Technical Theatre Speakers

Julian Barkes, Sales & Marketing – BEMCO

Julian Barkes is responsible for Sales & Marketing at BEMCO, one of the larger Independent Electrical Wholesalers in the UK.

BEMCO won ‘Best Wholesaler’ Award in 2017, presented by the portal for the UK electrical industry, Voltimum, as part of its Smart Solutions awards, sponsored by the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA).


Nick Bovill, European Technical & Training Manager / Audio Visual Engineer – CYP (UK) Ltd.

Nick Bovill, European Technical and Training Manager for CYP Europe, has over 18 years’ experience in AV.  As well as developing and delivering all training programs, he manages the technical on goings which include the majority of site visitations across Europe.  He particularly enjoys working on the front line alongside the installer, dealing with their more common and complex issues.  This experience makes him ideally placed to give real-world feedback of everyday AV distribution issues and solutions.


Hugo Fitzjohn, Education Manager – Meridian Audio Ltd

Hugo joined Meridian Audio in 2014 with a wealth of experience in the AV industry as International Sales Consultant, where he has successfully driven Meridian’s business growth across multiple overseas markets. Hugo has also played a crucial part in establishing Meridian’s Design and Specification Service as a market-leading resource for dealers looking to create the very best home theatre experience for their clients. As an experienced presenter and trainer, Hugo has developed and run several CEDIA-certified training sessions focusing on a wide range of topics in the AV industry, from Two Channel system setup to whole-home Hi Res Audio solution design.


Simon Honywill, Sonic educationalist & senior sound consultant – Glastonbury Festival, Pyramid Stage.

As well as being ultimately responsible for one of the most highprofile live music stages on Earth, and enjoying a 38 year long and varied career as a live sound engineer working with the likes of Goldfrap, and being involved with events such as the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympics, Simon loves to educate others on how sound actually works and how to get the best from it. Simon will help visitors get the best from their projects, by gaining a better understanding of what audio is and why it does what it does.

Simon says, “Sound is undoubtedly the primary human sense, and it is a source of constant frustration to me that it is so often overlooked, side-lined and compromised.  I believe that the world could be a better place if people were better equipped to make sense of the sonic environment in which they live, and were prepared to think about sound in the same way they might about sight.”

Jeff Murray, President – AVProConnect / AVPro Global Holdings

With more than 30 years of experience in the electronics/audio visual world,, Jeff is certified by THX, ISF Level I/II, ISF Commercial and DSEG and is also a member of Infocomm’s Faculty Program (Adjunct Faculty).  In 2012 he founded AVPro Global Holdings, LLC (AVPGH) and launched their subsidiary, AVProConnect as a result.



Bruno Napoli, Independent AV Technician and Public Speaker

Installer and co-founder of Krika remote monitoring products, Bruno Napoli is a veteran of the AV, and home automation industry and has been for the past 26 years.  A serial entrepreneur and blogger, he is a thought provoking individual who is always thinking outside the box and to ensure he can remain one step ahead of all technological and audio visual advancements.   EI Live! are delighted to welcome Bruno to the technical theatre for this year where he will focus on the evolution of our industry and how we must move from making margin on boxes to making margin on service.


Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO – Auro Technologies nv

Difficult to sum up the career of this man in just a few words, however suffice to say there are few people on the planet who understand music and audio better than Wilfried.

In 1980 he co-founded Galaxy Studios Belgium  eventually building one of the most technically advanced and inspiring recording studios in the world. Wilfried has also helped deliver the next generation of cinema audio with the creation of Auro 3D.

A professional musician (classic and pop), producer/engineer in music and film, Wilfried says his current main mission is to deliver the last dimension in sound (Height) to the world, the final step in the dimensional evolution of sound, started in 1870 by Edison. With Auro-3D, Wilfried says the industry is coming very close to the illusion of a natural sound field around the listener.

Inventing the Auro 3D in 2005, Wilfried founded Auro Technologies in 2009 to promote the format. Come and hear what Wilfried has to say about the future of audio and home cinema.