Meet our exceptionally talented team of health and safety consultants who will keep your event or organisation safe and compliant.


After enjoying 20 years in the hospitality industry, Calvin has been working as a safety advisor for over 20 years and uses his extensive H&S, knowledge and network to support both events and organisations with their compliance needs.


Experience includes major firework displays, outdoor festivals, events in large London exhibition and regular organisation site visits. His expertise also includes set health and safety for TV/films and other film-based productions.


Calvin is currently studying for an MSc in Environmental Health.

John Abiona, BSc, MSc, MCIEH

John has over 15 years’ experience in Food Management, Food Manufacturing and the retail environment, John has a robust teaching knowledge in all the major areas of Environmental health such as Food Safety, Health & Safety and Environmental Protection. He was also a member of the team at the London 2012 Olympics and offered support, advice and coaching in the areas of food safety. He works with several London local authorities in Environmental Health.

Elisabeth Poulsom, TechIOSH, BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd.

Elisabeth has a vast range of experience in International Event Health & Safety
and is an Event Management Specialist. She has worked on some of the world’s biggest festivals including Reading Festival, Wireless, Latitude and Isle of Wight and has also Health and Safety Coordinated outdoor heritage, sporting, festive, community and arts festivals throughout the UK.

Elisabeth is also experienced in set health and safety for TV/film, short productions, commercials and music videos. 

Mike Langford PgC, PgC, GradIOSH, MIIRSM, MCIEH

Following several years’ service in the Royal Navy as medical lead and Nuclear specialist on submarines Michael has developed his skills as a safety lead in a range of sectors such as medical & care.


His experience includes safety of indoor and outdoor events and general organisational safety across a range of sectors. He is also highly experienced in health and safety for TV/film, short productions, commercials and music videos.

Mike is currently undertaking an MSc in environmental health and training in specialist rescue.

Ethan Gabriel, MSc

Ethan has worked in a range of roles in the catering & hospitality sector including as a chef and front of house.  Here he developed a passion for safety and undertook studies in Environmental Health to develop his understanding and now works in environmental health roles including advising catering organisations in safety compliance.

Dave Axtell, MSc, BSc

David spent 12 years as a chef, kitchen manager and chef trainer, before moving into the role of Safety Advisor carrying out safety audits nationally and internationally for restaurants, hotels, mobile caterers, pubs, casinos, coffee shop chains and cinemas. His previous experience as a kitchen manager allows him to ensure that audits and training are based on real-life experience. As a registered Environmental Health Practitioner, he works with a range of clients specifically in food safety

Sara Tachi, TechIOSH.

Sara has extensive experience in food management as well as over 30 years in event production and management.  She now brings this experience to the safety side of events.

Carl Watson, PgD, CMIOSH

Carl brings extensive experience in construction and property sectors, including utilities, construction, roads and infrastructure and has recently been bringing this experience into the safe management of outdoor events.

Michael Old, GradIOSH

Michael has an extensive career with the fire service, both in the UK and overseas. Michael brings a special dynamic and skills in fire safety for events, whether alongside the role as safety advisor or specific duties in fire risk management at some of our large events. Michael is currently undertaking the Institute of Fire Engineers Level 3 diploma.

Alex Ralls, TechIOSH

Alex trained in Production Management and has spent a number of years designing and managing school theatres throughout the UK.


He has acted as Production Manager and Safety Advisor for a range of events including large scale outdoor theatre productions and events in many of the UK's large exhibition centres.  His health and safety expertise also includes TV, film, short production, commercials and music video sets.


Alex has also been responsible for expedition safety management in 40 countries!

David Watkins LL.B (Hons), PgCert, MIIRSM, GradIOSH

David has a background in world class events such as the Olympic Games in London, Glastonbury Music Festival, The European Games and Download Festival. Example roles include Senior Safety Supervisor (Wembley Stadium) & International Crowd Safety Advisor (OC European Games).

David has TV/film, short productions, commercials and music video health and safety experience.


He has also worked within the property industry advising building owners and management on H&S matters including asbestos awareness, fire safety management and legionella safety.

James Lackovic MMus, BMus(Hons), TechIOSH, FBII

Originally from a live music background, James became involved in technical productions and venue operations and is now deeply entrenched within the music and event sector. After 10 years working in the licensed trade and event industries he began to diversify his experience by taking the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and now has significant experience in safety management across a wide range of events and festivals.


James also has extensive experience of TV/film sets, short productions, commercials and music video health and safety.

Dene Hazlewood, GradIOSH, MIIRSM

Dene is an Event Specialist with over 10 years of experience in this field. His specialisms include Live Event and Exhibition Project & Production Management and Event Safety planning. He has worked on a whole host of different type of events; from corporate to major public events to festivals and green field sites including Lumiere London.

Steve James, CEnvH, MCIEH, DMS, DipEH, Dip Acoustics

Steve has extensive experience in Environmental Health, from frontline roles in local authorities to working with events.  In local authority roles he managed noise for the Notting Hill Carnival as well as working on out of hours noise nuisance.


In recent years he has worked with high profile events including Love Box, SW4, We are FSTVL and others as well as national and international hotel groups advising them on health & safety and food safety.

Christian Rose,

BSc (hons), TechIOSH

Christian has extensive experience in strategic and operational management across major venues, events, festival and set productions.


 Utilising his pre-hospital care training, he leads medical teams as well as advising on location medical needs.

Gavin Emmerson,

BA (Hons)

Gavin brings his extensive experience in Royal Marines and Army to keep productions safe. 


Alongside NEBOSH qualifications, he hold IRATA & Rope rescue qualifications, Whitewater rescue, RYA certifications and working at height.

He specialises in supporting productions in difficult or remote locations as well as with working at height or on water.

Michael Quinton,


As a health & safety, security and risk management professional Mike is NEBOSH diploma qualified and uses his prior experience from serving in HM armed forces.


During his career he has travelled the globe developing, delivering and overseeing safety, compliance and security strategies for agencies, government organisations, live events, television. film, sporting fixtures, conferences & exhibitions.  Most recently he has been working with TV, film and set productions in their health & safety systems.

We look forward to working with you. Get in touch to discuss how we can help make your event or organisation safe.

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