Board of Directors
Baroness Ford of CunninghameChairman
Appointed to the board in 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 NewRiver REIT plc and was previously a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc and Segro plc and the former chairman of Grainger plc, May Gurney plc and Barchester Healthcare Limited. Margaret is a trustee of the British Olympic Association 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 and, as Director of Strategy, was one of the main architects of the company’s transformation under Archie Norman and Adam Crozier and also oversaw strong growth in ITV’s digital businesses. Simon was also on the board of news provider ITN for 8 years and prior to ITV, worked in the European Parliament. He is Vice Chair of the trustees of the Royal Television Society and a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal and literary charity Oscar’s Book Prize.
Lindsay DixonChief Financial Officer
Appointed to the Board in May 2019, Lindsay is a Chartered Accountant with extensive commercial experience gained across a range of sectors covering the FTSE 100, 250 and large private companies. Previously, Lindsay held the role of Group Financial Controller at William Grant & Sons Limited. Prior to this, she was Group Financial Controller of The Weir Group plc. In addition to her core financial responsibilities she has wide ranging M&A, investor relations and international experience. In her early stage career after qualifying at Deloitte, she held senior finance roles with Johnston Press plc.
Simon MillerSenior Independent Director
Appointed to the Board in December 2016, Simon is an experienced director and chair with exposure to a wide range of financial, commercial and manufacturing businesses, holding both executive and non-executive roles. He is currently chairman of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC; chairman of Blackrock North American Income Trust plc and was formerly a non-executive director of Scottish Friendly Assurance Limited. Simon read Law at Cambridge and is a Barrister at Law.
Christian WoolfendenNon-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in June 2014, Christian has extensive operational, consumer marketing and digital experience. Christian was formerly CEO of Photobox Group. Previously, he was CMO for Lyst.com and Managing Director of Paddy Power and prior to that has held both finance and marketing roles across key European businesses.
Anne Marie CannonNon-Executive Director
Appointed in November 2014, Anne Marie has over 35 years’ experience in the energy industry and investment banking and is an experienced director, holding executive and non-executive roles. She is currently Deputy Chair at Aker BP ASA, Senior Independent Director at Premier Oil plc and a non-executive director at Aker Energy AS. In addition, she is a Senior Advisor in the Strategic Advisory business at PJT Partners. Anne Marie was previously a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley focused on M&A and has also held financial and commercial roles at Shell UK, Schroder Wagg and Thomson North Sea, as well as executive director positions on the boards of Hardy Oil and Gas and British Borneo.
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 retired as Senior Partner for Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2015 and prior to retiring, 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. He is on the Advisory Board of Visible Capital and is Chairman of Iomart Group plc.
David BerggNon-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in May 2018, David has worked in the broadcasting industry for over 30 years – at ITV, the BBC, Sky, TV-am and Channel Five. David started his broadcasting career in a number of ITV regional audience research teams (including Grampian Television in the late 1980s), before moving into marketing and programme acquisition roles and then embarking on a succession of senior scheduling positions. David was Director of Programme Strategy at ITV for 20 years from 1997 to 2017. He retains extensive contacts at senior levels in the broadcasting and programme production sectors in the UK and USA.