UK - After working together for several years, Hall Stage is delighted to announce that Steve Shortt is joining the business as Head of Design. His appointment is part of Hall's ongoing plans for growth in new product development, and projects and installations.

Steve has been working in the US & Canada on Hall Stage products with US partners Thern Stage Equipment, Hall Stage North America, Epic Production Technology, Gridworks and many others.

He has over 30 years' experience including theatre and entertainment rigging & engineering. Having hammered out many custom rigging designs, some notable projects include kit-out of the new "Tonight Show" NBC TV Studios in Hollywood, the "LA Live" plaza pixel wall and AEG Broadcast Studios in Los Angeles.

Commenting on the move, Steve highlights his historical links with Hall Stage, having worked in countless theat

UK - Martin Audio has recently appointed two key sales roles. Firstly, Andy Duffield has taken the position of APAC account manager, whilst Roland Morcom has replaced the long serving Martin Kelly as EMEA account manager, who retired at the end of July.

Andy Duffield has over 30 years of experience in the Pro Audio industry and will take charge of a growing region both for touring and installation. As Simon Bull, International sales director, said, "China, Japan and Australia are critical territories, and there is opportunity to grow in such countries as Korea, Vietnam and Singapore, so Andy has a great opportunity to build Martin Audio's presence and I'm delighted to have such a well-respected manager dedicated to the region."

Roland Morcom again has depth of experience in Pro Audio and will take on selected countries in EMEA, shared with Andy Weingartner who joined

Denmark - Elation Professional EU has announced the hiring of Allan Bagger as the company's new sales representative for Denmark. As one of the founders of Music Group Denmark, a supplier of lighting and sound equipment that he helped build up since 2011, Allan comes to the new position at Elation with extensive experience and knowledge of the Danish lighting market.

Allan, who started in the new position on 1 August working from an office in Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus, is tasked with support and training of Elation's Danish customers, as well as growing Elation's presence in the rental, theater, stage and installation segments.

Allan commented on the new position, "I have worked with Elation products as the Danish distribution partner since 2011, so I know the brand well. Here in Denmark, it's primarily about getting the industry to know the Elation brand and

UK - Keith Williams has re-joined Impact Products (Europe) Ltd as general manager, strengthening the highly successful Northampton based team. Williams had been instrumental in the early growth of Impact in 2008, one the leading businesses in the pro audio and lighting distribution sectors.

Williams grew sales of the LANTA LED lighting range and was instrumental in the development of Brooke audio products INH range, both now prolific in the installation markets. He championed Impact's own brand of flight cases, Rhino - now one of the best selling flight cases in the UK. Earlier this year Prolyte European distributor of the year award was awarded to Impact for outstanding sales and customer service to truss and staging customers.

Group managing director Grant Lester said, "Keith is one of the most popular and charismatic characters in the industry. He brings an incredibly

USA - To build on the growing demand for Constellation acoustic systems, Meyer Sound has bolstered its team with the appointment of Mac Johnson to Constellation programme manager and Melody Parker to associate acoustic engineer.

"Since the launch of Constellation, the system has revolutionized the acoustics in live performance venues. Our customers are adapting the system's capabilities for new applications like meeting rooms, recording studios, classrooms, and restaurants," says Antonio Zacarias, vice president of worldwide sales for Meyer Sound. "With Mac and Melody's wealth of experience, we're ready to help customers from all areas find the best solutions for their acoustic needs."

As Constellation programme manager, Johnson drives all aspects of the company's Constellation efforts, from lead development to design, sales, and commissioning of systems. J

UAE - Creative Technology's Middle East operation has recently recruited Ed Jarman in the position of senior project manager at their Dubai Investment Park offices. Ed will be heading up day-to-day project management and project development. Working alongside Mark Woodhouse, general manager of CT's Dubai operation, Ed will also be supporting existing and building new relationships with clients throughout the Middle East.

