With over 40 years’ experience in financial and general management, I’ve been involved at director level in the Audio Visual and Broadcast Presentations business for the last 29 years.
Having started my career as an accountant, it quickly emerged that my interests lay in assisting businesses that were looking to grow or sell. It was inevitable that I would ultimately be drawn to direct involvement with one or other of the companies that crossed my desk, and in 1989 I was asked to prepare the business plans that led to the formation of Blitz Vision. I joined the business as Finance Director and progressed to Chief Executive. Since then, I’ve led a variety of companies within the industry – including: Samuelson Communications, TP Sound Services, Interactive Television, Astonics, Charter Broadcast and Cine Video, with offices in Europe, USA, Singapore and Australia. I have held the reins of the Media Powerhouse Group since 2007.
I’m a strategic thinker with strong financial acumen and experience in transforming organisational structures to maximise corporate growth and development.
Charles has been at the forefront of the Audio Visual Presentation industry for over 35 years and has been at the helm of some of the largest names in the industry including the Samuelson Group and founding Blitz Communications. In 2008 Charles was voted into AV Magazine’s top 100 influential people – he is passionate about the diverse and ever changing live events industry.
As Chairman, Charles uses his unique position on the board to champion ever higher standards of client servicing.
Alan started his career with the Samuelson group of companies back in 1985, moving onto Blitz in 1989 where he spent 18 years in both the event rental, sales and installation areas of the business. Alan started Media Powerhouse in 2007 with a colleague from Charter Broadcast concentrating initially on the systems integration market place. Media Powerhouse soon evolved to offer a comprehensive event rental service to its portfolio and has grown from strength to strength since then.
Alan has played an integral part in building the business to what it is today and has been responsible for growing an enviable client list , As Managing Director at Media Powerhouse, Alan will use his invaluable knowledge of the AV industry to move Media Powerhouse through the next stage of its growth.
Rashid has impressive financial management experience of companies working in both the media and movie industry. He was FD at Metro Broadcast and prior to that he was with Working Title Films. Rashid is in fact a bit of a celebrity with his very own credits on such films as Elizabeth (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998) and French Kiss (1995).
As Financial Director, Rashid is responsible for all the financial management and information systems for the company.
Matt originally trained at RADA and was a professional actor for several years before joining the newly-launched events crewing company Gallowglass on a freelance basis in 1996.
He rose through the company, joining its Group Board in 2012. He was tasked with managing key client relationships – ranging from the G20 Summit and the Commonwealth Games through to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics.
Matt was also a Board Director of events industry body Eventia – from 2007 up to, and beyond its merger with trade association IVCA in 2014, to form the new body, EVCOM. During these years he actively drove membership growth and assisted with Eventia’s annual awards programme.
His professional universe now covers every type of live event, from festivals to conventions, exhibitions and public events, together with the television and theatre sectors. His brief is to foster long-term relationships, ensuring the continued growth of Media Powerhouse.
Simon started his career in broadcast working as a vision engineer for both studio and outside broadcasts before moving to the world of specialised live events with Anna Valley Displays where he learnt the art of large screen & multiscreen projection. Simon then joined Pro Quip Video Wall Rentals before being sought to head up the technical and video departments at Blitz Charter Group. Simon has worked alongside the board of Media Powerhouse since its inception, where he held the position of technical director for many years. He now advises on and designs audio, video, broadcast and control systems covering all elements of the Media Powerhouse offering, and is instrumental in advising the group’s ongoing investment and infrastructure decisions.
He first worked in AV Equipment Rental when he joined Charles Beddow and the team at Blitz Vision in their very early days ultimately joining the Board. He enjoyed the challenge and developed a number of long term client relationships through his unbridled enthusiasm. His extensive experience spanning many years has ranged from small prestigious meetings to staging elaborate international events with equal care and attention at all times.
David’s wide experience within the industry has included a high-end rental and facilities business and a production and entertainment company specialising in conference, awards and gala dinners. David also ran his own company working on food, consumer electronics and automotive accounts, which included dealer communication and involvement with travel incentive programmes.
Since joining Media Powerhouse David has proved a popular and capable member of the team and has been responsible for supplying all equipment and technical input for our growing client base of creative agencies on product launches, sales meetings, award ceremonies and charity galas.
Howard began his Audio Visual career at Hammonds of Watford before joining Blitz Vision in 1991. Howard enjoys close, mutually respectful relations with many UK Production and Creative Agencies and brings a good natured and calm authority to those clients who include Haymarket, H2 and Delta Conference Services.
“Jeff started his career in AV equipment rental back in 1985 since then has had several roles with globally recognised companies. During his career, he has worked on a multitude of live events including major award shows, Motor shows & Corporate events. Jeff is probably best known for his work in supplying television productions & televised events with large screen solutions. These shows include well known productions such as: Question of Sport, BAFTA Film and TV Awards, Big Brother, Pointless, Mock the Week & QI.”
Alex studied Computer Science at Durham gaining honours and then commenced his career in the world of Theatre and Live Events at Capo Ltd. His capability was soon recognised and he has been involved with a number of high profile events some of which were as a contractor to Media Powerhouse. Those projects included 360 Degree Projection and Control for Peter Pan and the award winning Procar/ Ferrari F1 hospitality installation project.
Alex is now pleased to have become a part of the team at Media Powerhouse where he will be responsible for managing installation and rental projects as well as helping to research new and emerging technologies.
Paul is a dedicated and detailed technician, his career started at Samuelson Communications in 1991 working in the warehouse/show technician. He then joined Blitz Communications in 1998 as a video technician. In 2008 he started PSBH and has worked on many high profile projects.
Simon is an experienced technical sales manager and has been implanted in some of London’s most prestigious venues, delivering conferences, award shows, AGM’s and fashion shows. Skilled in event planning, technical support, video, lighting and production management
Paul is a technical project manager and event technician with Media Powerhouse, serving central London clients from its Woolwich office. He has many years experience in the AV industry beginning his career in 1996 at Metro Broadcast and subsequently Boxx.
Paul gets great satisfaction from seeing an initial idea come to fruition as a successful event and continues to enjoy the varied and challenging nature of the business.
Terry is a technical project manager and event technician with Media Powerhouse, serving central London clients from its Woolwich office. Terry’s long career in the industry began in 1980 when he worked for REW Video. He then went on to work with Rediffusion Business Video, Cameron Communications, JVC, Viewplan, Metro Broadcast and Boxx.
Over the years Terry has established many successful long-standing relationships with both clients and industry colleagues. He continues to maintain these and always looks forward to working on new projects and at new venues. Terry is well known for his high standards and unswerving attention to detail!
Media Powerhouse and Pixellent Display Systems have created a partnership to allow them to offer enhanced services through to existing and new customers based on the strength of their combined abilities Pixellent was formed by industry expert Matt Hassock and has been successfully providing digital signage solutions from global networks for corporate clients to giant LED screens in sports stadiums since 2006. Through this partnership Media Powerhouse is now able to offer customised content delivery systems for any application. Pixellent has a strong association with Omnivex; providers of the world’s leading digital signage platforms. The audio visual expertise of Media Powerhouse, combined with unique content solutions from Pixellent make this a formidable team.
The Media Powerhouse / Pixellent partnership has recently provided solutions for Thomson Reuters, Global Radio and Leeds Rugby.