People are the most important part of our business. We have a hard-working, loyal & enthusiastic team of competent staff.
Each and every staff member has their own specialist areas; however our staff are multi-skilled and work across the board.
Johnny started his event career by working through university as a professional DJ. The draw of creative design, management and technical challenges drew him into event technical production and design. His experience ranges from producing shows at London Fashon Week, to FTSE 100 PR Campaigns to designing and engineering some of SXS' bespoke equipment. Johnny has personally produced in excess of 1000 events and has been the designer and production manager of some of SXS' finest work.
Read more about his career, background and professional history in events production management here.Skills:
Technical production, creative design, site management, event engineering, branded event design and 'special projects'.Involvement in your project:
Johnny is called in when any project requires a very unique skill set of 'out-of-the-box' thinking. Johnny also offers guidance and assistance to the rest of the team with their projects. On occasion, Johnny has worked as a consultant on projects for architects, event committees and television producers.Personal Interests:
Management theory, stills and video photography, structural design, architecture, economics, cinema, dog training, mixology, and zombie movies.
Anika’s love for performance and experiential events stems from childhood where she was a competitive Synchronised Swimmer. She also developed a real passion for film at school, which led to studying media at university. Anikaworked in the film and television industry before joining SXS as a creative design consultant, and now keeps the entire company running day-to-day, from finance, to logistics, to HR and policy. She also likes to keep her creative mind active by running weddings and some of our smaller events.Skills:
Creative design, film and tv, operations, logistics, and HR.Involvement in your project:
It is likely that you will have some dealings with Anika during the course of your event, whether it’s arranging logistics or discussing payment. She may also be handling your wedding, fashion show or gala dinner.Personal Interests:
In her spare time Anika is a keen photographer and videographer, and also likes to experiment with make up – sometimes theatrical or special effects. She is a self-confessed horror fanatic and you can always count on her putting on a Halloween event during the month of October.
Jordan started running events at the age of 14 in his home county of Dorset. He moved to Bristol to study a BSc in Audio Technology at UWE, and joined SXS as a placement student whilst studying. Since then he has progressed to become one of our experienced project handlers, and now runs everything from awards shows with 1500+ guests, to festivals, to large scale experiential tours.Skills:
Event design, technical production, audio engineering, video production and editing, CAD.Involvement in your project:
It is quite likely that Jordan will be handling the day-to-day running of your project, from pitch and quoting to onsite delivery and post-event. He may also be seen on site as a crew boss or video technician.Personal Interests:
Playing guitar in a pop-punk band with Steve, messing with his car, cooking and eating good food, drinking tea in the daytime and craft beer in the evenings. Jordan also likes to go skiing when he gets the chance!
David started out as a video producer and camera operator. He worked for 5 years specializing in content for events, designing for bespoke and multi-screen sets. He has led events that were broadcast on BBC, ITV, and Sky. He joined SXS as our head of studio and digital content in 2016 in order to build the department from the ground up.Skills:
Show production, set design, digital content creation and 3D modeling, video filming and editing, vision mixing and showcalling.Involvement in your project:
As your project director, Dave will take a wider overview of your project, ensuring everything from the technical production and set design to the branding, entertainment, and theming ties into your vision.Personal Interests:
Good food, wine, spirits, and cocktails, cinema (Dave has seen over 1000 films!), music festivals, and snowboarding.
Nathan has spent the last 10 years working on events across the globe, from touring with Madness, Gary Barlow, and Dizzee Rascal, to exhibitions, conferences, and festivals as a video technician specialising in LED. He joined SXS after making the decision to move to management from being ‘on the ground’. Nathan also used to work in sales, and sold us some of our digital mixing desks back in 2011!Skills:
Event design, technical production, live video and LED, audio engineering.Involvement in your project:
Much like Jordan, if assigned to your project Nathan will handle the day-to-day running and be your first point of contact at all times.Personal Interests:
Nathan lives for events so doesn’t have time to do much else, but does like to spend his free time with his wife and cat, Melody!
Since finishing her degree in Drama with Creative Writing, Lucy has gained experience in theatre production, office management, administration and customer services. She joined us this year to assist the project team and has hit the ground running, already taking over her own accounts and running a selection of projects.Skills:
Creative design, administration, script management, showcalling, and autocue operation.Involvement in your project:
Lucy will mostly be on the other end of the phone or an email should you need anything in a pinch. She may be your point of contact for your project, and she specialises in weddings, college balls, and theatre. If she is on site you will see her stage managing, operating the autocue, or occasionally assisting the lighting team.Personal Interests:
Lucy is an avid theatre fan, both watching and performing. She also enjoys going to gigs and eating good food.
