Who We Are

About Adlib

Hire, sales, and installation of professional audio, lighting, video, rigging and staging equipment for the live events industry .

Since 1984, Adlib has supported the live events industry, theatres, performance spaces, venues and schools to educate and entertain audiences all over the world. Over 35 years of experience has enabled Adlib to establish itself as one of the most well-known and respected names in the technical services industry. Our Rental, Sales and Installation departments provide professional sound, lighting, video, and mechanical engineering systems to a wide range of clients.

We’re experienced, approachable and have an internal team that can look after all aspects of your project from design, procurement, logistics, installation and follow on service.

We take time to explain why we are making certain recommendations and how to get the best result from your systems. We also have a support network so if you run into trouble we’re just a phone call or visit away.

When you choose Adlib as your preferred installation company, we’ll be an extension of your team that provides you with a tailored service and maintenance that will enhance your investment and give you complete peace of mind.

We’ve achieved ISO certification for Quality, Safety, and Environmental Management. We’re members of professional organisations such as PLASA and PSA.

But what’s most important is that we share our years of experience with our clients on projects of any size, from a sound & lighting system in a local school or theatre to complete installations in major live event venues across the UK & Europe.

Adlib are a team of over 160 members of staff who are all approachable and ready to help. Every one of us has the support of the rest of the team, the backup of our manufacturer relationships and access to our extensive stock.

We’re here to offer you good advice, remarkable support and value for money.

Welcome to Adlib

It’s not just about owning the kit, but really it’s the infrastructure and the people and the personalities that surround you. They make Adlib. I just happen to be the person who brought them all together.

Andy Dockerty, Managing Director, Adlib

Meet Our Team

We are pleased to introduce our Directors and Senior Management Team who are further supported by a plethora of technical and administrative staff. Each experienced Director heads up a section of the company with complete interdepartmental co-operation.

Senior Management
Finance & HR
Business Development
Audio Rental
Lighting Rental
Video Rental
  • Andy Dockerty Adlib
    Andy Dockerty
  • Dave Kay
  • Phil Stoker
  • John Hughes
  • Dave Jones
  • Dave Eldridge
  • Dave Fletcher Loudspeaker Designer
    Dave Fletcher
  • Roger Kirby
  • Graham Cochrane - General Manager (Scotland)
    Graham Cochrane
  • Richard Murphy
  • Chris Bird
  • Kathy Sinclair
  • Al Mouat
  • Barclay Dakers - Sales & BDM Adlib Scotland
    Barclay Dakers
  • Craig Hamilton - Adlib
    Craig Hamilton
  • Tony Griffiths
  • Oli Adams
  • Tom Edwards
  • Joe Pointing
  • Rich Rowley
  • Jordan Wills
  • Carl Billington
  • Elliot Tutt
  • Ian Nelson
  • Jay Petch
  • John Fitzsimmons
  • Leah Coyle
  • Nicholas Whitehead
  • Phil Kielty
  • Richard Nicholson
  • Tim Robinson

We’re Recruiting

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our teams in Liverpool and Glasgow. To view our current vacancies click on the button below.

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Honours & Awards

At Adlib, we are always striving for improvement and are constantly searching for opportunities that will aid our growth. This positive attitude has been recognised in several awards provided by our peers and industry partners. A small selection of our awards include:

  • TPI Awards 2018 – Favourite Sound Rental Company
  • TPI Awards 2016 – Favourite Sound Rental Company
  • IFB 2016 Festival Engagement Award
  • Cavern City Tours Beatle Week Hall of Fame
  • TPI Awards 2008 – Favourite Sound Rental Company
  • TPI Awards 2006 – FOH Engineer of the Year – Dave Kay
  • ISO14001 Environmental
  • ISO9001 Quality
  • OHAS18001 Health and Safety

A flexible, responsible approach

In an industry where requirements can change at the drop of a hat, a technical partner who can turn on a sixpence and deliver on unexpected changes is a huge asset. 

The processes and systems that we’ve invested in are the framework that allows us to deliver reliably well with a safe, environmentally friendly approach.

Certificate Number 15973
ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHAS 18001
LEEA Badge Chas AccreditedPSA Badge

Health & Safety

Adlib takes immense professional pride in our high standard of health and safety. Compliant with Construction Design Management Regulations (CDM 2015) and all other main UK legislation, we are continually seeking ways to improve and innovate our safety.

Understandably the world of event delivery, AV installation or venue facility support is not hazard free. Therefore the Adlib approach to safety is one of pragmatic risk management ensuring we are talking to the right people at the right time. Adlib believe in strong partnerships and collaboration which is why an independent H&S consultant is employed to provide safety support.

Finally, Adlib is ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 180001 proving that we have strong internal systems of safety quality assurance. Safety of our people, your staff and clients, and other site contractors will never be compromised. Safety is what we do.

These are without doubt the most perfect set of RAMS I have reviewed. I pride myself in finding fault and have boasted that in the last 20 years of practicing Health and Safety as a Consultant and as a Principal Designer (formally Planning Supervisor and CDM Co-ordinator) I have never had any H&S or CDM documentation submitted to me that came close to being compliant to H&S.

Brian Nelson, Briley Consultancy Group Ltd

Corporate Social Responsibility

Whilst running a successful business that prioritises customer experience is something that Adlib continuously strives for, we understand that it’s not enough and recognise the impact we have on our stakeholders, customers, suppliers, employees and the wider community and environment in which we operate in.

Adlib believes that by placing respect at the core of what we do, we are able to address this impact, that’s why we work responsibly, prioritise safety, and protect environment and communities around us, thus forming our Sustainable Business Strategy.

It’s the mentorship scheme that really cemented my passion for this career.

Billy Bryson

Adlib in Education

Adlib’s continuous dedication to providing Production Day experiences to the secondary education sector is recognised throughout the industry. We believe that the hands-on experience that such days provide, give invaluable insight into the live events production industry and its corresponding career paths. Easy access to the real-world production facilities and seasoned technicians encourages pupils at schools, and students at universities, to reach out and seize work experience opportunities that Adlib has to offer.

The progression that students make, from one of our Production Days, to a work experience period, before finally joining the company on an Adlib apprenticeship, is something that fills us with immense pride. Further strengthening Adlib’s mission of running its own, unfunded, apprenticeship schemes as part of our commitment to young people and the local community.

The School Tutorial Events are part of our real commitment to providing a realistic look into the ‘live’ production industry. Too often further education courses tend to be glamourised somewhat and we intend to squash that myth and enable young people to have a better understanding of the potential career paths.

Andy Dockerty, Managing Director, Adlib

Community Causes

In addition to grassroots educational work that Adlib carries out, we also support local causes and charities such as Hillsborough Foundation and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Whether it’s a donation or supply of equipment for events, we believe its our responsibility that communities around us benefit from our work.

Additionally, Adlib aims to encourage and inspire employees to raise funds for various charities that include MIND, Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children and Mare Curie.