PLASA Director of International Programs
Lori has been involved in the entertainment technology industry for over 35 years. Her roles have included lighting designer, stage manager, and working for a dealer, manufacturer, and theatre consultant. A founding member and later executive director of ESTA, she is currently Director of International Programs for PLASA.
Sapsis Rigging, President
As a welder, rigger, company president and author Bill has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. Starting Sapsis Rigging in 1981 he developed the company into an internationally recognized leader in the design and installation of stage equipment. Bill's seminar program has worldwide recognition and was the recipient of ESTA's highest honour the 2010 EVA Swan Award. Bill is a USITT Fellow, a member of the ETCP Council and Chair of the Rigging Working Group for PLASA NA.
Momentum Engineering, Director
Abigail co-founded Momentum in 2005. She has worked on a wide range of projects from small, bespoke architectural projects to multi million pound mixed use development schemes. In recent years she has specialised in the sports, venue and entertainment sectors, and has worked closely with production teams and specialist rigging contractors on the engineering and delivery of a variety of temporary structures and events.
Liftket/Hoffmann GmbH, Technical Director
Matthias Müller studied at the Technical University of Dresden, graduating in 1990 as a mechanical engineer. First working in the field of heavy duty crane design, Matthias became a project leader and site manager for a major constructor in the power generating business. He started working for Hoffmann Fördertechnik GmbH, the manufacturer of LIFTKET electric chain hoists in 2002. In 2004 Matthias became the technical manager of Hoffmann Fördertechnik and is responsible for the development of new products quality assurance programs and the research and development department.
Earls Court & Olympia, Group Head of Health and Safety
As group head of health & safety at EC&O, Michael has responsibility for the safety and welfare of as many as 50,000 people per day at the venues. A Chartered Member of IOSH, he sits on the British Standards Technical Committee for Imaging. He has 20 years experience as a Safety Professional in Construction, Facilities and Event Management. As Chairman of SAGE, the Safety Advisor's Group in Entertainment, he facilitates the UK's largest specialist safety group in events. Michael is currently President of The IEAM and Chairman of the ABTT Safety Committee.
RSC Head of Technical Design, Royal Shakespeare Company
Alan acts as chief designer and manager of the 50 strong scenery design and construction departments at the RSC. Leaving university in 1978 he joined the Crucible and gained broad grounding in regional rep, touring ballet and opera before his first workshop manager position in 1982. Immediately prior to joining the RSC in 1991 Alan was responsible for the redevelopment at Birmingham Rep and is involved in the ongoing development of the RSC’s theatres in Stratford. As well as being responsible for the realisation of set design and engineering at the RSC, Alan has designed temporary auditoria for the 740 seat Roundhouse (2008) and 1040 seat replica of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the Park Avenue Armory, New York (2011).
Unusual Rigging, Technical Director
Robin Elias is in his 24th year as Technical Director of Unusual Rigging He is also In charge of special projects, which have included a range of challenges, from designing a system to allow 32 Arial Artists to traverse the spokes of the London Eye hands free, to suspending a system to allow 32 aerial artists to traverse the spokes of the London Eye hands free, to suspending numerous aircraft and satellites. Robin sits on the NRAG and is involved in the development of the NRC and he also manages Unusual Rigging's NRC Assessment Center. He lives in Northamptonshire with his wife, three of his four children, and his dog named Hendrix.
Roy graduated in Technical Physics at Delft University. He is currently involved in a workgroup within the Dutch Standardisation Institute (NEN) that writes Codes of Practices for the Entertainment Industry, like the NPR 8020-13 Riggingplan. Other current work: Risk Assessments, fixed installations, structural calculations, (load) measurements & research and training / education.
Showquip, Technical Director
Nick Barnfield is based in Auckland New Zealand. A regular visitor and sometime contributor at the Rigging Conference, Nick’s formal engineering qualifications together with years of industry experience underlie a pragmatic entertainment rigging perspective from both sides. Current design projects include an ever varying range of demountable staging structures with an increasing presence of inflatables. Current pro-bono projects include contributing to best practice documents, qualification and training programmes in NZ which is timely given the development of the ICoPER project; with which he is also involved.
National Theatre, Safety Risk Manager
A Chartered member of IOSH, Anna has over ten years’ experience of providing safety advice to the entertainment industry, from theatre to festivals, from street markets to ilms. Currently the Safety Risk Manager of the National Theatre, Anna also lectures in entertainment risk management at Rose Bruford College and supports the Battersea Arts Centre with advice. Anna seeks to provide organisations with an improved understanding and management of risk producing better performance and competitive advantage; it is possible to create bespoke safety management systems that work for organisations rather than slow them down’
Manchester International Festival, Technical Director
Jack is Technical Director of the Manchester International Festival and has overseen all technical elements since its inception in 2007. He is also an Associate at LIPA ( Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) and the current chair of MAST ( Manchester Arts Sustainable Team). He spent many years working on Projects and Productions for White Light and in his earlier years was head of lighting for various companies touring shows and events all over the world.