Before joining us, Gareth worked for 10+ years in freight and transport as an account and logistics manager. Whilst doing this he moonlighted promoting his own club nights across a variety of musical styles, stewarding festivals, stage, and event managing.Skills:
Crew bossing, transport and logistics, underwater rigging and diving, health and safety and policy management.Involvement in your project:
Gareth’s prime role is to stay in the warehouse and (jointly with Anika) ensure the company runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. However he is also one of our lead dive riggers and may be seen in the pool on one of our pool covering jobs. He also occasionally goes to site as a crew boss.Personal Interests:
Gareth is a keen scuba diver and traveller (he likes to combine the two and go diving in the tropics!) as well as cycling (road and mountain). He is also learning photography in his spare time in order to better document his travels.
Alex joined SXS as a student while studying Audio Music Technology at UWE. 12 years later he has progressed to senior technician and head of our sound department. He is the longest standing staff member at SXS. Alex is one of the most competent, multi-skilled and thorough technicians in the industry.Skills:
Live sound, system tech, lighting, video, rigging, content editing, crew bossing, production management, flightcase design and manufacture.Involvement in your project:
If your job has a large sound aspect, Alex will most likely be designing and setting up the sound on site. When he's not on site, Alex also designs and makes our flightcases so that all our equipment arrives in pristine condition, and is constantly helping to evolve our processes.Personal Interests:
Photography, Power Kiting, Mountain Biking and Climbing.
Dan has been a keen theatre technician since a young age and was recruited into SXS in 2009 from our work experience program. Dan is now one of our most valued multi-skilled technicians, but has a particular flair for all things aesthetic, and is head of our lighting department.Skills:
Lighting design, luminaire maintenance, lighting operation, sound operation, aesthetics.Involvement in your project:
Dan will be in charge of any in-depth lighting design or operation your event might need, as well as preparing and maintaining equipment prior to the event.Personal Interests:
Dan plays guitar and goes climbing in his spare time, as well as playing with toys he’s bought online, editing amusing photos of the other crew members and sticking googly eyes on things.
Tim originally joined SXS on placement as part of his Music Systems Engineering Degree and continued to work part-time through the rest of his degree. After graduation Tim joined the company full-time as a Production Technician. Extensive investment in his training and mentoring has helped Tim become our head video technician, as well as a respected project handler. Tim has worked on a very wide range of projects from awards shows with projection mapped sets, to major comedy tours, to festivals, to exhibition rigging projects, all the way gaining in-depth technical and project knowledge.Skills:
Aside from all things video, Tim has a broad skill set in all areas of technical production including audio, rigging, lighting, power, decor, staging, and carpentry. On his placement he earned the name ‘Tapestry Tim’ for his sewing skills. He is also a skilled crew boss and production manager.Involvement in your project:
Tim could be involved in your event as a production technician, production manager or account handler. If your event has an LED video wall on it, it is likely that Tim will be building it for you.Personal Interests:
Cycling, Caving, Keeping fit, Old cars, Guitars, Playing in bands, anything fast and everything Audio.
Luke joined us one summer as a part-time technician. Since then his experience has seen him progress through the company and he is now one of our foremost riggers.Skills:
Rigging, staging, infrastructure, and set.Involvement in your project:
Luke will often cast an eye over the rigging design for your project, and will be seen on site with a hard hat and hi-vis on bashing truss together or slinging motors.Personal Interests:
Mending his van, drum and bass, and music festivals.
Another placement student, Rich joined SXS in 2011 after making a career change from painting and decorating. He has built anything and everything, from a huge, grass-covered, modular curved stage, to our front door.Skills:
Anything involving wood, plastic, metal, canvas, paint, screws, filler, canvas, or carpet! He is also a competent sound engineer and all-round technician.Involvement in your project:
Involvement in your project: Rich will most likely be on site if your job has a large set-build element. It is also quite likely he designed and built your set piece, lectern, stage, or flats in his workshop.Personal Interests:
Personal Interests: Cycling, travelling, and curry.
