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

  • Symphotech Director Event Safety Company

    Julian Spear

    Company Chairman Julian is a co-founder and director of Symphotech. Retaining involvement in the production and technical arms of the business, he remains a key contact for many of the company’s long-standing clients and a mentor and source of knowledge of the music industry for many coming into the sector.

    Originally, the company’s lead in production and procurement and instrumental in building its specialisms in noise consultancy and orchestral sound design, Julian has a BA in Music from the renowned Dartington College of Music, a Level 5 University Diploma in Event Safety Management and holds Tech IOSH status.

    Following an early career as a sound engineer for rock artists such as Dire Straits, A-ha and Level 42, and folk legends Edward II, Show of Hands and Wolfstone, he moved into production management in the early 90s.

    A stalwart of the Glastonbury Festival management team for over 30 years, he successfully built and managed the Avalon stage before Michael Eavis asked him to establish and run “The New Tent” which would become the legendary John Peel Stage.

  • Symphotech Director Event Safety Company

    Will Hodgson

    A co-founder and director of Symphotech, Will is the company’s Managing Director, assuming leadership of the company’s teams and its operations, alongside business development and client liaison.

    With a Level 5 University Diploma in Event Safety Management, and Tech IOSH status, Will is in the process of finalising the thesis for his MA in Event Management at Derby University. In addition, he recently completed the new University Advanced Diploma in Counter-Terrorism Risk Assessment from the University of Cumbria.

    Will’s decade of experience in events safety consultancy is supported by his prior long service with the Metropolitan Police, where he spent significant time in public order roles with responsibility for the management of events within the Greater London area, including planning for major gatherings such as Notting Hill Carnival. Strategic command and control systems developed by Will and his team are in use today across a wide range of large and challenging crowd management situations.

  • Claire Feeney

    Claire Feeney

    Symphotech director, Claire is one of the company’s secret weapons, working behind the scenes to manage the company finance and admin, also supporting operational logistics, procurement, marketing and strategic development. She ran the production office for the John Peel Stage for a number of years, designed accreditation systems and ran teams for large events. She also undertakes artist liaison for selected clientele.

    During 2020-21 Claire was instrumental in securing the company’s financial position during the pandemic. She was the architect of Symphotech’s Recover & Reopen project led by Eddy Grant delivering pro-bono advice to events industry stakeholders urgently seeking advice on Covid safety. Claire secured significant financial support for the business from the DCMS and Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund and is now part of the senior management team steering the company to a sustainable and exciting future.

  • Edward Grant

    Edward Grant

    As Symphotech’s Head of Safety, Eddy leads the team delivering event safety management at events and venues across the country. He is a leading authority in event health and safety with expertise in design, development, testing and delivery of high profile events, ranging from summits for Heads of State to sporting occasions such as the homecoming parade for Liverpool Football Club in 2019.

    Under his leadership, Symphotech delivered the first live music DCMS pilot event at Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool in May 2021. And during the pandemic in 2020-21 made informative industry-wide contributions, with the AFO conference, webcasts, and Event Production Show conference sessions in the form of Symphotech’s 'Recover and Reopen' program.

    He and the Symphotech safety teamwork at venues and events, from outdoor concerts for the Jockey Club and UK Live’s Let’s Rock series to providing specialist support for Esports broadcasts with Faceit and Flashpoint 2. This work includes management systems, risk assessment; COVID 19 safe workspaces, site appraisals & design, licensing, security and safety systems, at both strategic and operational levels.

    A Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner specialising in event safety, Edward is also Professor of Professional Practice in events management at the University of Cumbria. He is a qualified Lecturer in Higher Education for Events Management, as well as being an expert witness in this area.

  • Sophia Livett

    Sophia Livett

    Sophia is Director of Acoustech, the noise management division of Symphotech. Under her leadership, the noise services division continues to grow a reputation for professionalism and service with a growing client base of festivals, concerts and city-centre venues and clubs.

    A real ‘can-do’ team player, she blends knowledge and experience with personable, empathetic relationships spanning colleagues, clients, officials and the public, ever focused on enabling people working together to deliver outstanding events. Her passions for people’s wellbeing, professionalism, inclusive opportunities for women and sustainability have won her many friends in the industry and contributed to high standards of delivery.

    Sophia first encountered Symphotech while studying towards a BA Hons Event Management & Public Relations. Having graduated with a First-Class honours degree, she joined the team at Symphotech as a freelancer. A consistent star in the team whilst also developing her skills with other event companies, she became a full-time Logistics and Production Assistant at Symphotech in 2018 and the company sponsored her Level 5 Diploma in Event Safety Management at Derby University in 2019.

    Sophia developed a particular penchant for the Acoustech noise management service and has built a respected reputation while developing an expanding client base for this division of the company. In 2021 she added further technical knowledge to her arsenal with an IOA Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Management.

  • Clayton White Profile

    Clayton White

    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.

  • Duncan White

    Duncan White

    Duncan White is Symphotech’s lead consultant for event fire and crowd safety, bringing significant skills and expertise to venue and event fire risk assessment work.

    With more than 30 years’ experience as a (former) fire officer with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, he was responsible for the event safety management team, managing the fire service response to Glastonbury Festival, The Green Gathering Festival, NASS Festival and Yeovilton Air Day; Chair of the Chief Fire Officers Association Event Safety Group. He also worked with the HSE to produce the fire safety chapters for the new Purple Guide.

  • Peter Golding

    Peter Golding

    Peter Golding is an experienced fire and event safety consultant, leading the Symphotech team responsible for undertaking fire safety risk assessments for permanent venues including theatres, concert venues and warehouses.

    Pete’s background with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service gave him responsibilities including licensing, technical fire safety and building regulation consultations. He brings over 25 years of technical fire safety experience to the team and in addition to working on events such as Lockdown Festival.

  • Simon Barrington

    Simon Barrington

    Simon became Symphotech Head of Production in 2020, with his first shows out of the pandemic lockdown being 2021 Spike Island Resurrection and Jockey Club Live concerts.

    Simon excels in the areas of event planning, budgeting, scheduling, along with design, CAD technical drawing and site plans.

    In 1990 Simon escaped from his last GCSE exam and pedalled up the road to Glastonbury festival, where he found himself helping out on the theatre and comedy stages. From then on, he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

    He spent many years working as a lighting technician on festivals, one-off events and tours before becoming a lighting designer and production manager, developing his CAD drawing and visualisation rendering skills. Simon worked on some of the biggest dance events in the UK, going on to production management for festivals such as Global Gathering, NBHD Weekender, Wildlife and We Are Fstvl, and events such as the epic Opening and Closing ceremonies for the Liverpool Capital of Culture in 2008. He toured globally with artists such as Calvin Harris and Avicii. More recently he has entered the world of eSports, production managing arena-sized broadcast shows in Europe and the USA, as well as doing full production design.

  • Nicola O’Boyle Profile

    Nicola O’Boyle

    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 favourite of hers’ was ‘the Paul McCartney show at Anfield’.