PTG Productions, Owner
Peter (AKA Pete The Greek) did his first tour in 1978, and concentrated on rigging from 1983. For 25 years toured all over the world with major acts and in 2004 founded PTG Productions to service select London venues and some of the larger festivals. Peter was involved from the start of the National Rigging Certificate and is an assessor for the scheme. He also provides training and is a member of the National Rigging Advisory Group.
InventiveCreative Ltd, Managing Director
Gavin Sadler is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with over twenty five years experience in the theatre industry. His company, Inventive Creative Limited, specialises in using 3D CAD modelling and computational analysis methods to create accurate models of systems with complex geometry and loading, allowing more efficient and effective designs to be created. Previous projects include the flying car mechanism in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, most of the set of Lord of the Rings the musical and the tree structure for the London Olympics opening ceremony.
Prolyte, Technical Director
Educated as a civil engineer, Matthias began working in the entertainment industry in 1995, joining Prolyte in 2011. As Technical Director, Germany, he is the specialist for all brands of the Prolyte Group for the German market. He is the rigging and temporary demountable structures representative to the DTHG (German Technical Theatre Association) and a member of the CWA 15902-1 workgroup, DIN, IGVW (Events Industry Interest Group) and ARGEBAU (Germany's building control authorities collective). In 2014 he was authorised to test entertainment industry machinery by the VBG and DGUV (German Social Insurance schemes).
HSE Entertainment division
Flip Sandell has worked for the HSE since leaving the Army in 2000. He's currently finsihing his term at HSE's entertainment and leisure section where he had the brief for live music, theatre, film, broadcasting and fairgrounds. Flip has been responsible for helping the industry in successfully navigating its way to the continued use of Tallescopes, STAC and sensible industry guidance.
Kish Rigging, Managing Director
Ed began rigging in 1980 and toured with Eric Clapton, Diana Ross, The Police and the Rolling Stones among others. Ed established Kish Rigging in 1986. The company has forty full time employees and executes a hundred plus projects annually. Ed was involved in the development of the ETCP and is the North American Chair for the PLASA International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) project. Ed and company are passionate about advancing safety and are currently focused on improving rigger training in the US.
Caroline joined Charcoalblue as a stage engineering consultant after 10 years working in the industry, having graduated as an electronic engineer from UMIST in 2002. Starting as a freelance technician, Caroline moved to the Royal Albert Hall from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. She was promoted to Technical Show Manager within a year and then for the next 6 years as Rigging Manager at the Albert Hall she provided rigging solutions for incoming shows and house productions.
MJC Consulting, Managing Director
MJ Consulting was founded in 1997 to carry out consulting structural engineering services for the entertainment industry. Over the years MJC have worked in the majority of the major UK theatres on shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The company developed and compiled a Load Rating report system relating to grids, stages, circle lighting bars, which has been adopted by over 40 UK theatres and arenas. Currently MJC is working on the UK Lion King tour and with the Shaftesbury Theatre to develop its backstage facilities and a new fly tower.
Actus Industries, General Manager
Starting out in the industry as a technician, Adam quickly rose through the ranks and was soon chief electrician at Jerudong Park, Brunei. From there Adam jumped to sales at AC Lighting, developing the business and helping to found AC Rigging in 2006. After 13 years at AC Adam joined Actus Industries in 2012 and as General Manager now looks after the three divisions of the business, sales, rental and project management.
Tom Higgins Design Consultancy
Tamsin Higgins manages the Tom Higgins design consultancy and has experience of a wide range of very successful retail, commercial and exhibition projects. Tom Higgins specialises in the development of high quality projects and enjoy working with a range of clients, from first time exhibitors to larger marketing departments on a range of budgets. Tamsin provides concept design, computer modelling, 3d visualisation, scale models, client presentations, working drawings, builder liaison and on site supervision.
Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Directors
Anne Minors is the founder and director of Anne Minors Performance Consultants who serve the worlds of theatre, music, opera, film and education. Over 2 decades, the work of AMPC's multi-disciplinary team has spanned continents, designing harmonious spaces using rigging and stage engineering solutions. AMPC works closely with stage engineering manufacturers on projects including power flying to stage lifting systems from Istanbul to Toronto. Anne was recently awarded the 2014 'First Women Award for The Built Environment' for her success in four continents and her pioneering of theatre consulting.