The Events Insight – S4 E4 Charlie Mussett

Episode 26

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Jack and Ellan are joined this week by Charlie Mussett, an events and safety project manager with over 25 years’ experience managing and delivering televised mass events.

Charlie discovered his love of events whilst at university, when he was social secretary at his Rugby Club, He joined a graduate gateway programme and found himself working on the Tall Ship Race for Newcastle City Council and, when this became a  full-time role, he moved around the UK working at a variety of public events. An opportunity came up working on The Great North Run – the World’s biggest half-marathon – and similar outdoor live TV events, and he stayed for 23 years.

Charlie counts amongst some of his most memorable events the first ever Great Ethiopian Run, attracting over 30,000 people and involving 35 minutes of false starts, and the Great Manchester Run, held just days after the Manchester bombing in 2017. Hear him talk about how they managed to deliver “something more than an event” at such a troubled and distressing time.


In 2020, Charlie moved into freelance consultancy. He currently splits his time between event planning, TV risk assessment work and online teaching in the higher education arena, where he is encouraging a new generation into our beloved industry.

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