Mahesh is one of AP's founders. He started in the industry in 1984 as a voluntary steward and began trading in 1991. Now Finance Director, Mahesh is instrumental not only in the company's drive towards financial success, but also investment in administrative and communications support such as the automated rostering and booking tool, Schedule Master (AP is one of the first owners and users of the system in the UK), as well as utilising the latest fingerprint technology for time and attendance systems.
Mahesh now forms one fifth or the Director-level leadership of AP, a company he has been instrumental in growing to its position of industry leader.
Martyn started working in crowd management back to the early 80s. Since then, he has been instrumental in brokering many legislative and best practice procedures throughout the industry. His forthright and honest approach to the most complex issues has seen him become a key player at world renown venues such as Wembley Stadium (Level 5 Manager) and at major events like Glastonbury Festival (Silver Command member). A very clear thinker who can be relied upon to make things happen, Martyn has kept AP at the forefront of the industry.
Taking the Director's lead in Training, HR, and Sales and Business Development, Martyn has seen and, indeed, championed, huge change since the days of football hooliganism and unlicensed security in those heady days when his beloved Chelsea and Mott The Hoople ruled London.
Andrew joined the Crowd Management industry in 1994. He has been head of arena security at Leeds Festival since its inception in 1999, plays a pivotal role at Glastonbury Festival (head of AP arena security) and holds similar roles at many of the festivals and large-scale events that AP works at. Andrew is now AP's Director of Strategic Development, overseeing all company procedural and policy issues and continues with consultancy work on major projects throughout the world. He was very proud to be AP's Contract Manager at 10 venues for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Andrew has a plethora of attributes that make him perfect for his role at AP. The fact that he is a self-confessed late 70s / early 80s music geek isn't one of them...
In 1992, John joined AP as a part time steward. Since then, he has moved through supervisor level and is now Business Development Manager. As well as being a first class salesman - he has been instrumental in securing many of AP's major clients, including the likes of Festival Republic - John works on events big and small, from Leeds Festival and Luton Carnival to Henley Festival of Music and Art. His attention to detail and management skills are legendary. When clients see John, they know they're in safe hands; he is one of the reasons they love AP and keep coming back year after year.
Chris started his career in a turnstile at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid in 1985. He got the bug working the Stadium and worked his way up to being part of the Security Management team for Euro 96. He was also a main player at Wembley Arena for the same period, where he became Head of Security from 1996-2000.
Now, as AP Security’s Southern Regional Manager, he oversees the day-to-day planning of the operations department and is heavily involved in the preparation and planning of some of the company’s largest and most prestigious events including the Isle of Wight Festival, Rewind Festivals, and the Henley Festival of Music and Arts, to name a few.
Chris is also the Head of Security for the legendary O2 Academy Brixton, a role he has kept for a very proud 11 years.
Chris still has the bug for live events and enjoys the challenges that it brings. His wife has always said that when he retires he should write a book on the last 27 years in the industry, but he is a true professional and probably won't!!
A long-suffering Luton Town fan, he is longing for the good times to return. It is proving to be a long wait...
Simon was born and bred in Blackpool and takes pride in being a sand groaner (look it up). Simon joined AP over 14 years ago, having worked the pub and nightclub doors in Blackpool before that.
Starting work as steward, Simon quickly rose through the ranks. He has taken senior roles at some of the countries busiest events such as Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Bradford Mela, Bristol Harbour Festival, Latitude Festival, Big Chill and will also be seen at a number of Olympic venues.
Simon is not only one of the longest serving staff members, but also one of the most senior, a status he shares with Chris Hollands.
Simon loves hard rock music, motorbikes and loves adding to his tattoo collection. He has a fear of flying and has faith that one day his beloved Motorhead will play at one of the festivals he works at.
Jimmy has 24 years experience within the security industry, with 19 of them in management across both the public and private sectors.
He has held various roles within manned guarding, followed by a spell in facilities management. This allowed him to become involved in security system design and led to him designing and project managing some major electronic projects. Since he joined AP, he has been worked on all aspects of head office operations. He is currently responsible for all company accreditations and affiliations.
Jimmy is also AP's horse racing guru, with Ascot and Royal Ascot as flagship projects within this very specialist industry. But don't rely on him as a tipster as he's known for backing the horse with three legs!
Mike started running small music events at the tender age of 17, moving onto events stewarding and security whilst studying events management at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). During this time, he worked for Millennium Stadium, Cardiff City FC and various stewarding organisations such as Oxfam, where his summers were spent at festivals. Mike joined AP in June 2010 in the role of operational planning and has been involved with several major contracts in addition to day-to-day activities. He has been the company health and safety representative since July 2011, dealing with risk assessments, as well as accident reporting and investigation. Mike has now been promoted to AP's new Bristol Office Manager.
Emma joined AP in 2003, having previously lived an alternative life in the highlands of Scotland, living off the land and enjoying life. But the world of security soon became her passion and in 2007, she became one of AP's managers. Since her appointment as the Leeds Office Manager, Emma has taken lead roles in AP's Bradford Council contract, Bradford Bulls, Bingley Music Live. Emma knows the industry from the ground up, having started work for AP security as a steward and worked her way through the ranks to the position she holds now.
Emma Loves motorbikes and claims to be able to dance like any 80s girl band... except better! She also has three children - we have no idea how she fits it all in!
With over 10 years experience in the accounting sector Ella is no stranger in dealing with large corporate accounts. As the Accounts Manager, she's the backbone of the financial department, undertaking everything necessary to keep the accounts department running smoothly, as well as being right hand woman to the Financial Director.
Ella's can-do attitude and meticulous manner ensures that all financial matters are dealt with accurately, whilst always pursuing ways to streamline her department.
Amazingly, Ella still manages to find time to involve herself in various other company projects, including producing the AP in-house newsletter.
Hard working and enthusiastic are two words that perfectly describe Operations Manager James Turner, who can generally be found jointly managing the AP contract at the infamous The O2 Arena. James is also involved with events away from The O2 such as running other AP venues, planning and running events from summer balls to Formula 1 show days and being an integral part of Royal Ascot as Jimmy Flynn's right hand man.
James had worked for several security companies after leaving university, but his potential was recognised and developed by AP, where he is now part of the Senior Management Team.