Ed brings with him a wealth of expertise having worked in the Middle East region since 2010. During his time in the AV industry he has trained as an audio and video engineer starting his career with Capital Radio and then with CT in London. In 2002 Ed set up his own production management company. More recently Ed worked as the technical production manager on behalf of CT in Asia at the Shanghai World Expo. In 2011 and 2013 he also worked as the video director at

USA - Focusrite has announced the appointment of industry veteran Kurt Howell to the position of RedNet Eastern regional manager. The announcement further emphasizes the growth and expansion of RedNet in the US. RedNet is Focusrite's range of modular Ethernet-networked interfaces based around the industry-standard low-latency Dante audio networking system.

In his new position, Howell, who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, will work closely with prospective RedNet customers in conjunction with product specialist Ted White to continue to drive sales with Eastern U.S. dealers, contractors and reps. Howell's involvement will help RedNet continue its ongoing penetration as the standard for a networked audio solution for recording studios, higher education, television production, post-production, and live sound installations.

Prior to joining Focusrite, Kurt Howell was a Digidesign

UK - From a long list of hundreds to a shortlist of five, including women at the top of their game in architecture, planning, construction and contracting, Anne Minors was awarded the 2014 First Women Award for The Built Environment for her success in four continents and her pioneering of theatre consulting in Kazakhstan and Turkey.

Described as 'the doyenne of the international theatre consulting world, creating wonderful pioneering performance spaces,' by Gwyn Miles, ex-director of Somerset House Trust and ex-head of projects of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Anne has spent 30 years combining science with art to produce spaces that look and sound beautiful and inspire further creativity.

Bestowed at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square in June, the First Women Awards were created by the CBI and Real Business to increase diversity in the workplace. The broad canvas

Germany - Meyer Sound Germany has appointed industry veteran Markus Dehmer to sales manager, install. Tasked with supporting theatre and studio customers throughout Germany, Dehmer joins a sales team that also includes Florian Kresse, project manager, install; and Chris Wiedenbeck, sales manager, install.

"Our goal has always been to offer customers cutting-edge audio solutions that are best suited to their project requirements," says Sascha Khelifa, managing director of Meyer Sound Germany. "This requires a team that brings substantial expertise across the entire installation project lifecycle. We're proud to welcome Markus to Meyer Sound."

Dehmer previously led the pro audio department of Mörfelden-Walldorf-based system integrator Landau Electronic, where he was responsible for Meyer Sound loudspeaker installations in locations such as City Casino Basel

UK - Birmingham's Sean Hames is back with the team at LMC Audio. Working out of the LMC Birmingham Office once again, his new project will see him undertake a Northern Area Business Development (NABD) role for the professional audio sales company.

Following a break from the pro audio scene, Hames is ready for this new challenge, commenting: "I have kept in touch with some old industry friends, following the news in the world of PA. I've even played keyboard with some of them! Now, I'm really looking forward to carrying out my new role, being in the thick of it once more, meeting new customers and becoming part of making their jobs happen. PLASA Focus in Leeds this year confirmed to me that this is where my heart is."

Managing director at LMC Audio, Paul Hinkly says: "We're delighted that Sean has returned to the industry and has chosen LMC Audio as his route to

UK - ACC Liverpool has welcomed five new starters to its production and technical department, taking the team to 19.

Rich Neale has joined as production manager for entertainment and sport. He joins from Saville Audio Visual where he was conference and live events manager for six years.

Tom Kaye has been recruited as senior rigging technician while Greg Chapman, Anthony Cowley and Mark Anderson join as production technicians. Their roles include preparing, installing, operating and dismantling of production equipment, from small conference breakouts to large scale arena set-ups, to ensure the smooth and effective delivery of events.

The department has provided a series of in-house productions for conferences this year such as NHS Confederation, the British Association of Urological Surgeons and Accelerate 2014. The National Cancer Research Institute in November is among fort

UK - Distributor POLARaudio, consistent with its recent internal restructuring, has promoted former business development manager Stuart Leader to the position of head of installation. The company recently re-aligned its operation into two distinct sectors - MI and Installation. Stuart Leader has been at POLARaudio for two and a half years and in heading up the Installation team brings to the table a wealth of experience gained from his time with Crestron and Sanyo, where he specialised in the corporate and higher education sectors.

