The Advisory Committee during the fourth ESSMA Summit in Dublin (LTR): Dimitri Huygen, Jonathan Calderwood, Kees Klein Hesselink, Alfredo Lorenzo (former board member), Roland Meier (former board member), Leif Bjørn, John Beattie, Pierre Venayre, Stéphanie Porchet, Yves De Cocker, Jürgen Muth, Declan OBrien, Birger Nass (former board member) and John Barrow.


Advisory Committee


José Guerra Alvarez

Corporate Operations Director LaLiga

Joachim Baur

Senior Manager Stadium & Infrastrucutre DFL

Jürgen Muth

Managing Director Allianz Arena

Pierre Venayre

General Director Atlantique Stade Rochelais

Sebastian Seibt

Business Development Manager for Stadiums BOSCH

Jonathan Calderwood

Head Groundsman Paris Saint-Germain

Cenk Cem

Manager of Stadium and Security Turkish Football

Francesco Gianello

Head of Stadium Juventus FC

Kees Klein Hesselink

Business Development Manager Philips

Didier Wauters

Senior Sales Manager Tractebel

Stéphanie Porchet

Business Development & PR Manager Atelier Tom Sheehan & Partenaire

Leif Bjørn

Security Manager Telia Parken


Piotr Bielecki

Competition Manager Ekstraklasa



Executive Committee


John Beattie

Stadium and Facilities Director Arsenal FC

Declan O'Brien

Operations and Events Manager IRFU

Yves De Cocker

Tarkett Sports Hybrid Grass Director

Benjamin Viard

Head of Stadium Department LFP


John Barrow

Director ESSMA Services NV

Dimitri Huygen

Director ESSMA Services and Business & Communications Manager Royal Antwerp FC


We are pleased to announce that NIKKEN SEKKEI is ESSMA’s newest Corporate Partner. NIKKEN SEKKEI is the leading Japanese architecture firm with a focus on innovative design solutions and environments. 

We are glad to announce PlayPass as our newest Corporate Partner. PlayPass provides RFID solutions to help clients gain valuable insight into the operational flow of events. 

Virtual reality (VR) is set to change the sports industry and football clubs join the trend. From live stream broadcasting to developing applications, several European clubs are trying to implement VR to enhance fan experience. 

This year’s World Stadium Congress was held 21-24 May in Doha, Qatar with a focus on the delivery requirements for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. Together with several stakeholders, participants had the chance to discuss pre-event, on the day and post-event delivery requirements – from construction, to fan experience, to legacy and beyond. 

With the aim of bringing the best possible value to our members, we published the ESSMA Services website. This website gives you a well-defined overview of our services. 

From 1 July 2017, the Juventus Stadium, an ESSMA Stadium Member and host of ESSMA’s Fan Entertainment Workshop in October, will be renamed the Allianz Stadium of Turin. Allianz and Juventus have signed an agreement for the coming six seasons, until 30 June 2023. 

We are happy to announce Bosch as ESSMA’s newest Stadium Partner. Bosch is a leading global supplier of security, safety, and communications products and systems, with over 1000 stadiums worldwide relying on Bosch’ technology. 

On day 2 of the Pitch Management Workshop in Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium and Training Centre ESSMA members learned more about day-to-day ops and player injury management further on the program were two panel debates and a behind-the-scenes tour. 

The two-day Pitch Management Workshop in Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium and Training Centre brought together ESSMA Members to learn, network and knowledge-share on all aspects pertaining to pitch management, from pitch renovations, tools & technologies, to player injury management, budget control and managing events.