Jasmine ‘lights’ up the national stage

Lighting engineer, Jasmine Benson, blazed a trail of outstanding success in her studies last year gaining an A* in her Lighting Industry Academy (LIA) certification. This was followed by a shortlisting in the Outstanding Student of The Year category in the Lighting Industry Awards (LIA).

It has been a whirlwind 12 months, starting when I joined 15 other people from across the country last April. I travelled to Telford, in the Midlands, for a week and learnt a great deal more about lighting application and design for differing working spaces. As well as classroom based learning, I was tasked with lighting a building layout via manual calculations instead of using software, so as to get the light levels I desired.

I achieved an A* but thought nothing more of it until a month ago when an email arrived to say that I had been shortlisted in the category of Outstanding Student of The Year in the Lighting Industry Awards (LIA).

It was a really proud moment and one which I got to share with the lighting design team here at Park.

On Thursday 2 May, myself, lighting design manager – key accounts, Karl Snowdon, specialist services, sales director, Simon Mooney, lighting design – technical manager, Paul Watson and lighting engineer, Craig Leighton, all travelled to London for the awards ceremony held at the very impressive venue of Drapers’ Hall.

The day was fantastic and there were a range of impressive speakers and it was a chance for me to not only represent Park but to fly the flag for North East talent.

I came second place and was delighted with this. We spent an enjoyable day in London and it was a chance to step away from our day-to-day role and celebrate a real team effort.

I would not have been nominated had it not been for the backing and support of the lighting design team. In particular, Karl Snowdon, who appointed me and has taken the time to pass on his knowledge and develop my skill-set.

Going forward, I would like to continue my studies with an advanced LIA course but I think I will enjoy not studying for a little while, yet!