Every organisation needs the unsung hero who catches the spinning plates before they fall. There is very little that the ever-practical Ian cannot turn his hand to in terms of translating the artistic into reality. The further his hat moves to the back of his head the harder you know he is working out the most pragmatic way to deliver some of the most stunning design visions.
Q&A with Ian Walker
Favourite career moment to date?
During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games I was standing underneath Tower Bridge during the passage of David Beckham through the water fall curtain and the sequence of fireworks from the upper walk way of the bridge.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
All the challenges we face to bring together some of the biggest displays in the Country and working with my fellow friends/ directors and crew members plus being able to work with my two sons Ben and Adam.
What aspect do you least enjoy?
The waiting for the big moment and then waiting for the next.
Favourite project you have worked on?
It has to be The Forth Road Bridge, as a child I lived in South Queensferry and then spending most of my nine years of Naval service based nearby at H.M. Dockyard Rosyth, during this period I passed many times under the spans of the bridges on Minesweepers admiring the view, which made the prospect of working on such a massive project unbelievable and a dream come true. Then to see the show turn in to such a spectacle and a complete success made the job fulfilling to the extreme.
Favourite photo from the Titanium Firework portfolio?
My favourite photograph is the London Eye but I have to say the Forth Road Bridge is something that has a special place in my heart.
How would your colleagues describe working with you?
Challenging / last man standing – Quotes from colleagues would include! “That will do” “Can’t do that” “Let me fix it first” and “Put it on Dropbox or send it by email”.
What is one thing you absolutely will check off your “bucket” list?
Crossing the Sahara in a Series 3 Landrover and watch the sunset over the dunes.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I would like to orbit the earth from the Shuttle and see the world from the outside, because I can.
One of your proudest moments?
Holding my new born sons.