The RCP’s Technical & Audio-Visual Manager, Ben Pain, will be one of over 20 judges set to help select the winners for the prestigious 2016 AV Awards. Ben, who has been with us for over 4 ½ years, has a wealth of experience in all things AV related and currently looks after our team of technicians who provide technical support for all our staff and clients.
We sat down with Ben and got him to answer a few of our questions to help find out what he will be getting up to on the night and what will be in store for all those lucky enough to have been nominated!
1. What is your job role at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and your day-to-day responsibilities?
I am the Technical & Audio-visual Manager. I am responsible for a team of technicians who provide high quality, customer focussed, pro-active audio-visual technical support to all of RCP’s staff and customers. The team manages the technical aspects of all the live events and conferences, technical meeting room support, online, interactive and collaborative tools including VC and video streaming as well as content creation such as corporate and educational videos.
2. How did you end up in this field?
I have always been keen on theatre and live events. As a teenager, I was a member of both the National and Manchester Youth Theatre’s and I graduated from Middlesex University with a 2:1 in Technical Theatre Design in 1998. Between 1998 and 2001, I was involved setting up and running pirate radio stations and club nights. In 1999 I started working as a freelance technician for corporate events and discovered that I enjoyed the work and had an aptitude for it and I’ve been working in this field ever since.
3. How long have you been in the industry?
I have been earning money from being a technician in the live events industry since I was 16, so nearly 25 years!
4. What are the AV awards?
The AV Awards are the annual awards given by AV Magazine to celebrate the successes across the AV industry from large installations, to large stadium events, from in-house support teams to manufacturers and designers. It is the biggest event in the UK’s AV calendar.
5. How did you become a judge?
I met the editor Peter Lloyd in 2006 when an installation project I was involved with won an award and the magazine came to do an interview. He introduced me into the AV community and invited me to start blogging and attending AV magazine events, as he wanted greater input from the AV user side of the industry.
6. Is this your first time being a judge?
I was a judge in 2006 and 2007 and then in 2008 my team won “best in-house AV team”. I was invited back again this year.
7. What will you have to do as a judge?
We work in groups to consider six or seven of the categories. We are given time to read the submissions and then through a process of heated debate rank the entries in each category until we reach a consensus.
8. What are you most looking forward to on the night?
There are many great people I have meet through my career in AV that will be attending the awards so it will be great to be able to catch up and celebrate the sheer size and brilliance of the UK’s AV industry.
9. What are you nervous about on the night?
Nothing this time because I’m not nominated for anything and I don’t have to present an award, so I can enjoy the evening.
10. Any words of wisdom to those nominated.
To those who are nominated – do not drink too much until after the awards, adrenalin can do funny things to people!
We wish everyone involved in the AV Awards the best of luck!