The Events Industry Forum represents the UK outdoor events industry and publishes the Purple Guide, the guidance formerly published by the Health & Safety Executive which is widely recognised as the key reference source for managing events outdoors.   

Membership of the Forum, which operates as a not-for-profit organisation, is made up of event industry trade associations and representative organisations.   It also has an Associated Membership of enforcement agencies and similar bodies who meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest.

The Forum Articles set out the parameters for how the Forum functions, including details of its operational structure and voting rights.  See Articles here

The Forum has a Chair and Secretary who are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the organisation as well as a Board of Directors who are elected by the membership.  

Current Officers of the Forum

  • Chair – Steve Heap (Association of Festival Organisers – 01629 827014)
  • Secretary - Jim Winship (The Event Services Association – 07850 104034)

Other Board Members

  • Eric Stuart (UKCMA)
  • Mark Laurie (NCASS)
  • Carl Hagemann (CIMSPA)