Background

Alex has been working in the entertainment industry for 15 years, mostly on a freelance basis and has experience in all aspects of performance lighting, including concert touring, corporate, exhibition, theatre, dance, installation and architectural.  Roles in this time have been many and varied, including many positions of responsibility such as Lighting Designer, Programmer/Operator, Crew Chief, Dimmer/mains man and Chief Electrician.

Coming originally from a theatre background, Alex acquired a number of valuable stagecraft skills as well as a performance-based approach to all areas of the industry.  He served for 18 months as Chief Electrician at the Peacock Theatre in London before moving on into corporate and later concert and television environments.  Alex now tries to undertake a healthy mix of all types of work, which helps to bring fresh ideas and concepts from one area to another.  This is also a very effective way of maintaining a keen interest in every project.

Alex has extensive experience of touring, initially with large scale classical and contemporary dance productions, and latterly with a variety of concert tours.  These have taken him to most continents and from this has gained an invaluable experience of working with people of many different cultures, languages and work practices.

Alex holds an electrical engineering degree, and is a qualified electrician.  Professional memberships include The Institution Of Electrical Engineers (IET), Production Services Association (PSA) and BECTU.

Outside the entertainment world, Alex has recently become involved in the rebuild of EDSAC, one of the earliest programmable computers in this country. The project is based at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, but consists of contributors from as far afield as Australia! Alex is pleased to be able to bring his skills as a wireman and his knowledge of modern mains distribution methods to the project. More info about EDSAC Here

Other non professional interests include Music (trained in Piano to grade 6), travel, walking gardening, sailing and scuba diving.

Qualifications

Alex holds the following relevant qualifications:

BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Kings College London, grad 1998)
C&G 2360 Part 1&2 Electrical Installattion
C&G 2391 Electrical Installation Inspection and testing
IPAF - Scissor Lift and Self Propelled Boom
PASMA - Mobile Scaffold Tower
PSA Safety Passport
Full UK Driving License (inc. 7.5T)
CSCS  Card held

Key Skills

The following skills are relevant to one or more of Alex's areas of work:

Lighting design and operation for all types of performance.
Experience of 'relighting', in touring concert and theatre environments, and working as an associate.
Good sense of rhythm, appreciation of musical styles.
Music / score reading.
Good knowledge of lighting control systems from all major manufacturers.
Extensive knowledge of various lighting control systems, including Hog and GrandMA
Experience with media server systems including Catalyst, MA Video, Mbox and Hippotiser
Electrical design, installation, testing and troubleshooting, in temporary and permanent environments.
Good electronic knowledge, including and troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment and systems 'on the road'.
Computer literate, PC and MAC, including programming and networking principles.
Good people management and interpersonal skills.
Good timekeeping and project management skills, including extensive experience of working to tight deadlines.
Climbing and ability to work safely at height, including rope access techniques.
Good health and safety awareness, also preparation of risk assessments and method statements.
Languages: passable French, basic German.

Professional Memberships

Either personally, or as corporately as APservices, Alex is a member of the following institutions:

Production Services Association
BECTU
Institute of Engineering and Technology (formerly IEE)