UKCMA Welcomes Anne Marie Chebib as New Chair

The UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) has extended thanks and warmest wishes to Eric Stuart QPM who, after five years of unwavering dedication, will be retiring from his role as Chair of the association.

In his farewell message, delivered at UKCMA’s inaugural conference in March, Eric expressed pride in the association’s accomplishments during his tenure, including becoming the go-to organisation for crowd-related queries in the UK. Stuart acknowledged the industry’s resilience during the Covid years and thanked Anne Marie Chebib for her unwavering dedication as the association’s Secretary.

Reflecting on his time as Chair, Stuart said, “All we have achieved is down to her support and unending commitment to this Association and its members. Thank you, Annie, for all you have done, continue to do, and for what you will do for years to come.”

Anne Marie Chebib brings a wealth of experience to the association, both as its longstanding Secretary and as Managing Director of Select Security and Stewarding Ltd. She has played a pivotal role in the UKCMA’s growth and is well-respected for her contributions to the field of crowd management.

Annie was instrumental in the successful launch of Global Crowd Management Alliance (GCMA), where she currently serves on the Board and Secretariat. Her expertise as a crowd management practitioner and consultant extends to strategic planning, agency liaison and effective project and personnel management.

Commenting on her new appointment, Anne Marie Chebib stated, “I am honoured to take on the role of Chair at UKCMA. I look forward to building upon the strong foundations laid by Eric Stuart and Mark Harding before him to enhance safer crowds. As an association, we will continue to strive on behalf of our members to work collaboratively and further enhance the association’s impact and reputation. I would like to sincerely thank Eric Stuart for so many years of complete dedication to the association, and wish him all the best for his retirement; Eric has very large shoes to fill and I will aspire to do him proud!”

Incoming Chair, Anne Marie Chebib outlined some of the association’s future plans, including: focussing on diversity within the industry and strategising to foster new talent by mentoring opportunities and opening up the membership to educational institutions, continuing to develop the offerings to members through the association’s popular webinar series and the Member to Member (M2M) networking sessions. The UKCMA plans to continue its strong partnership with GCMA, to further the association’s global reach and impact, and will continue its commitment to work closely with a wide range of stakeholders.