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About Us

The Director of 4wardplanning is Sean Ward who retired in June 2019 after 35 years in An Garda Siochana having attained the rank of Chief Superintendent.

The majority of his service was in Dublin’s north east inner city and he has extensive experience in major event management, emergency exercises and emergency management.


  • 12 years’ experience as a Senior Police Leader and Manager in real world major event management, emergency exercises and emergency management in Dublin.
  • M.Sc.( Honours) in Emergency Management awarded in 2014 by Dublin City University.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of the Framework for Major Emergency Management in Ireland in all operational planning.
  • Specialist in risk management, risk mitigation, resilience and business continuity.
  • Expert in the creation and implementation of policing plans for over 120 major events in Dublin including the visits of Queen Elizabeth and President Obama in 2011, the visit of Pope Frances in 2018 and the annual St Patrick’s Festival Parade, Easter Military Parade and Gay Pride Parade.
  • 12 years’ experience as a Strategic Police Commander in Dublin City Centre with responsibility for delivering a comprehensive, high quality policing service to the community.
  • Trained Public Order Commander with real world expertise and experience of managing large scale demonstrations, protests and public disorder.
  • Highly experienced in the role of Emergency Controller at large scale public events including those with attendances of up to 250,000 people.
  • Proficient in the effective emergency planning and management of large scale weather events.
  • Expert in emergency planning and management at major sporting events at Croke Park including the All Ireland Football and Hurling Finals (attendances 82,000 patrons) in addition to major concerts at the same venue including U2, Coldplay, Take That etc.
  • Comprehensive experience in policing and emergency planning for smaller scale indoor and outdoor venues in Dublin.
  • Specialist in creating and implementing a wide range of emergency exercises including two ‘live’ exercises testing responses to a critical terrorist based firearms incident with a wide spectrum of affected stakeholders in Dublin Port and Drogheda in addition to a table top exercise in Dublin as a Strategic Commander testing the response to a terrorist attack at a major concert there.
  • Vice Chairman of the Emergency Management Institute of Ireland.
  • Highly developed communications and coordination skills including proficient media experience in TV, radio and the print media.

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