Leader will be responsible for a team which is involved in large scale system solutions that comprise everything from system design and programming to commissioning. End-user engagement sits at the heart of the team's holistic approach to this area, whereby they are involved with assisting and advising the end-user and integrator from the outset to th

UK - Bubble & Squeak PR and marketing agency for the broadcast and media technology sector, has appointed Andrew Winter as client development consultant. He will join on 1 September from SGL where he was marketing director and will be working on new business development and providing marketing services to Bubble & Squeak's client roster.

Prior to joining SGL, Winter held marketing director roles at Orad and IBIS. He started his broadcasting life in radio production and presentation at Capital Radio. Part of the launch team at Southern Sound, he then joined BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) serving in Gibraltar, Belize and Hong Kong. He returned to the UK to launch BSB then BBC World, BBC Prime and the Arabic BBC, gaining invaluable experience in managing creative, editorial and technical teams.

Winter will head up the agency's new #noheadcountrequired service for comp

Canada - Show Distribution, a company specializing in the sale and rental of staging equipment and electric hoists, has appointed Bernard Thériault, formerly from Arcofab, as senior consultant for the company. Thériault will bring his vast experience in the fabrication and distribution of aluminium trusses to expand an already full line of staging equipment offered by Show Distribution, says the company.

A former lighting designer, Thériault established Arcofab in 1993, a company known for its quality and service in the manufacturing of trusses and aluminium structures, which closed down last year after 20 years in the business.

The arrival of Thériault reflects Show Distribution's will to introduce high quality trussing products adapted to the North American market. "Bernard is very passionate about his work and will steer Show Distribution to

UK - Event production and design company, Light Motif, has appointed Kelly Yeomans as business development manager.

Yeomans arrives at Light Motif from Fisher Productions where she gained valuable experience in the event industry. Yeomans now brings this experience and purpose to Light Motif's rapidly expanding team, driving forward the company's business with venues, agencies, clients and other event suppliers.

On joining Light Motif, Yeomans says, "Working for such a young company was what really appealed to me. I want to make a difference and have brought with me the experience and industry knowledge to do this. I have every confidence that we will build upon Light Motif's current successes for the future."

(Jim Evans)

Sweden - Wireless lighting control manufacturer, LumenRadio, is expanding to keep up with its strong growth. The company is appointing a new CEO, Alexander Hellström and ramping up in-house development.

"Today LumenRadio is profitable and experiencing strong growth as our wireless products are becoming the preferred choice of lighting professionals. To keep up with demand and manage the continued success we are appointing Alexander Hellström as our new CEO to lead us through this next phase of growth", explains Per Hulthén, co-founder and former CEO of LumenRadio.

Hulthén transitions to a new role in the Board of Directors of LumenRadio where he will continue to lead the development of wireless control for building automation.

Alexander Hellström comes with a career spanning from senior management at Capgemini, CEO at Experis IT and CEO of Primas I

USA - DPA Inc., the U.S. branch of DPA Microphones, has announced the appointment of Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero as area sales managers for the Eastern US, Western US and Southern US/Latin America, respectively. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to general manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office.

"This announcement comes at a very exciting time for DPA Microphones' US operations," says Eric Mayer, president of DPA, Inc. "Not only does this serve as an example of how our brand recognition has expanded, but it also means that we'll be able to further grow our fan base throughout the Americas. In addition, these appointments will allow me to perform my day-to-day strategy, sales and marketing responsibilities more effectively, giving us the opportunity for even greater success. Welcome aboard, Pedro, Leonardo and Chris, and cong

Germany / USA - Lawo has appointed Karl Kussmaul as product support manager. He brings with him a wealth of pro audio and video experience from his many years in product management and support roles with Sony.

In his new post, Kussmaul will coordinate the Lawo service force in North America from his New York base, and will provide assistance to the constantly growing number of Lawo customers and installations using his advanced technical knowledge and long experience.

"I am delighted to be part of this innovative company," says Kussmaul. "Lawo's consistent focus on quality, performance and engineering of its products, combined with their dedication to creating and delivering complete solutions for customers were key factors in my decision to join Lawo."

