A powerful new partnership for the AV services industry

A dynamic new partnership has been forged between two, high profile audio visual services organisations: Media Powerhouse and Staging Connections.

The Creative Powerhouse Partnership is a powerful new force within the industry, offering an improved and greatly expanded service to its customers.
The partnership aims to provide Audio Visual Services to the Event Industry whether it be Live, Virtual or Hybrid together with, AV Systems integration, and large format graphics.

Going forward, customers will benefit from a greater depth of knowledge and expertise, and gain access to a wider range of equipment for sale and hire.  
They will also enjoy the cost benefits that will result from the partnership’s enhanced buying power.

Experience and emerging talent

The board of the Creative Powerhouse Partnership consists of: 
Michael Breen – Executive Chairman 
Alan MacDonald – Managing Director
Ray Sappal (Visual Systems Sales)
Rashid Chinchanwala (Media Powerhouse) – Finance Director

This highly experienced board and management team is supported by some of the best and brightest young talent in the industry today.

Who we are

Michael Breen - Chairman

Michael has been involved at Director level in the Audio Visual and Broadcast Presentations business for the last 31 years.

Having started his career as an accountant, it quickly emerged that his interests lay in assisting businesses that were looking to grow or sell. It was inevitable that he would ultimately be drawn to direct involvement with one or other of the companies that crossed his desk, and so in 1989 he was asked to prepare the business plans that led to the formation of Blitz Communications, a business that he joined as Finance Director.

In 1996 Michael oversaw the process of selling Blitz Communications to Visual Action Holdings PLC at which time he became Chief Executive and took responsibility for a number of associated companies including Samuelson Communications, TP Sound Services, Interactive Television, Astonics, Charter Broadcast and Cine Video, with offices in Europe, USA, Singapore and Australia. In 2003 Blitz Charter Group Ltd was formed and became the Holding Company for those Companies that he had responsibility for.  Michael has held the reins of the Media Powerhouse Group since its formation in 2007.

Professional Bodies.

Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants

Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants

Fellow of the Institute of Directors

Alan McDonald - Group Director

Alan started his career with the Samuelson group of companies back in 1985, moving onto Blitz in 1989 where he spent 18 years in both the event rental, sales and installation areas of the business. Alan started Media Powerhouse in 2007 with a colleague from Charter Broadcast concentrating initially on the systems integration market place. Media Powerhouse soon evolved to offer a comprehensive event rental service to its portfolio and has grown from strength to strength since then.

Alan has played an integral part in building the business to what it is today and has been responsible for growing an enviable client list , As Managing Director at Media Powerhouse, Alan will use his invaluable knowledge of the AV industry to move Media Powerhouse through the next stage of its growth.

Rashid Chinchanwala - Finance director

Rashid is a founding member in the Media Powerhouse group and its Finance Director. An engineering graduate from Imperial College, London, he originally gained his ACA qualification with Price Waterhouse before forging a career in media, working in sectors as diverse as video duplication, film & TV production, market research, CGI and audio visual services.

In 2006, Rashid met Michael Breen and Alan MacDonald when Blitz Charter had a requirement for an interim Finance Director. It soon became clear that they would form some very good and trusted working relationships and when the opportunity came to start a new AV business in 2007, he jumped at the chance to get involved from the start.

Rashid is responsible for Finance, Administration, IT and HR across the group and has a team of 5 reporting into him. He manages all relationships with financiers, IT and professional advisers and works closely with colleagues to improve profitability and manage cashflow. Outside of work, he is a keen golfer and sports lover and was recently appointed to Chair of Governors for a prep school.

Professional Bodies.

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales