WELCOME. I’m a UK-based editor, journalist and published author – also a former Editor of Which Computer? magazine who launched and fronted the first business tv service for the Information Technology (IT) industry – The Computer Channel. Currently, I’m Group Editor for the leading industry title for the audio visual industry, the 51-year-old AV Magazine – and Electronics Weekly, which is 62 years old. You can reach me on Linkedin.
AV AWARDS: Traditionally, the evening of AV Magazine’s celebration is one night when the entire professional audio visual industry lets its hair down. I work with the evening’s host, various professional entertainers and awards presenters who have included Alun Cochrane, Russell Kane, David Baddiel, Adam Buxton, the magnificent Colin Murray, Tom Allen and the late, sadly lamented, Sean Lock.
ELEKTRA AWARDS: Another celebration of technical excellence is Electronics Weekly’s annual event which pulls the great and the good of the electronics industry into our regular Park Lane watering hole, the Grosvenor House. Again, the evening’s hosts have included Hal Cruttenden, Ed Gamble, Ben Hanlin, Jon Culshaw, Charlie Stayt, and Suzi Ruffell.
ROWING: My colleagues at Oxford Brookes University Boat Club are now operating a fabulous set of facilities for elite rowers at their boathouse on the River Thames at Cholsey. OBUBC has produced some of the best rowers in the world. The Club is a direct route to the British team and has the strongest undergraduate rowing squad in the country. Olympic gold medals have been won by Ben Hunt-Davis, Fred Scarlett and Rowley Douglas at Sydney, and Steve Williams at Athens and Beijing.
In 2022 Brookes qualified 66 athletes across 10 crews into the Henley Royal Regatta. This was bolstered by another eight members of British National team racing in The Grand Challenge Cup, Stewards and Goblets.
The week culminated in a whitewash of the Student Men’s Sweep events. This is a first for the regatta. Brookes claimed its fifth Temple Challenge Cup in eight years and regained the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for the first time since 2009. With one of the largest entries ever and challenged by the most competitive rowing teams globally, this is one of the standout achievements in the boat club’s history.
FORMULA ONE: The London Design Centre used my business book Formula One: Made in Britain – which details the British influence on Formula One racing and its technology – as the basis for its major exhibition: Formula One, The Great Design Race. The event won Design Week’s award for ‘Best Temporary Exhibition’ and it toured the world visiting the Design Museum, Finland; the Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo; the National Museum of Singapore; and the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. I also write about F1 in AV Magazine occasionally (see FORMULA ONE line above), and chat on video.