Kevin Sewell

Assistant Emergency Planning Officer, Scottish Borders Council

Kevin Sewell

Assistant Emergency Planning Officer, Scottish Borders Council

Biography

Kevin joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1985 and during his service was twice posted to the Events Planning Section. Kevin worked for four years within this section as an inspector and returned several years later for another four years as Chief Inspector. Within this period, Kevin was responsible for the planning of the major events and police operations in the force area. Most notably, Kevin was involved in the planning and execution of 8 Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations, the state visit of Pope Benedict and the state opening of the Scottish Parliament.

As an event planner, Kevin’s key role was to provide a planning environment where the primary concern was the safety of participants, the public and of police staff.  The key to his success was being part of the multi-agency Events Planning and Operations Group (EPOG). EPOG has exactly the same function as Safety Advisory Group (SAG).

On retiring from the Police in 2011, Kevin took up a post with the Scottish Borders Council, where his primary role is emergency planning. Through his policing experience, Kevin was aware that the Scottish Borders Council, like most other local authorities at the time, had no events planning structure. During the last 6 years, Kevin has worked towards putting in place a structure that is multi-agency based and all event organisers now understand and cooperate with. Throughout 2017, Kevin has chaired the SAG meeting for the 55 largest events within the Scottish Borders.