Meet The Team
Martin Warden - managing director
Martin started the company in 1991 after taking voluntary redundancy from BT. His service at BT spanned some 15 years where he held a variety of positions in various departments including planning, design and engineering. Since founding the company, Martin has been directly involved in all aspects of the business and still enjoys the practical side of events from one day conferences to three week festivals. His skills and experience included rigging, qualified electrician, event planning, lighting design, sound engineering and AV specialist.
Sue started working for Hi-Lights in 1999 and takes responsibility for the administration side of the business, ensuring that invoices are sent promptly and, most importantly, that we all get paid on time. She has many other skills that she brings to the team; from her encyclopaedic knowledge of theatrical makeup to her extensive seamstress skills, she is always on hand to offer help and advice to anyone that needs it.
Simon joined the hire and sales team in April 2012. He has a wealth of knowledge relating to audio visual equipment, which he gained from his time working in sales and installations at Richer Sounds. Simon also has plenty of experience in professional audio equipment from working in recording studios and gigging with various bands over the last 13 years. In his spare time he loves writing and playing music and can often be seen dancing around in a life size bear costume.
David joined the hire and sales team in December 2013. He has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from working within the live events industry over the past several years. He has previously held positions as a Theatre Sound Technician, Freelance Sound Engineer and Production Warehouse Technician. He studied for a degree in Music Technology and Acoustics and subsequently continued his studies within Acoustics and Noise Control at postgraduate level. David is very much looking forward to the new and exciting challenges here at Hi-Lights.
Jason Fisher - warehouse supervisor
Jason joined us in May 2010 with an established background is in distribution and installation services across the retail and home entertainment industries. Jason has a variety of skills that we put to excellent use here at Hi-Lights, both in our warehouse and when working on site. When he's not dedicating his time to his work he is a keen golfer and all round sports enthusiast.
Aaron joined the team in November 2012 after successfully completing his studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has a keen interest in electronics and started building and reporting circuits as a hobbyist before seeking formal qualifications. Over the past five years he has engaged in some freelance work, fault finding and reporting consumer electronics, before joining Hi-Lights. In his spare time Arron enjoys watching football and following Newcastle United.
Ahmed Albasri - technician
Ham rejoined the team at Hi-Lights after a two year break working for Scottish and Southern Energy. Originally working for Hi-Lights whilst studying a Music Technology Diploma, he gained the knowledge and experience to work on our hire and sales desk. Currently Ham takes on the role as technician, working in both our hire and events departments and is able to draw on his experiences from Newcastle College, SSE and his previous time at Hi-Lights.
Christine joined our team in May 2012, and works part time as an office administrator. She has worked as an administrator for the past 16 years and prides herself on her organisation skills and attention to detail. Christine is new to our industry and is looking forward to the new challenges that it will bring. In her spare time Christine loves spending time with her young family and baking fairy cakes for the Hi-Lights team.
Molly Warden - company cat
An integral part of the business, Molly provides comfort, support and a means of relaxation to our proprietor. Her photograph can regularly be found on Martin's desktop but she always remains at home awaiting the return of her owner.