THE TEAM

MARK PARKER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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In over 15 years in the AV industry mark has become a seasoned campaigner, playing a key role in the success of thousands of successful events.

If experience has shown him anything, it’s the importance of remaining calm and helpful, regardless of what’s going on around him – in fact he has quite a reputation for never getting flustered.

Mark is also more than happy to play a key role in the creative side of event management and gets involved in everything from room dressing to sound design.

In his spare time Mark can occasionally be found up to his waist in rivers pursuing elusive salmon or, more often, travelling round Britain to catch up with favourite musicians including Tift Merrit, Jason Mraz, Ron Sexsmith, Roddy Woomble and Counting Crows.

RUTH CORNFORTH

GENERAL MANAGER

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Ruth’s role is to make sure that all the administration and organisation for events goes smoothly and liaises between our clients and the AV Matrix team. Supremely organised and very efficient, Ruth’s also in charge of keeping everyone at AV Matrix in line.

Her hobbies include, baking, cooking and her carrot cake has been (unofficially) rated as one of the country’s best! During the lambing season Ruth can be found on her family’s farm helping to give her father and brother’s some well-earned rest.

STEVE IDLE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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With so many years in the AV industry there is little that Steve has not seen or learnt to overcome, although he does love a highly technical challenge. He comes with his own built in technician motivator, but is much respected in the industry.

When he is not at work he spends time with his family, he is an avid Liverpool supporter (although has not been to a match in all the time he has been at AV Matrix). And the subjects to avoid with him, unless you are truly passionate are fast cars and F1!

DREW HOLMES

SENIOR TECHNICIAN

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Drew works closely with our clients in the run up to events, he’s great at putting together 3D visualisations of how a whole event will look and producing many creative design ideas too. He’s also more than happy to get involved in the technical work whilst on site!

Before joining AV Matrix Drew spent four seasons as a counsellor in American summer camps, but now he’s turned his back on the world of little league baseball and marshmallows toasted on an open fire to concentrate on the AV world instead.

Away from work he’s a keen photographer and is something of a Jenson Button in the world of high powered Radio Controlled Cars.

EDWARD CHAMPION

HEAD OF LIGHTING

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Ed is in charge of all things illumination here at AV Matrix. From being behind the desk at large corporate events to maintaining every last unit to perfection in the warehouse, Ed can be relied on to do the best possible job.

As a true ‘all-rounder’ whether it’s setting up a sound system at a wedding reception or making sure that all the lighting is going to work perfectly at a major sales presentation, Ed ensures the event goes off without a hitch.

His technical expertise is well exercised outside work too, where he indulges in his passion for modifying cars.

JACK GRAHAM

HEAD OF VIDEO

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Jack looks after all our video kit from projectors to our LED video walls, keeping it all in top shape and installing and operating it on site are all part of the job. He also gets involved in visual content work before events, producing creative and professional presentations to be seen on screen at events.

Equally eager to get involved with the lighting, sound or even the power, Jack also gets chance to be a video DJ, creating dynamic looks on giant screens synchronised with the music and lighting, for bands and other entertainment.
When he’s not at work Jack enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with new gadgets or indoor rock climbing.

BEN COLBECK

EVENTS TECHNICIAN

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Ben is a true grafter in every sense of the word, his duties encompass all aspects of the work undertaken by AV Matrix. From rigging projectors to installing PA systems Ben ensures everything he does is to the same very high standard.

However, it’s lighting where his true passion lies, he enjoys preparing every fixture to ensure a smooth installation, all the way through to guaranteeing they produce a stunning visual display at events.

As a fitness enthusiast he can be found hitting the gym after work or out on his bike in the summer months.

 

JORDAN CASTLEHOUSE

EVENTS TECHNICIAN

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Jordan is another of our general technicians, will a full breadth of skill and experience to accomplish any job thrown at him. A noise boy at heart, his background includes work and studies in recording studios where perfection is a much sought after quality in all work. Jordan brings this with him to all he takes part in at AV Matrix.

Often found wandering the hills of the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District, when he’s not doing that he’s out of his skateboard, playing guitar or even wild swimming!

 

RACHAEL SHARP

EVENTS TECHNICIAN

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Rachael, a well-rounded technician able to assist with the range of activities we undertake here at AV Matrix. She works efficiently and gives a well-polished result 100% of the time, especially where her passion for lighting is concerned. Rachael really enjoys being given a black canvas, whether it is a marquee, garden or conference room and turning it into the most fantastically lit event.

Out on the water she can be found sailing her topper dinghy, that’s when she’s not enjoying 80’s music!

JESS SHAY

OFFICE MANAGER

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With arguably the company’s most difficult job, Jess looks after the weekly schedules to ensure everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time. No mean feat! She books our friendly freelancers and liaises with clients, venues and suppliers to ensure everything is kept running smoothly. An organisational expert, Jess is used to adapting to changing situations which can be fairly common is the fast paced events industry.

Outside of work you’ll find her rambling around the Yorkshire Dales and hiking up hills. During summer, there is an abundance of cake in the office as Jess fundraisers for her next charity walking challenge.

DEAN IBBOTSON

WAREHOUSE AND DELIVERY OPERATIVE

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Dean joined the company in August 2015 having delivered more wine than any of us could wish for! He brings with him, huge attention to detail, a great can do attitude and a smiley face. He keeps an eye on our extensive fleet of vehicles and enjoys the chance to take the 7.5-ton truck out for a spin from time to time.

When not at work Dean can be seen walking his lovely dog or in the stands spectating at various motorsport events up and down the country.

ROB STEELE

WAREHOUSE TECHNICAIN

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Based in the warehouse Rob is responsible for making sure the right kit gets to every event and it’s in fully working order. A physical and fast paced role that Rob takes completely in his stride, he enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done and learning more and more about the kit he deals with every day.

A full time dad and family man takes up most of his spare time but he does like to get the odd treat of watching the football on a Saturday.