Piers Shepperd

Director

Over the past 3 decades, Piers’ career has spanned design, production management, audio, lighting, automation and the development of cutting edge manufacturing. He has been involved in over twelve Olympic Ceremonies, helped build the largest ever World Expo site in Dubai and can name both Her Majesty the Queen and Queen the rock band as clients. Whether a mega event, an immersive experience, or a music tour, it is Piers’ breadth of knowledge and experience that makes him skilled at helping clients deliver adventurous creative ideas. 

His early career saw him picking up skills in lighting and fabrication with industry leaders including: Vari-Lite, Theatre Projects and Brilliant Stages. This led him to move into technical design in the 1990’s where he worked to deliver critically acclaimed projects such as ‘We Will Rock You’, the Rolling Stones ‘Licks World Tour’, and U2 Popmart Tour.

In 2004, as Associate Technical Director for the Athens Olympics 2004 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Piers was made directly responsible for staging and technical coordination, which saw him design and deliver the iconic Olympic fire rings, as well as a giant temporary lake and chamber. This led to a focus on delivering world class Ceremonies around the world, which has seen Piers work as a Technical Director and Technical Consultant for Beijing, Rio, Delhi, Vancouver, London, Baku, Pyeongchang, Tokyo & Paris.

As Technical Director for London 2012, Piers oversaw the creation of four unique and spectacular Ceremonies that wowed the world. Critically acclaimed highlights include the molten Olympic rings, the iconic cauldron, and the Queen’s show-stealing parachute stunt with James Bond. This led him to set up Wonder Works with Jeremy Lloyd in 2014, and the business has since grown to include a team of employees that represent the very best in technical design, production design, venue design, engineering, production management and event strategy.

Piers is an expert in managing multiple stakeholders, mindfully guiding talented teams through a myriad of obstacles to deliver work in sometimes challenging environments; he has built a giant cube at sea in the UAE, braved extreme sub-zero temperatures in Pyeongchang and brought communities together on the blustery West Coast of Ireland for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Piers’ sensibilities lie at the intersection between technology and creativity. Equally at home talking to artists about storytelling and meaning as he is to engineers about wind loads and structures, Piers straddles both worlds, guiding a diverse portfolio of projects from idea to delivery. In 2008, as Design Manager for ES Projects, he worked with UK architect Zaha Hadid to deliver the award-winning touring Chanel Art Pavilion. He has also collaborated with artist Es Devin on three National Day celebrations in the Middle East, and worked with multi-award winning British architecture studio, Thomas Heatherwick on the 2012 Olympic Cauldron that wowed an estimated 900 million viewers.

In 2022 Piers was named Trustee and Chair of Backup Tech Charity, helping to provide financial support to industry technical professionals across the UK. He is also a regular contributor for ‘Speakers For Schools’. In his spare time he enjoys fixing bikes, tinkering with technology, and spending time with his family.