Head of Operations at Boomtown Fair
| Session: Operations Workshop, Studio 2, 16:00-17:00 | Judy is the Head of Operations at Boomtown and has been active in the UK and international events industry since 2003. Having started her events career engaged a volunteer Steward for Oxfam on the entry gates at Glastonbury Festival in 1995, Judy has since worked across a range of operational roles within the Festival and Events Industry. Judy spent 7 years as the Manager of Oxfam’s Festival Team, setting up their stewarding team and overseeing and delivering the staffing recruitment, deployment and operations of over 6,500 volunteers across over 25 green field music festivals. In 2011, she decided to broaden her roles, and left Oxfam to become freelance. Her first role was Event Services Venue Manager for the Beach Volleyball competition at the Horse Guards Parade for the London 2012 Olympics. Since 2012, Judy’s operational roles have spanned health & safety, crowd management, campsite management, gates management, evictions, security operations, Event Control, and operations management. These have been delivered across 90 shows, with regular clients including Glastonbury Festival, Love Saves the Day, Shambala Festival, Bestival, WOMAD, St Paul’s Carnival, Boomtown. From 2016 to present, Judy has been a member of the core management team for Boomtown Festival (77,000 cap) in Winchester, working initially as Security Operations Manager and now as Head of Operations. She continues to also operate in a freelance capacity, primarily offering Event Control services for large one day and multi-day camping music festivals. Over the course of the Covid pandemic, Judy used her unexpected free time to co-establish an organisation to challenge the issues of diversity and inclusion within the UK festival industry. As a part of this she has worked on several anti-harassment campaigns including Halt Harassment, a Bristol based initiative for the night-time economy, and MDLBEAST in Saudi Arabia to deliver a bold, ground-breaking anti-harassment campaign and operation at Soundstorm 2021. Judy has also been an active member of the DCMS/Festivals and Outdoor events working group over 2020/21 working with industry members and the government on developing Covid guidance, and event industry strategies for managing Covid, local authorities and navigating government legislation and guidance.