Josh spent his childhood fiddling with computers, screens and electrical bits and bobs. He worked for SXS as an ad-hoc technician for a couple of years before we discovered his talents as a video and IT expert, and now he heads up some of our more complicated content management jobs.Skills:
Video, LED walls, IT, data management, drapes, décor, furniture, and being an all-round nice guy.Involvement in your project:
Josh will most likely be involved in your project if there is a large video element to it. He will often also be at the other end of the phone if you need last minute off-site technical support.Personal Interests:
Motorbikes, reading about philosophy, art, and history.
Luke graduated from UWE in 2014 with a BSc in Audio and Music Technology. He worked in a Yates’ bar for a few months before seeing the light and coming to work for SXS.Skills:
Electrical test and repair, lighting, sound, and pyrotechnics.Involvement in your project:
A lot of Luke’s work is done behind the scenes, ensuring all of our kit is running at top performance and that everything passes electrical inspection. If he is on site at your event, it is likely he will be helping to rig the lighting or operating the pyrotechnics.Personal Interests:
Paintballing, motorbiking, and playing with little plastic spaceships.
Another placement student from the Audio and Music Technology course, Stephen has loved lights and event tech from a young age. He bought his first fixture at the age of 13 and hasn’t looked back.Skills:
Lighting, video, sound. Stephen is also knowledgeable in MIDI and timecode programming.Involvement in your project:
Stephen’s wide range of skills means that he could be involved in almost any aspect of your project, but he is in his element when designing and operating a lighting rig.Personal Interests:
Playing drums in his pop-punk band with Jordan, driving fast cars, eating curry, and being sarcastic.
Barney has been everything from a cleaner, to a chef, to a builder, a climbing instructor, and a team building leader before coming to work for us! He arrived a few years ago as part of our set build team and has slowly become part of the scenery.Skills:
Set build, metalwork and fabrication, rigging, painting and staging.Involvement in your project:
Barney will often take a strong role in either the set or rigging team. His background in climbing means he will often be the first one in the air if the job calls for it. He also helps design some of our more unusal set and rigging systems.Personal Interests:
Climbing (obviously), mountain biking, and raving to drum and bass.
One of our more recent placement students,Max came back to us full-time after proving his skills. Like many, he has a BSc in Audio and Music Technology. He is one of a few very broadly skilled technicians and can competently lend his hand to a wide variety of skillsets.Skills:
Audio, Video, Lighting, Rigging, and flightcase manufacture.Involvement in your project:
Max will quite often be seen on site performing a wide variety of tasks, from driving a scissor lift to operating video switchgear or lighting.Personal Interests:
Moto GP and fast bikes, playing drums, and making the ladies swoon.
Laurie has worked for SXS since almost the beginning, arriving shortly after Alex. As such he has seen most of what this industry has to offer including operating sound for many high-profile performers. He has an HND in Live Sound Engineering. After spending a long time teaching himself video recording and editing techniques, he has now moved into our studio, and when he is not on site edits internal and external digital content.Skills:
System design and tech, audio engineering and mastering, live video, digital content and data management.Involvement in your project:
Laurie may be found on site setting up and operating audio kit, and will quite often mix monitors for larger bands. He could also be running around filming the highlights reel, or operating a live camera. If he is not on site, he’ll be back in the studio editing digital content and producing our internal videos.Personal Interests:
Fast cars, mountain biking, playing percussion in his band, snowboarding. Laurie also used to be a semi-professional mountain boarder.
Originally from Basingstoke, Edd grew up with a passion for music and sound. He worked in a theatre for two years before moving to Huddersfield to study a BSc in Music Technology and Audio Systems. He is currently on a work placement with SXS.Skills:
Sound engineering and system tech, flightcase design and manufacture, lighting, video, rigging.Involvement in your project:
Edd will often be seen on site performing all sorts of tasks, but is most comfortable rigging speakers or stood behind a mixing desk.Personal Interests:
Playing guitar, kayaking, wakeboarding, longboarding, BMX, and mountain biking.
Devlin is another one of our placement students from Huddersfield University. He is an avid guitarist and before he went to uni, he taught guitar in his home town of Sheffield.Skills:
Audio, Lighting, Video, Rigging, Staging.Involvement in your project:
Much like Edd, Devlin could be involved in any aspect of your project and is mostly found preparing the equipment and setting it up on site.Personal Interests:
Music production, skateboarding, rock climbing.