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Emma Reynolds: TPi Awards Stage Manager

How did you initially get into the industry? "I’ve wanted to do this ever since I went to my first festival, Monsters of Rock, at...

Matthew Whitehead: Airworks Inflatables

Yourself and your business partner Bart Maes began in the arts world. How did you translate this background into creating art for the live...


Luke Jenks: CODA Audio

What first interested you in the live events industry? "I was lucky to grow up around a vibrant underground music scene, while having the opportunity...

Sean Hackett: KISS

When did you first get involved with KISS? "I was the Crew Chief in Australia on a few tours for Bytecraft when got to know...

Gill Tee: entee

How did you initially become involved in the live event production industry? Did you take an academic route or a more practical one? "My route...

Jessica Allan: Knight of Illumination

How did you initially join the industry? "By accident whilst doing babysitting when I was a teenager! I was working for the then MD of Martin...

Sam O’Riordan: Freelance LD

Tell us how your touring career began… "My career began when a good friend of mine started a lighting rental company. It was a very...

Mark Haney: Upstage Video

How did you initially get into the entertainment technology industry? "Pure nepotism. I had an older brother, David ‘Hud’ Haney, who played Hammond organ in...

Scott Appleton: Clair Global

How did you initially get into the industry - did you take the educational route? “I did not; I started at Clair in May 1987,...

Colin Kavanagh: CEO for Philips Entertainment Lighting

How did you get your start in the entertainment technology industry, and what has kept you within it to this day? “I had a summer...


Ola Melzig – Technical Director, Eurovision Song Contest

How did you initially become involved in the industry? “It all started in early 1990 when I moved from Malmö to Stockholm with my...

David Broadhurst

How did your interest in creating technology begin? It began in 2006 when I was with my previous company, where we created a moulded 10...

Ceri Wade

TPi speaks to 2016's Production Manager of the Year, Arcadia's Ceri Wade. How did you get your start in the live events industry? I grew...

Neil Trenell

How did you first get your start in the industry? I was always involved with amateur production from an early age as my mother used...


Phil Dudderidge

How did you get your start within the industry? In 1967, when I was 18, I bought a van and became a roadie for...

Jac Nott

On getting started in the industry… “I started playing in a band at school, but could never hear myself when in shows - so took...

Tony Andrews

Profession: Audio Engineer, Founder of Funktion One Date & Place of Birth: 9 April 1949, Cheam, South London, UK You founded Funktion One in 1992, what was...

Jim Digby

Profession: Producer, production manager, mentor, philanthropist, founder and chairman of the board of the Event Safety Alliance Date & Place of birth: July 1963,...