Board of Directors
Baroness Ford of CunninghameChairman
Appointed to the Board in June 2013, Margaret Ford has over 20 years experience as a non-executive Director and Chairman of private and listed companies and extensive experience of working with Government. She is currently a non-executive director of Segro plc and was previously a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc and the former chairman of both Grainger plc and Barchester Healthcare Limited. Margaret is Chairman of the Tennis Foundation and National President of the British Epilepsy Association. From 2009 to 2012, she was a member of the Olympic Board and Chairman of the Olympic Park legacy Company. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006 and sits as an Independent Peer. Margaret is Chairman of the STV Children’s Appeal and in March 2015, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Simon PittsChief Executive
Appointed to the Board in January 2018. Previously, Simon was a member of the executive board of ITV plc, holding the position of Managing Director, Online, Pay TV, Interactive & Technology. Over a 17 year career there, Simon held a range of senior roles, was one of the main architects of the company's recent transformation, and oversaw strong growth in ITV's digital businesses. Simon was also on the board of news provider ITN for 8 years, and is Vice Chair of the trustees of the Royal Television Society.
George WattChief Financial Officer
Appointed to the Board in February 2001 as Group Finance Director. George is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. He joined the Company in 1998 as Group Financial Controller and Treasurer and prior to this worked with KPMG’s audit and assurance services practice in the UK and also in the US. George is a non-executive director of DeltaDNA Limited and SpaceandPeople plc. George is also an executive committee member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal.
Michael JacksonNon-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in May 2009, Michael is an advisor, investor and director for digital and television businesses in the US and UK. Previously he was President of Programming at InterActiveCorp, the internet conglomerate, where he was responsible for overseeing the development, acquisition and distribution of content based websites. Prior to this Michael was Chairman of Universal Television Group, in charge of the creative and strategic direction of the television business. He served four years as Chief Executive Officer of Channel 4 Television, where, in addition to commissioning programmes, he refocused the channel to exploit digital opportunities and launched two new channels, FilmFour and E4. Before joining Channel 4, Michael worked as Controller of BBC One and Director of Television, and as Controller of BBC Two. He was previously a non-executive director of EMI Group plc. Michael is a nonexecutive director of Two Cities Television, an independent drama supplier and of Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, the literary agency. He is also producing “Civilisations” for the BBC and PBS.
Christian WoolfendenNon-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in June 2014, Christian has extensive operational, consumer marketing and digital experience. Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer for Lyst.com, the online fashion retailer and Managing Director for Paddy Power, the betting and gaming operator. Prior to that he was Global Brand Director for Bacardi, responsible for marketing and product innovation in over 20 markets worldwide. Christian began his career at Procter & Gamble working in both finance and marketing roles across key European businesses. Christian is a non-executive director of Rentify Ltd.
Anne Marie CannonNon-Executive Director
Appointed in November 2014, Anne Marie has over 30 years experience in the energy industry and investment banking. For the past 14 years Anne Marie was a senior advisor at Morgan Stanley specialising in international upstream mergers and acquisitions. Anne Marie has previously held financial and commercial roles with Shell UK, J Henry Schroder Wagg and Thomson North Sea and was an executive director on the boards of Hardy Oil and Gas and British Borneo. She is currently a non-executive director with Premier Oil and Aker BP ASA and Deputy Chair of nor Det norske oljeselskap.
Ian SteeleNon-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in November 2015, Ian qualified as a CA in 1980 with Arthur Young McClelland Moores. His subsequent career involved time with The British Linen Bank, Touche Ross, Rutherford Manson Dowds and Deloitte. Ian recently retired as Senior Partner for Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Prior to retiring, he had been on the UK Board of Deloitte LLP for over eight years. Ian was a Corporate Finance Advisory Partner with Deloitte and was Head of Global Advisory for some three years and has recently joined the Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Ian is a non-executive director of Killinchy Aerospace Holdings Limited, the principal trading subsidiary of which is Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited and of Iomart Group plc.
Simon MillerSenior Independent Director
Appointed to the Board in December 2016, Simon is an experienced company director and chair with exposure to a wide range of financial, commercial and manufacturing businesses in both executive and non executive roles. He is currently chairman of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC; chairman of Blackrock North American Income plc; chairman of JP Morgan Global Convertibles Income Fund Ltd and non-executive director of Scottish Friendly Assurance Limited. Simon read Law at Cambridge.