Pozitiv technical manager, David Barton, recently celebrated 10 years with us.
During a surprise presentation at the end of one of our Television Presenter Courses at ITV's Meridian Studios in Berkshire, David received a crystal plaque from fellow team members and Pozitiv founder, Glenn Kinsey.
David first started working on the Television Presenter Course in 1991, when it was based at the Visnews studio in West London.
"It was nothing like I expected", said David. "That first day I saw eight ordinary people walk into a television studio for the first time and eight television presenters walk out. The dedication of the Pozitiv team was incredible. At the time, this was the best television work I'd done since leaving the BBC - and from then on I was hooked! I'm proud and privileged to have been part of it".
David trained and worked as an engineer at the BBC before spending several years with Reuters. One of the best in his field, he's designed and built television studios and installations all over the world. He provides specialist technical management for much of Pozitiv's production work.
A real character on our courses, he's been responsible for ensuring the continual development of the technical quality of clients' recorded material and the technical management of our studio venues.
"David's talent and dedication has made a huge contribution to the course", said Pozitiv founder, Glenn Kinsey. "He's always looking for better ways to do things and his attention to detail is legendary. Clients are continually blown away by the technical quality of their material and that's all down to David and his crew. And, on a personal note, he's also become a very dear friend".
Business manager, Josette Winters - who's clocked up seven years with the company herself - added, "David's never missed a course in all the time I've been here. And when we get letters of thanks, David's name always comes up".
Pozitiv's, "One-Day Television Presenters Course" has helped over 300 previously novice presenters find work on-screen to date - many of them now household names.