People are the most important part of our Business. We have a hard-working, loyal, and enthusiastic team of competent staff. Each and every staff member has their own specialist areas; however our staff are multiskilled and are able to work across the board.
Job: Production Designer and FounderBackground:
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.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.
Job: HR and Compliance ManagerBackground:
Cathy studied Law at university and took a career change into event design. She has been with SXS for many years and offers clients fresh and original designs for their events. In 2011 Cathy handed over her Project Management role to Rosie and now looks after our compliance.Skills:
Creative event design, drapery design, lighting design, corporate account management, film production, business process design, set design, HR and employment law.Involvement in your project:
Cathy's involvement is mostly advisory, HR and back-office. She ensures our processes run smoothly, the company culture is how it should be and is also committed to us achieving the ISO and BS standards that are relevant to our industry.Personal Interests:
Interior design, life drawing and, of course, taking Dudley for long walks.
Job: Logistics ManagerBackground:
Katie’s background is in creative media and administration. Katie has a BA in Communication Studies.Skills:
Organisation, supportiveness, creativity and always remaining relaxed.Involvement in your project:
Katie will liaise with venues, organise crew, manage logistics and procure special items for your event.Personal Interests:
Katie has a passion for cooking and all things culinary. She is a keen traveler and particularly enjoys backpacking around south East Asia. She is very social and enjoys concerts, club nights and other musical activities.
Job: Chief Sound Engineer, Senior Technician and Warehouse ManagerBackground:
Alex joined SXS as a student while studying Audio Music Technology at UWE. He has rapidly progressed to being senior technician and head of sound and is the longest standing staff member at SXS with over 5 years of service. Alex is one of the most competent, multi-skilled and thorough technicians in the industry.Skills:
Live sound, System tech, Lighting technician, Video technician, Rigger, video and content editing, Crew boss and Production manager.Involvement in your project:
Alex makes sure the equipment for your event is in good condition and well-prepped. He may also be part of, or running, the technical team at your event.Personal Interests:
Photography, Power Kiting, Mountain Biking and Climbing.
Job: Event Design ConsultantBackground:
Studied Art and Design at college and went on to work at City & Guilds London Institute. Rosie is a live-music lover and is keen visitor to Glastonbury Festival.Skills:
Creative event design, organisation, CAD visuals and account handling.Involvement in your project:
If your event is at one of the venues that SXS is a preferred supplier at, you will likely have Rosie as your Project Manager. Rosie also handles design and decor based work such as weddings.Personal Interests:
Photography, camping in wales, socialising and David Attenborough
Job: Senior Lighting TechnicianBackground:
Dan has been a keen theatre technician since a young age and was recruited into SXS two years ago 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, in particular lighting.Skills:
Lighting design, luminaire maintenance, lighting operation, AV, aesthetics.Involvement in your project:
Dan may be involved by prepping all equipment to ensure it works perfectly, as well as doing lighting design and operation.Personal Interests:
Dan is a polite, friendly, well presented young man who plays guitar in an angry rock band at the weekend.
Job: Production ManagerBackground:
Justin was a placement student from the University of the West of England. Since Joining SXS Events he has been involved in and managed a wide range of events from Fashion Shows to Outdoor StagesSkills:
Marketing, Search engine optimisation, CADInvolvement in your project:
Justins role is to create new event opportunities through visuals and marketing to make people aware of SXS EventsPersonal Interests:
Justins main interest is travelling and enjoys going to new places and trying new things. He also enjoys attempting to play golf at the weekends.
Job: Repair TechnicianBackground:
David has a background in communications and technology. He has also been a sound engineer for a number of years at a prime Bristol venue.Skills:
Sound, Lighting and repairing anything that's thrown his way.Involvement in your project:
Dave will occasionally appear on site when he's not maintaining equipmentPersonal Interests:
Interests include a passion for music and playing the bass guitar
Job: Project Handler and Event TechnicianBackground:
Steve has had a very diverse career to date; from music production to record label management to being Regional Hub Manager for one of the UK's biggest courier company's. Steve's music career has seen him release 11 singles worldwide and remix the work of Europe's finest Techno producers. From air time on BBC Radio One to Tune of the Month in magazines such as Mixmag and International DJ Magazine Steve's productions were globally renowned. Steve's logistics management career has seen him manage very complex operations on a national scale and man-manage a team of up to 80 people on a day to day basis.Skills:
Music production, Customer support, Operational ManagementInvolvement in your project:
Steve's core role is as Project Handler, but he also likes to "get his hands dirty" with every aspect of his projects. From loading trucks to overnight builds to policy design and client meetings, Steve takes pride in ensuring every aspect of his projects runs smoothly. Steve takes a lot of pride in overseeing every aspect of his projects. Steve looks after mainly Experiential and PR-related projects.
Music production, Cooking, Travel and playing the guitar.
Job: Sound Engineer and General TechnicianBackground:
Laurie first started doing live sound as a teenager and went on to get his HND in Live Sound Engineering. In his career he has worked with The Wiggles, Joss Stone, the freestylers, Utah Saints, DJ Switch, The XX and Crowded House.Skills:
Sound engineering, rigging, crew bossing.Involvement in your project:
Laurie is one of main sound and AV technicians so will often prep and operate events.Personal Interests:
Photography and Video Editing, Magnetic Theory and the Searl Effect Generator, surfing and Snowboarding, Laurie is also a keen drummer and is currently producing music with other SXS staff members.
Job: Event Technician and Project HandlerBackground:
Rich came to SXS Events on a placement. After finishing his Audio and Music Technology degree at UWE he returned to take on a full time role. Rich is currently acting project manager for an international client and has been working in Paris and Berlin.Skills:
Rich's core skills include: Painting, Carpeting and Technical assistanceInvolvement in your project:
Rich is a multi-skilled technician and is involved with projects from prep to implementation. Richs high attention to detail and background in carpentry and painting means that he is likely to be on site if you require set, carpeting or high touch decor.Personal Interests:
Personal Interests include Playing guitar, djing, making music, going to the football (Swindon), cycling and running.
Job: Video TechnicianBackground:
James began his career as a 35mm projectionist after studying film and radio production.
He quickly rose to a Technical management role within the cinema industryand worked during the transition from film reels to digital projection and 3D technology. After working various live events including film premiers he developed a keen interest in event production.Skills:
Projection, video editing and camera workInvolvement in your project:
If required James is likely to set up and operate the video for your project.Personal Interests:
In his own time James enjoys climbing, swimming and keeping active.
Job: Head of Security and Staff MoraleBackground:
Dudley was rescued from Bristol Dogs and Cats home in November 2008, having been found as a stray. We don't know where he was before this, but it is clear he was with people that treated him well. Since him joining our community he has played a valuable role in bringing everyone together as a team.Skills:
Not many, but he is very well behaved and good with other dogs, children and guests at the office.Involvement in your project:
Very little. He is not allowed on site, but will definitely make you feel welcome if you visit the office.Personal Interests:
Long walks in the forest, training, food, scavenging, cuddles.