Entec’s MD and head of lighting receives prestigious industry award.

On the evening of Monday 27th February 2017, Entec Sound & Light managing director and head of lighting Noreen O’Riordan was presented with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award at the climax of the TPi Awards 2017, at Battersea Evolution in London. It marks the first time since the event began in 2002 that the award has been given exclusively to a woman.

Traditionally the highlight of the annual TPi Awards ceremony, the Outstanding Contribution award is bestowed upon a person whose long career has been distinguished not only by achievement but also by the way they have carried themselves as a professional in an ever-changing industry.

Noreen’s award was announced by comedian host Russell Kane and presented by Luke Marler-Hausen, business development manager at Blackmagic Design, the category sponsor.

Previous recipients of the award have included industry legends Hedwig De Meyer, Claude Nobs, Bob Doyle, Mick Upton, Charlie Kail, Mick Kluzcynski, Mark Fisher and, in 2003, Entec founders Harold & Barbara Pendleton.

Witnessed by an audience of more than 1,400 guests, the presentation also featured a series of congratulatory messages on screen from a raft of industry contemporaries and artists including The Who’s singer and Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Alex James, Madness frontman Suggs, singer-songwriter Margo Buchanan, and Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens and Robbie McIntosh.

The award came as a complete surprise to Noreen, who said: “I am bursting with pride. I really had no idea that this was going to happen so from now on I’m sleeping with one eye open! My thanks go out to Andy Lenthall, TPi, Mark Cunningham, Craig Duffy, Adam Stevenson, Jonny Clark, Team Pendleton, Team Entec, Luke at Blackmagic Design and all the legends that contributed to the amazing video tribute. Big love!”

Noreen O'Riordan TPi award