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Jul 9, 2017

Q and A: Scott Davidson from The P.A. People

The Senior Systems Engineer at the Event Awards Event Communications Partner, The P.A. People, talks about getting diverse experience on international projects, his favourite Australian event and what Australian events say about us.

What do you do at The P.A. People?

I'm a Senior Systems Engineer. I provide project engineering support and implementation for local and international events within our Event Communications team.

Give us a little peek at your career background before your current role at The P.A. People.

I have worked at The P.A. People since I did work experience there in Year 10 at high school. I started out as a casual with the Rentals/Hire team and started working on larger events including the Opening/Closing Ceremonies for Sydney Olympics not long after. From that point my focus became the larger events and I have travelled overseas many times working on Communications at a variety of large sporting events and ceremonies.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The variety of people I meet, places I go and mastering the evolution of technology.

How would your friends and colleagues describe you?

Dedicated, trustworthy and hardworking.

What kind of events does The P.A. People typically work on?

We work on events that require all manner of communication services from large scale distributed public address systems, two-way radio fleets with 1200 hand held radios and 100 channels, through to scalable event based headset communications and surveillance systems. Australian and overseas examples are events such as the Sydney, Athens, Vancouver and London Olympics, Rugby World Cup, Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the European Games in Baku; and domestically two way radios for major events such as Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations and the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne; and the PA systems for the last 21 years of Sydney’s iconic City to Surf.

What’s your favourite event you’ve worked on with The P.A. People?

It would have to be going to Bangalore in India for a corporate event in 2006. The event had many challenges that needed to be overcome with very little by way of resource or local support – we were literally in a purpose fabricated corrugated iron shed framed with bamboo – and some 2,000 or 2,500 delegates for a full corporate presentation.

What sets The P.A. People apart from its competitors?

The company is both an independent systems integrator for permanent installations, as well as a provider of services through our events department. This means that we can source exactly what we need from our supplier base that services that need in the best fit for each specific event. The two sides of the business complement each other and enables us to provide a very integrated solution.

The P.A. People works on international events – what is the reputation of Australian event work in other countries?

Generally, Australians have a great reputation because are we easy going and easy to work with, and The P.A. People is also well known because we are one of the few companies globally that can provide special event communication services at this level.

What’s something few people would know about The P.A. People?

That we have the largest single rental inventory of ClearCom intercom systems in the world.

What’s your favourite Australian event and why?

Formula 1, Grand Prix in Melbourne. It is very interesting to watch how such a well oiled event operates. The people are very welcoming and it only takes me away from my family for a few weeks a year.

Why did you choose to work in the events industry?

I get cabin fever if I’m left in the office for too long! I love the variety - both the people I work with and locations. With each job there is a new and different challenge and I love seeing each and every event come together.

What do you think Australian events say about our culture? What makes them unique?

That’s not an easy question. I think from a back of house perspective we are generally good at what we do, and quite efficient in how we put an event together. I think it is a reflection of a can-do attitude and just getting the job done.

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