Since starting work with Anagram in 2008 as a Junior AV Technician, Dave Barton has moved his way up through the ranks, becoming Hawthorn’s new Group Head of Video in April this year.

In his new position, Dave oversees the video departments across all three of our sites. From crewing and kit specifications to budgeting and overseeing Hawthorn’s investment in the best new technology, Dave is our go-to guy for all things video!

We caught up with him during some rare downtime to talk about the world of AV and his latest promotion…

You’ve been in your current position for a few months now, what’s it like to be Hawthorn’s new Group Head of Video?

I’ve worked my way up through the company over the last 8 years, constantly building up my knowledge and experience, so to become Group Head of our Video Department was an amazing achievement for me. We have a brilliant bunch of experts in the video team so it’s amazing to be heading them up and have the opportunity to continue developing the department, making sure we’re able to keep providing the very best kit for our clients.

So what’s the best thing about what you do?

Well, I’m one of those very fortunate people who can honestly say that I love my job so it’s hard to pinpoint just one thing. I’d probably say the best bit though has to be the variety! It’s great to work on so many amazing, and often very different, events working with a range of fab clients. No two days are ever the same and I can go from working on-site at an event one day, to meeting with brands to talk about what innovative kit we can add to our inventory the next.

What’s been a particular highlight for you over the past 12 months?

It has to be working with event agency Taylor Bennett Partners on the Adobe Summit EMEA 2016 that took place at ExCeL London in May. It’s the biggest project I’ve worked on and it took months of intensive planning. There are so many different aspects to the Summit as it’s essentially a conference, an exhibition, and a massive party, all rolled into one two-day event.

We created a five-projector blend for the screen in the main plenary that measured a whopping 47.6m and displayed over 13 million pixels. It’s a huge task so seeing this playing out content from impressive brands such as Aston Martin and NFL was a stand-out moment for me.

During your time with Hawthorn you’ve worked on a huge variety of events, what’s your favorite?

I love working on the May Ball events that we do with the University of Cambridge. They are such prestigious occasions and are long-standing traditions of the Colleges, dating back over a hundred years. This year we worked on the Trinity College and St John’s College May Balls, both of which were incredible events with a huge variety of different temporary venues. The setting, nestled in amongst the historical College buildings, is stunning and there’s always an amazing atmosphere on the evening which makes it such a great event to work on!

So what kind of stuff do you like getting up to when you’re not at work?

During our busy periods we’re often going straight from one job to another, so when I’m not working I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, especially my young daughter. I also have a boxer dog called Maddie so it’s great to get out in the countryside with her. I’m definitely a country boy so love to spend my free time outdoors in the fresh air.

I’m also a huge petrol head so you can often find me messing around with anything that has an engine.