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Recruitment: Hewshott welcomes aboard, Daniel Brooks

AVTE speaks to former Naval officer, 28-year-old Daniel Brooks who recently began his AV career working as project manager for Hewshott International

Hi Dan. When did you join Hewshott and what are your responsibilities?

I joined Hewshott the beginning of May this year – as a project manager. I am new to the role, so currently my main responsibility is supporting the rest of the team on existing projects for clients in various sectors such as corporate and higher education, but also very much learning on the job.

How are you finding it so far?

I love the change of pace. I am already very busy, which keeps me happy. Everyone I’ve met so far has been very happy to have me on board and have been incredibly supportive. I am learning by doing, which I have always found to be the best method for me.

Why have you chosen a career in AV?

AV as an industry has great appeal to me. I have always been fascinated by the latest technology, and already I have seen that there is a real potential for a significant ‘wow’ factor within the work we are doing. However, it is only upon starting that I have discovered that there also seems to be a thriving, positive community behind it as well, which is quite some bonus!

What was it about the role that made you apply?

I could tell straight away this was a position I would enjoy. It’s my first role as a project manager, and there is no better place to learn the ropes than a small team with nowhere to hide. This provides me with great opportunities to both work hard and learn quickly and is also proving to be both enjoyable and rewarding.

Was AV something you were interested in growing up?

When I was growing up I had always wanted to join the military – originally the RAF – and ended up joining the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer upon leaving university. I left the Royal Navy in August 2016, after complications at home helped me to decide that a life at sea was not for me.

Did you require any specific qualifications for your new role?

The only relevant qualification I currently have is a Prince2 Foundation Certification, which I studied for during my previous role. Otherwise, I believe that my selection for the role was based primarily on my past experience and the associated transferable skills and behaviours. I am fresh to both project management and the AV industry, but I hope to have tempered this by having worked as a project Administrator at the National Physical Laboratory for the last year and a half to build up some project related experience.

What’s your ambition going forward?

My ambition for the foreseeable future is simply to become a successful project manager, learning and developing through my role with Hewshott. I am already really enjoying my time with the team, and it should certainly keep me busy enough for the next few years.