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Ayrton appoints design, training and business development engineer

Briony Berning has been appointed as Ayrton's new design, training and business development engineer. UK born, she spent her formative years in France and is bilingual

Ayrton has appointed Briony Berning as its new design, training and business development engineer as part of the continuing expansion of its international team. The appointment takes place with immediate effect.

Berning’s multi-faceted role will be to formalise Ayrton’s product training on fixtures, key technologies and developments to the markets and its global network of distributors. Alongside this she will develop the theatre markets on a global scale, paying close attention to the specific needs of these sectors and the relevance of Ayrton products within them.

Finally, she will maintain a close relationship with her specialism, the theatre market, to keep abreast of developing trends and technologies and ensure Ayrton product development continues to answer these needs.

UK-born, yet spending her formative years in France, Berning is fluent in French and has spent her entire professional working life in the performance lighting sector, specifically theatre lighting. She returned to the UK to study at the University of Glasgow, becoming the first technical apprentice at the National Theatre of Scotland in 2009 before moving to Scottish Opera, and then to the National Theatre for nearly a decade.

“I am so excited to be joining the Ayrton team in this role,” said Berning, who previously held the position of key account manager at Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton’s exclusive UK distributor, for four years.

She added: “During my time at Ambersphere I felt myself becoming more and more curious about the technical details and creative ecosystem of product development. I discovered this aspect was now closest to my heart, which in turn determined my move to Ayrton. I feel this role is perfect for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Michael Althaus, global sales director, Ayrton, commented: “We are excited to welcome Briony to this new role at Ayrton. Growth comes with many challenges and with Briony we found the perfect asset with a wealth of experience in theatre, training and engineering. So glad we can continue to strengthen our growing family with talent and passion.”