Joining us again to compere the Gala Awards Ceremony is Dave Sharpe, a Warwick resident and presenter on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. We caught up with Dave to ask him a few questions about his involvement – he’s part 2 of our interview…
During the Gala Ceremony you interview a number of the nominees. Is it ever difficult to get them to open up about what they have achieved?
The one thing that strikes me is ALL the nominees are so modest and humble. They really have to be pushed to talk about themselves (unlike me!) preferring to highlight the work of the good cause they’re involved with.
I’m fortunate to see the nominations and citations well in advance of the awards ceremony and it’s staggering to discover how much time these people give without wanting or expecting recognition. The reward for them is to know they’re making a difference to people’s lives. Often they won’t even mention the things they do behind the scenes because to them it’s no big deal. Yet when I see everything they do I wonder if they’re ever left with any time for themselves. They’re so unselfish.
One thing’s for certain, our local communities are richer for having these wonderful people in them and the awards highlight everything that’s good about our society.
We know you’re in demand as a compere for award ceremonies and corporate events, as well as working for the BBC. Tell us more about what you’ve been involved with in the last year.
I’ve travelled thousands of miles across the UK providing football commentary and reports for BBC radio. That’s my first love, but it certainly has its challenges… sitting for two hours in freezing conditions at the back of a stand, arriving home from midweek away games in the early hours of the morning, that sort of thing.
I hosted a brilliant charity event for Bovis Homes-Lend Lease in London last December. There were over 650 people at the gala dinner who raised an incredible amount of money for good causes. The venue was amazing – the Old Billingsgate Fish Market on the banks of the Thames – which has been converted in to a superb event facility.
In February I jetted off to Istanbul to emcee the 3-Day European Meeting and Events Conference, which was really interesting, particularly as the majority of people in the 400-strong audience spoke English as a second language – I had to talk a bit slower and reign in my Warwickshire accent!
It’s certainly been a very busy year for me and there’s no sign of things letting up. Recently I was in America compering the MPI World Education Congress in front of 2000 people, with some mega-guest stars to introduce and interview – a very memorable experience.
And then I come full circle – compering the 2014 Citizen of the Year Gala Ceremony. What a year, and what a way to end it.
Thanks to Dave for taking the time to do this with us, and we look forward to seeing him again at our Gala Ceremony.
The Gala Awards Ceremony is on Friday 26 September at Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School. Doors 7:00pm for a 7:30 start. Tickets are on sale now direct from the Bridge House Theatre box office, online HERE and in person at the theatre. Tickets are £12 adults, £10 concession or £5 under 16.