Rob Walker was elected to Council in 2015 where he immediately applied himself vigorously to the responsibilities of a member of the Association's governing body. In 2018 he was the unanimous choice to chair the incoming Council. The period of Rob's tenure saw some welcome expansion of AMPS activities and some difficult challenges.
As one of the first initiatives to improve diversity in AMPS and the Sound community, Rob oversaw the partnering with 'Film Powered', the networking and skill sharing organisation for professional women in the industry. Rob continues to champion diversity, having secured professional services to study and advise the best way to ensure equality of opportunity all our members.
We saw the expansion of our Awards Program to include Sound for Factual Films and Technical Excellence in Hardware or Software Audio Products. Also, in recognition of the importance of good intelligible dialogue in any storytelling media, AMPS uniquely added Key First Assistants Sound (Boom Operators) and Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editors to those honoured. Rob presented all our awards to the proud and worthy recipients.
At 2018 Media Production Show Rob chaired two interesting and informative AMPS sessions. He also wrote an expansive article in the MPSE Wavelength Publication covering the past, present and future of AMPS. Spreading the word and increasing international awareness of the Association.
One of Rob's valuable attributes is problem solving. A close investigation of the Association's finances showed the clear necessity to cut costs and increase subscription rates, both difficult items to address. Rob tackled the situation with his usual pragmatism and common sense and successfully returned AMPS to a financially secure future.
The thorny problem of Data Protection legislation arrived with far reaching implications to the organisation. Rob steered us through the complicated necessary changes needed to ensure AMPS compliance with GDPR regulations, and instigated the publication of the comprehensive AMPS Privacy Notice.
When the insidious Covid -19 pandemic hit, Rob wrote a compelling letter on behalf of AMPS to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, highlighting the problems for our members and urging access to statutory sickness pay for the self employed during the pandemic, plus income support to cover basic living costs.
All this was achieved while continuously working at his passion for creating sound and music.
For his effective and responsible leadership of Council, his diligence and invaluable contributions to AMPS, Rob Walker is awarded a Fellowship of the Association.