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Meet the team

Peter Roe MIET MInstSCVE
Managing Director

Peter has worked in multimedia technology for many years, including fixed & mobile telecoms, data networks, audio, data and video transmission, hardware & software design and on radio systems. As a senior consultant to Ericsson UK he was responsible for strategic development for multimedia over mobile telecoms.

Ken Starnes
Business Manager

With many years' experience in IT and facilities management, Ken is the backbone of our office operation. He deals with our accounts, purchasing and manages our IT systems and warehouse. His broad range of skills enables the team to operate smoothly and provide our clients with high quality service.

Ian Chisnall BSc
Account Manager

After working as an electronics engineer Ian made a transition to people based & organisational roles. He has extensive experience of working with charities and public sector organisations. Ian joined Ashdown in 2009 to develop new business opportunities and strengthen relationships with our existing customers.

Fran Pickett
Project Co-ordinator

Fran is one of the newest members of our team, and she is the person who often answers the phone first. She works closely with Ben Cottingham to ensure we send the right people to the right locations to carry out the work for our clients on time.

Mark Faulks BSc(hons) MBCS MInstSCVE
Software Developer

Mark has extensive experience of programming AMX and Crestron control systems and he is an Extron Certified Authorised Programmer. He has previously developed databases and intranet systems and helped to provide network and systems administration in a mixed Windows/Linux environment. Mark also has experience of operating large scale video systems at live events.

Bryan Green
Mechanical Engineer

Bryan was a mechanical designer for Feedback Instruments for 35 years. He has brought his skill in electro-mechanics, robotics, pneumatics and hydraulics to our well equipped workshop, designing bespoke mechanisms for deploying hidden screens and a range of other mechanical challenges. He also builds steam trains for general consumption.

Ben Cottingham TechInstSCVE
Operations Manager

Ben previously worked in retail sales of Audio Visual equipment and on the AV team at Chessington World of Adventures. He joined Ashdown AV as a trainee installer and is now our operations manager, overseeing our project management along with Fran and Ben also designs a number of our schemes and carries out some of our installation work.

Mark Willetts TechInstSCVE
Senior AV Engineer

Mark's first job was making prototype printed circuit boards for clients including MoD and NASA. He is a qualified electrician who worked as a project manager on a number of high-profile projects before joining Ashdown. He has 25 years experience as an electrical and AV installer. Outside of work Mark is an active member of the musical team at his local church.

Liam Pickett TechInstSCVE
AV Engineer

Liam studied music production before joining Ashdown AV as one of our installation engineers. Along with his professional expertise, Liam is a member of a number of local bands so brings his hobby to work on a regular basis.

Ben Knight
AV Technician

Ben previously worked as a manager for a well known retailer of electronic goods (described as Your No.1 Choice for Electronics). Ben lives in Eastbourne and he is the technician who is the senior person in the maintenance provision for one of our local Universities.

Tom Knight
AV Technician

Tom lives in Eastbourne where he is a member of a local band.

John Bidwell
Trainee AV Technician

John is one of our maintenance team techinicians, he is based in Brighton.

Pete Barnikel
Trainee AV Technician

Pete is one of our recent employees, he is one of our maintenance workers and based in Eastbourne.

Pete Shaddick
Trainee AV Technician

Peter is a keen sound engineer in his local church where he helped install a new sound and visual system and did a great job, Peter is passionate about movies and music and when he is not working he enjoys rock climbing or woodworking in his workshop, Peter joined our team in the fall of 2019.

About Us

shutterstock_97819241Ashdown AV is a dynamic audio-visual engineering company with a highly experienced team of designers and engineers, primarily focused on developing technical competence and building long-term relationships with our clients. Every one of our workers has an engineering background or is training in an engineering discipline. We are strongly committed to maintaining a caring, listening attitude towards our clients and the skilful application of appropriate technology.

Our skill set includes sound, vision, lighting, IT (hardware and software), radio, electrical and mechanical engineering, and we enjoy the challenge of building systems around real people using the best technology available.

We principally work in the South East region of England including Greater London. We have a diverse customer base including small, medium and large companies, schools, colleges, universities, churches and other organisations.

Our History


Ashdown AV is the trading name of Ashdown Consultant Engineers Ltd, which was formed in 1987. The original focus was on system design and consultancy, with a growing hire department covering high quality audio, lighting and video for live events. Today, the major part of the business is Audio Visual installation, which has been increasing steadily since the acquisition in 2003 of the installation business of Modern AV.

We have assembled an experienced team of engineers, with skills and levels of competence not usually found in smaller companies. All of our staff delight in a high standard of workmanship and we are motivated by really good relationships with our customers. This demands that all of our systems are fit for purpose, easy to operate and well supported.

In 2015 we were certified with ISO9001 status. This places a significant level of responsibility on the company to plan well and deliver as planned. We continue to press for improvements in the way the business is run. If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

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