CEO Philipp Lawo agrees, "We are very excited to have Karl join our team. His broad knowledge of t

UK - Green Hippo has two new interns who recently started to work with the company for the forthcoming year.

Over that last two years we have had two very successful Product Design internships within our Product Department, so continuing on the streak we have new intern Bella Reid, also from Brunel University, just like her two predecessors.

Bella Reid is studying Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel and has already completed the first two years of this tough degree. Bella explains: "I chose this course because it encompasses everything I love and am passionate about into a technically grounded and well rounded set of skills from drawing, graphics and practical work to programming, engineering, applied physics and human studies. You become a jack of all trades in some senses. And I decided on Green Hippo for a placement because of the family vibes. I felt I would ac

UK - Following the departures of Gareth Williams and Luke Baldry, Audient has appointed Chris Wright as its new UK market manager. After a relatively short yet successful stint in the IT industry, Wright brings a host of transferrable skills with him back to professional audio - which he describes as his "primary focus and passion".

Wright has years of freelance audio consultancy and monitor engineering experience under his belt, which along with his first class degree in Sound Engineering and Production from Birmingham City University continue to fuel that passion for audio.

"Audient has a fantastic audio heritage, with the sale of well over 500 ASP8024 consoles over the last 17 years being a solid testament to that." Wright continues, "The latest products still maintain that outstanding build and sound quality, and I am delighted to be working with A

UK - Audiologic, has made a significant addition to its team. Dave Smith has joined the company in a newly created role as business development manager. With a strong background in both the consumer electronics and music industry sectors, Dave brings a wealth of experience gained from his time with Panasonic, Micron and latterly, Sennheiser.

Andy Lewis, sales and marketing manager at Audiologic, comments, "We're genuinely delighted to welcome someone of Dave's calibre to the Audiologic family. He has a proven track record of building and developing strong commercial relationships and as we move through a period of expansion, it's clear that his skills will be applied in opening and developing new channels for the business.

"It quickly became obvious during discussions with Dave that his way is very much our way. Our ethos is based on going the extra mile to ensure th

Czech Republic - Milos Group has added Marc Hendriks to their experienced team of professionals. Marc is a well-respected expert who has enjoyed a long and successful history within the truss and support structure industry. His wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience is well-known by his peers and appreciated by countless customers across the globe. The introduction of Marc to the Milos Group team will strengthen all brands of the group and offer value added to theirworldwide customer base, says the company.

Marc will drive the tasks of ensuring efficient product development and effectively managing the product portfolio across all three brands . This includes ensuring that product lines from each brand effectively meet the needs of their customer base across all global markets. He will work closely with all Milos Group partners f or the development and execution of special

UK - Colchester-based Illuminate Design are delighted to welcome Ken Berreen to the company in the role of technical sales manager. As Illuminate continues to grow its business, Ken brings a wealth of experience to the company to allow it to further develop into new sectors and markets.

Building on its core strengths, Illuminate Design has recently made significant developments within the hire market in East Anglia, as well as the maintenance and installation work that has been part of the brand for a number years.

Ben Payne, director of Illuminate Design commented: "We are delighted to welcome Ken to the company and feel that he will be a great addition to the team. Having someone with his experience and knowledge of the lighting, sound and audio-visual markets is a great catalyst helping us continue the development of the company."

(Lee Baldock)

UK - The Theatres Trust has named Ross Anthony as its first full-time planning adviser.

This new role brings together all aspects of the Trust's planning work, including its role as a statutory consultee on theatre planning applications, the development of policies which promote and protect the social and cultural value of theatres in local and neighbourhood plans, and the protection of theatres in national planning policy.

Ross Anthony initially joined the Trust in January 2014 on a part-time basis taking responsibility for the statutory planning casework referred to the Trust by local authorities. Following the retirement of the Trust's part-time planning policy officer, in this new combined role, he also takes on responsibility for the Trust's advice on local and neighbourhood plan-making and national policy consultations.

Since 1976, The Theatres Trust's planning work ha

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