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 Chairman of Barchester Healthcare Limited, the private healthcare provider, and is a non-Executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc, Segro plc and Grainger plc. 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.
Appointed to the Board in February 2007. Previously, Rob was Commercial Director of Channel 4 Television Corporation and on the main board. He achieved a dramatic turnaround of legacy businesses and built a set of successful new media and digital businesses. Rob was previously an MD of UBS Warburg and global COO of corporate finance in Media and Communications. Prior to this he was Managing Partner of Deloitte’s European Telecoms Media and Technology business and UK strategy consulting practice. Rob is a trustee of the STV Appeal charity. Rob was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of City University London in February 2012, is a Trustee of Nesta and a non-executive director of Regenersis plc.
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 GamesAnalytics Ltd, a data mining and analytics company, and SpaceandPeople plc. George is also an executive committee member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a trustee of the STV Appeal.
Appointed to the Board in February 2007, David is an experienced corporate financier and turnaround specialist and was previously Senior Partner of Deloitte LLP for Scotland & Northern Ireland and a UK Executive Board member of Deloitte LLP. He stood down recently as Chairman of Mouchel Group, having led its restructuring, and is Chairman of Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc, Co-Chairman of Martin Currie (Holdings) Limited and a non-executive director of Mithras Investment Trust plc. He was previously Chairman of Crest Nicholson plc and a non-executive director of City Inn Limited where he stood down after successfully completing the financial restructuring of these businesses, was a non-executive director of Renold plc, Superglass Holdings plc, Scottish Financial Enterprise and a Governor of The Glasgow School of Art.
Appointed to the Board in March 2007. Jamie's career spans some 40 years principally in the financial sector. He was, for eight years until his retiral in March 2013, Executive Chairman of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC, a leading private client investment manager. He was previously a non-executive director of Scottish Radio Holdings plc until its sale to EMAP plc, and a non-executive director of Maven Income and Growth VCT5 PLC from 2001 to 2013. He is a director of Scottish Financial Enterprise and he has a number of charitable interests including being a Director of The HMS Victory Preservation Company. Jamie has recently been appointed Chairman of the Beatson Cancer Charity and a non executive director of Latchways plc.
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 BBC1 and Director of Television, and as Controller of BBC2. He was previously a non executive director of EMI Group plc.
Genevieve Shore joined the Board in March 2012. Genevieve has been working in digital strategy and technology for the last seven years, most recently as the CIO and Chief Product Officer for Pearson PLC where she had responsibility for all enterprise platforms from the cloud, finance and data systems to content delivery and learning services. Previously Genevieve has held leadership roles with Pearson Group including Global Digital Director, Penguin and Group Sales Director, Penguin. Genevieve has recently become an advisory board member of Great Fridays, a digital design services company in San Francisco and non executive director of Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC.
Appointed to the Board in June 2014, Christian Woolfenden has extensive consumer marketing and digital experience. He is Global Marketing Director of Paddy Power, the betting and gaming operator. Previously Christian was Global Brand Director for Bacardi, responsible for marketing and product innovation in over 20 markets worldwide. Christian began his career at Proctor & Gamble working across key European businesses. Christian ran an award-winning not-for-profit carbon-offsetting company called Growaforest which resulted in the planting of more than 1,000 trees in his home county, Lancashire.