The Team

Colin Birch
Calrec’s social communication consultant, and ‘friend’ of the company since audio was analogue …

I coordinate the site’s content, produce the podcasts, maintain the Twitter account, keep YouTube topped up with videos, and so on. These days I can mostly be found in front of a Mac with a mug of coffee or some weird herbal tea, and Spotify murmuring in the background to keep me company. If I’m not writing something for the site I’m devising clever ways for it to be found and seen by more people.

If I’m doing none of the above, I’m probably walking the dog, at the gym or having a swim, wondering when somebody will manufacture a sweat-proof / waterproof iPhone case.

Henry Bourne
“I don’t believe in difficult. Some things just take longer than others.”

That’s what I’ve been trying to convince myself recently. The things that are more fulfilling and satisfying to achieve are the ones that take the most time. The problem is, I’ve filled my life up with these things and suddenly have very little free time left!

In amongst working at Calrec, studying for my masters in DSP at QMUL, learning advanced mathematics, lecturing in Multimedia Design at LIPA or recording music, I’ll try to find the time to deafen the Calderdale wildlife with my motorbike* or deafen my neighbours with the drums. Speaking of which, Calrec are putting together a band of sorts, unlikely to be appearing in a venue near you soon.

* don’t worry, I’m an earplug aficionado. Your audio is safe with me.

Ian Cookson
Even though I am new to the Broadcast Audio Industry I have been interested in sound since the age of 8 when I first started to learn to play the guitar.  I formed my first rock band at the age of twelve and have been writing, performing and recording music ever since.

I have a background in journalism, the media industry and communications. At Calrec I organise the exhibitions, manage press releases and relations, create and maintain content on the community and corporate sites and anything else that happens to come my way.

Outside of work I can either be found playing guitar in my 8 piece soul band “The Moves” or getting slapped about a bit at the Wing Chun Kung Fu club I train with.

Kevin Emmott
For some time I have overseen all company communications, desperately trying to keep up with the phenomenal rate of technological change in our products. I am immensely proud of the fact that I have consistently pretended to know what I am talking about.

In my spare time I make cigar box guitars using vintage biscuit tins and reclaimed wood. One day I’m going to learn how to play them.