Managing Director, avp Group
Passion for AV has always been a driving force in my life and in 1993, I founded avp with the vision of becoming an industry-leading residential and commercial automation company. The business has grown from strength to strength over the last 25 years and I’ve had the great pleasure of working on a plethora of career-defining projects. Whether installing state-of-the-art, automated home and conference systems at an ancient priory and vineyard in Provence which was being renovated into a luxury private estate; transforming over 100 basements; fully automating a boutique hotel in Switzerland and even kitting out a barge where all the furniture was secured to the floor, the variety of technical scale and scope of each and every design is what excites me. My role is to meet with clients, understand their vision and make recommendations about the best way to enhance their space and lives with state-of-the-art automated systems, including Audio Visual, Lighting design and Security.
From a young age, I was always interested in electronics and spent most of my free time taking things apart. After studying Electronic Engineering, I built a business based on wiring radios and stereos into cars before they came as standard. In 1983, I fitted the first Blaupunkt Satellite Navigation system into a Honda on a visit to their Swindon plant. In the early 90’s, I started working with architects to install AV systems into residential properties. As the business grew and became more successful we branched out into commercial installations.
I love it when a client presents us with an exceptionally exciting challenge. One particular project that springs to mind was sourcing a bespoke TV elevation lift from the United States and positioning it beneath a stone floor which could be raised and lowered as required so as not to obscure the view of the garden through a floor to ceiling glass wall. Or navigating the ultimate challenge of writing bespoke software when faced with a design requiring integration software that doesn’t exist.
I have a real passion for automation and evolving industry-leading innovative technical solutions. For me, the most exciting part of the job is sharing the endless possibilities of an automated space with a client and then turning it into an extraordinary reality, outperforming expectations and delivering their dream.