We felt that it was important to build a company that could help clients deliver safe events, with a team of qualified event specialists, who have the knowledge and experience of working within live events.

A blend of expertise and flexibility is the key to what makes Symphotech different. We know that you may need specialist knowledge, extra resources or guidance for a particular stage of planning, or a team to help manage the whole show from start to finish, and that’s what we offer. What you always get is a truly professional and consultative service.

In essence, our aim is to equip you better to deliver safe and successful events.

With safety, we will add the common sense and pragmatism back into event safety and will work alongside your team to ensure everyone knows where you stand, what your responsibilities are and what the risks are at every step of the way. In procurement, we will help you gain better control of your event from design to delivery, and help you to build a really sound supplier network whilst giving you a completely open book approach on budgeting.

Each member of our team has gained the highly-regarded, industry-leading Diploma in Event Safety Management from Derby University, as well as tech IOSH status, and with offices in the South West, Midlands and North East, we’re well equipped to help events of all sizes.

The Symphotech team

  • Julian Spear

    Julian Spear

    Julian’s career in the music industry began with training as a classical violinist and a degree from the renowned Dartington College of Music. Following a stint as a sound engineer, Julian moved into production management in the early 90s. Julian become a stalwart of the Glastonbury Festival management team, an event he worked on for over 30 years, and having successfully established Avalon stage, Michael Eavis asked him to take on management of the venue which became the legendary John Peel Stage. Along with Will, he is a co-founder and director of Symphotech, lead consultant in production and procurement and the company’s specialist in noise consultancy and orchestral sound design. He has a BA in Music, a Level 5 University Diploma in Event Safety Management and holds Tech IOSH status.

  • Will Hodgson

    Will Hodgson

    Will is a former member of the Metropolitan Police and spent significant time in public order with responsibilities event managing events within the Greater London area, including planning for major events such as Notting Hill Carnival. Strategic command and control systems developed by Will and his team are in use today across wide range of large and difficult crowd management situations. Will has a Level 5 University Diploma in Event Safety Management, as well as tech IOSH status, and he is currently studying for an MA in Event Management at Derby University.

  • Eddy Grant

    Eddy Grant

    Chartered safety and health practitioner, Eddy Grant is Symphotech’s legal and safety consultant. With over 30 years of industry experience, Eddy has worked with the Event Industry Forum and HSE to significantly contribute to the new Purple Guide. He has also overseen health and safety on a variety of events including The London 2012 Summer Olympics, the Tour de France 2014, and was employed by Liverpool City Council to deliver the city’s 2008 Capital of Culture programme. Specialising in event safety, crowd management and trained as an expert witness in this area, Eddy is also a senior qualified lecturer at Derby University and will lead Symphotech’s new IOSH accredited safety training.

  • Duncan White

    Duncan White

    Duncan White is Symphotech’s lead consultant for event fire and crowd safety. Duncan brings over 30 years of experience as a former fire officer with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, where he was responsible for the event safety management team. Duncan was chair of the Chief Fire Officers Association Event Safety Group and worked with the HSE to produce the fire safety chapters for the new Purple Guide. He was responsible for managing the fire service response to Glastonbury Festival, The Green Gathering Festival, NASS Festival and Yeovilton Air Day.

  • Peter Golding

    Peter Golding

    Peter Golding is Symphotech’s fire and event safety consultant. Peter's background is from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service where his responsibilities included licensing, technical fire safety and building regulation consultations. Peter brings over 25 years of technical fire safety experience to the team and has recently completed the fire safety management for the Lockdown Festival. He leads the Symphotech team responsible for undertaking fire safety risk assessments for permanent venues including theatres, concert venues and warehouses.

  • Ian Taylor

    Ian Taylor

    After beginning his career in Events Management, organising events for the UK's largest conservation charity, Ian returned to study for a BA (Hons) in Events Management at the University of Derby. He later completed the University of Derby Level 5 Diploma in Event Safety Management and worked as an Occupational Hygiene Technician, carrying out industrial workplace assessments for some of the world's most well-known companies to improve the quality of workplace environments and help demonstrate compliance with regulations. Ian is responsible for noise monitoring at Symphotech and is also a Council Member of the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA).

  • Pete Watts

    Pete Watts

    Pete Watts heads up the production team and has vast experience in the industry and brings a calm & efficient approach to all of our event production management.

  • Sophia Livett

    Sophia Livett

    Sophia is Symphotech's production and logistics assistant. Having worked closely with the Symphotech team since 2014, Sophia has vast experience undertaking sound monitoring at a variety of events including The Jockey Club Live, The Let's Rock concert series and The Scarborough Open Air Theatre events. Sophia will now be responsible for assisting with administration and on-site production, as well as helping with sound monitoring and artist liaison where necessary.