Unusual's Alan Jacobi 'honoured' by Gottelier Award win

24th September 2018

Unusual Rigging's Alan Jacobi has been awarded the prestigious Gottelier Award at PLASA 2018. Alan was nominated for the award for his work to make rigging an established profession via his contributions to the NRC accreditation scheme.

The award, named after the late lighting designer and industry commentator Tony Gottelier was launched in 2007 to recognise those who have made significant and sustained contributions  to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology. Alan was this year's recipient , having worked rigorously to raise the profile and professionalism of the rigging industry and has long recognised the need for training and education. He has been a driving force behind the NRC accreditation scheme since the very beginning in 2005 and Unusual Rigging is an Assessment Centre for the NRC.

Alan commented: "I am so very honoured, not just to be this year's recipient of the Gottelier Award, but to know how much support I have from  industry peers, friends and colleagues. They not only voted me the winner of this year's award, but have been a source of support over the years as we strive to give riggers the credit and professional respect they deserve."

He continued: "We have just made a giant step forward, having just this month won the case for having a CSCS card for members of the rigging industry to access construction sites and carry out the work they need to do. The Gottelier Award by no means signals that my work on this issue is done – there's still lots left to do and I look forward to the challenge."