2017 JUDGES

INNOVATION AWARDS 2017 - MEET THE JUDGES

JAMES EADE

JAMES EADE
Electrical Systems Consultant

James Eade is a Chartered Engineer with a 25-year career in entertainment technology and events, in areas as diverse as theatre, corporate, touring and TV as well as permanent installation work,with electrical engineering being a particular specialism. He previously worked for WWG, the design and product development company founded by Peter Wynne Willson and Tony Gottelier, and now runs his own consultancy offering expertise in temporary power solutions for the events industry. He has chaired the PLASA Awards for Innovation judging panel for most of its existence, and has long been a contributor to LSi magazine, most recently with his column on electrical safety, The Conductor. 
MICK JONES

MICK JONES
Account Manager, Creative Technology

Mick has worked in the live events industry for almost 30 years, starting at Mediatech AV in the mid-80s. In that time, he has worked on some of the highest profile and prestigious events across the globe. Mick is recognised as one of the leading Account/ Project Managers in the field of corporate and live events, specialising in the delivery of high end video. He brings a wealth of experience into the live event arena having worked with such companies as CT, PRG, BLITZ Communications as well as stints as a freelance project manager.
MICK JONES

DAVID BISHOP
Lighting Designer

David is a well-established television and event lighting designer & programmer who’s worked in almost every lighting role, and now brings his skills to benefit a wide range of shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Jump, to the State Opening of Parliament and The Proms.
STEPHANIE

STEPHANIE BALDWIN
Technical Project Manager, Royal Albert Hall

Steph has been a part of the Royal Albert Hall technical team for the past eight years, starting off as Maintenance Technician before becoming a Technical Manager. Now working in the role of Technical Projects Manager, Steph oversees the ongoing replacement of equipment and upgrades to technical systems and infrastructure.
SIMON ALLEN

SIMON ALLEN
Sound Engineer

Simon Allen is an internationally recognised freelance engineer/producer and pro audio professional with over a decade of experience. Working mostly in music, his reputation as a FOH and studio mix engineer continues to reach new heights.
JOE MAPSON

JOE MAPSON
Charcoalblue

Joe Mapson has worked extensively as a technical production manager and NRC rigger. Specialising Circus rigging he worked for 7 years for Bristol based circus school Circomedia as technical and operations manager. Hanging up his harness in 2016 Joe transferred his technical knowledge and skills into providing technical design solutions for theatre design consultants Charcoalblue in their new Bristol studio.
Paul Fielder

Paul Fielder
Deputy Lighting Systems Manager, Royal Opera House

Paul started working in the West End in 2002 and went on to work on Phantom of the Opera for 12 years. He left in 2015 to work at the Royal Opera House where he is currently deputy lighting systems manager.
Matt Prentice

Matt Prentice
Lighting Designer

Matt trained for three years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal as a lighting designer and production electrician. After freelancing as an LD and production electrician for several years, Matt joined Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, first as assistant and then as the Head of Lighting and Sound. Matt Joined RADA in 2006 as Head of Lighting and, as well as training, he lit many drama and musical theatre productions. Matt has also worked for the British Council, the City Lit Institute, the Regional Training Agency and Stage Electrics as a trainer and LD. Some other lighting design credits include: Punch Drunk Productions; Faust & Mask of the Red Death, Old Vic Theatre; Ditch & High Tide Festival Theatre - all productions and transfers 2010-2015.

*More judges to be announced soon

SHOW OPENING TIMES:

LONDON, OLYMPIA
Sunday 16 September
10am - 6pm
Monday 17 September
10am - late
Tuesday 18 September
10am - 4pm