – 2002, Creamfields Festival 1999-2002, Red Bull Air & Water Victoria Docks. London 1998, Belfast Waterfront 1999, Gig on the Green Glasgow 2003, Eminem Hampden Stadium 2003, Live n Loud 2001-5.


Agent Simply Red (1992 – 1996)

Worldwide agent (Excl the Americas) Simply Red – 2 world tours incl Europe, Middle East, Far East, Australia & New Zealand, South America


G.P.Presentations Ltd (1985-1996) Event Management Company (UK) – Joint Owner/MD

Produced & managed international tours by artists such as Simply Red, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Ry Cooder, Marc Almond, Sisters of Mercy, Art Garfunkel. Fulfilled variety of positions including tour manager, tour director, production manager, tour accountant


Education & Qualifications

University of Durham BA (Hons)
University of Coventry – Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Planning
University of Strathclyde Diploma Occupational Safety & Health Pt1
MIMMS (Major Incident Medical Management & Support)

Public Safety at Festivals & Mass Gathering (UK Home Office Emergency Planning College)

Nebosh Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

Nebosh Certificate in Fire Safety
                                                                 

Joiff Certificate in Mechanical Fire Hydraulics, Hydrants, Mains & Hose reels, Fire Extinguishers – Specification & Maintenance in accordance with Irish & European Standards

Security Team Leader
ECDL Train the Trainer

Founder Member & Founder Vice Chairperson Production Services Association

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