Brain Food: Unlikely managers - Bonfire Night Organiser

Jack Adam Head of Security and Events, Wandsworth Borough Council

When did you become a manager?

Nine and a half years ago, when I left the army and started work as event manager here.

What does management mean to you?

It's about handling a range of projects that come together in one big event. I'm responsible for all the events the borough produces, and 73 staff. As far as the fireworks displays are concerned, I'm responsible for everything - the marketing, sponsorship, corporate hospitality, the fireworks and the public. In Battersea Park, we've got to get 50,000 people in and out in an hour and a half, in the dark. On the night, I wear a headset with a mobile feed into one ear for the event staff and a radio feed into the other for the police. My job is co-ordinating all those bits. We set a budget of £34,000 for the fireworks and put it out to tender. It's about choreography, so I want ideas for special effects and music. Managing the fireworks is the part most directly related to my army explosives training: the use of small arms is not generally that useful in local government.

What do you love/hate about it?

I love the buzz and seeing a crowd of 50,000 people go 'wow'. I hate clearing up.

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