Founders and Venue Owners

Hostology was born of our founder venues’ shared experience. Hostology founders:

Philip and Susie Godsal – Iscoyd Park
Jane Robinson and Samantha Vaughan – Dewsall Court
Harry and Georgina Dearden – Pennard House
Joshua Dugdale – Wasing Estate
Anselm and Sarah Guise – Elmore Court

They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to tailor THE PLATFORM and THE COLLECTIVE to our customers’ needs.

Founder and Managing Director

Emma Hardcastle

Prior to Hostology, Emma conceived, developed and successfully launched several business platforms (SaaS) and innovative consumer services. She fulfilled senior roles at major publishing and digital brands Macmillan Publishers, AOL and Science Navigation Group, and steered innovative Startups Production Wizard, Screen Library and Pocket Issue.

During the pandemic, Emma and the Hostology Team have doubled down to focus on hosting 23 well-attended sessions through the Hostology COLLECTIVE to help venues navigate finding financial support, legal, HR and marketing advice.

The team work closely with the WVSG, ABWB and are involved with the UK Wedding Task Force. All this, alongside delivering important improvements to the platform for 2021!

Chief Technology Officer, Mohara

Richard Sams

Richard heads up our technical engineering services.

Our creative UK team lead on all things design and strategy – also known as UX and UI– heading customer feedback and prototyping the next iteration of the Hostology PLATFORM.

Our excellent engineering team are based in Cape Town and Bangkok, covering project management, development and QA.


Are you ready to work for a fast-growing tech start up?

Join our growing team! If you’ve got what it takes to grow an exciting brand and technology platform (constantly evolving to improve!) then check out our positions below, or send us your CV via the Contact page.

We’re based in West London, but for most roles we’re not fussy about location. Our founders and team are well distributed across the UK – from London to Brighton, Shropshire to Somerset.


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“Hostology brings everything in to one place, increasing the efficiency of our event managers, while at the same time creating a great platform for our customers to use.”

Harry & Georgina Dearden, Pennard House

“We now spend much more time with each client, meaning we can offer an even more personal service. This is what we have been waiting for since we opened in 2010.”

Phil and Susie Godsal, Iscoyd Park

“Hostology has carefully thought through how a tech solution can not only make the event management process smoother, saving in time and admin, but can also provide an enjoyable work flow for the client.”

Joshua Dugdale, Wasing Park

“The systemising, streamlining and efficiencies are a game changer for our business and equally will make planning the wedding logistics less ‘dry’ for our couples and their guests – it is a win, win, win!”

Jane Robinson & Samantha Vaughan, Dewsall Court

“Hostology is a fantastic platform that brings the many elements of organising bespoke events under one roof. It has transformed the organisation of our business, saved many staff hours and made us far more efficient.”

Phil and Susie Godsal, Iscoyd Park

“We extensively researched the market to find a software platform that fulfils all the needs we have when arranging events and liaising with customers. Hostology does and is going to massively streamline our business.”

Harry & Georgina Dearden, Pennard House

“So far, I have found the system overall to be really easy to use from our point of view, particularly when it comes to the itinerary.

I think in the long run this is going to save us so much more time to be able to concentrate on the couples and other areas.”

Natalie, Upton Barn