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’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 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.
Edward is a leading authority in event health and safety. His expertise is in the design development testing and delivery for the highest-profile of events ranging from summits for Head of State to Football homecoming Parades for LFC. Live concerts for the Jockey Club to specialist support for Esports broadcasts with Faceit and Flashpoint 2. This work includes management systems, risk assessment; COVID 19 safe workspaces; site appraisals & design; and licensing; security and safety systems, at both strategic and operational levels. He has made several industry-wide informative contributions in 2021, with the AFO conference, webcast, and Event Production Show conference sessions around Symphotech’s 'Recover and Reopen' program.
Edward is also the Professor of Professional Practice in Events Management at the University of Cumbria. He is qualified as a Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner specialising in Event Safety and events. Edward is also qualified as a Lecturer in Higher Education for Events management, as well as being trained as an expert witness in this area.
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.
Clayton works with Sympotech as an Events Safety Officer. He started working in the events industry as an Operations Manager in 2002, for a National Event Security Company and since then has relished the opportunity to work at some amazing events. In 2014 he was a Safety Officer at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with responsibility for five venues staging seven sports, with 310,000+ spectators. Clayton is NEBOSH Certified, a qualified event counter-terrorism risk manager, and has an NVQ Level 4 in Spectator Safety from the Emergency Planning College at Easingwold. As a Safety Officer, he has built a wealth of knowledge working across a wide range of events from stadia, sporting, road events, greenfield sites to the red carpet and corporate events all over the UK, Middle East, and Europe.
Nicola O’Boyle, Safety Adviser at Symphotech, knew she belonged backstage rather than in the crowd as a teenager, as she always managed to blag her way backstage. Nicola realised her ambition when studying a module on Event Management at college, which led her to study at Leeds Met University and achieve an HND in Event Management. She qualified with a NEBOSH general certificate, Diploma in Health and Safety management, as well as studying Crowd Dynamics, Public Safety, and Temporary Demountable Structures at Easingwold Emergency Planning College. She also gained a Level 2 in Food Hygiene and BIIAB Level 2 (National Certificate for Personal License Holders). Nicola worked as a consultant for 17 years for a local authority, owning her own event management company. She amassed freelance experience as an Operations and Safety manager, particularly working on Liverpool Capital of Culture, which expanded the range of events, including varied weird and wonderful exhibitions at some beautiful locations. A particular favorite of hers’ was ‘the Paul McCartney show at Anfield’.
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 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.
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.