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.
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 non-executive Chairman of SpaceandPeople plc, a former non-executive director of DeltaDNA Limited and is also an executive committee member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
Helen ArnotHead of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Helen is head of the team that delivers the legal work across STV including its technology; consumer; channels and commercial businesses. She is the legal and regulatory lead in any new business initiatives of STV, whether that be the delivery of local television services across Scotland, or the creation of the STV Children's Appeal. With key experience of IP rights and IT technology deals, and in-depth knowledge of UK media regulation, Helen has successfully supported and underpinned STV's growth from its core broadcasting activity to multi platform content and ad delivery. Helen’s past experience on programme production delivered the legal work on pivotal STV programme-making such as the drama series, Taggart and Rebus, and observational factual series Club Reps. More recently she steered the legal and compliance work around STV’s news and current affairs coverage of the Scottish Referendum. Helen joined STV in 2000 from private practice, having trained with McGrigor Donald in Glasgow, and held an in-house IP role with Wm Grant & Sons Distillers. Before her law degree at Strathclyde University, she studied modern languages in Edinburgh, and spent 5 years on the operational side of broadcasting with the BBC in London, principally in Bush House with the BBC World Service.
She sits on the Privacy Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.
Suzanne BurnsHR and Communications Director
Suzanne has extensive experience in generalist HR, organisation development and strategic communications roles. This experience has been acquired across a range of industry sectors including technology and utilities; FMCG manufacturing and media supporting corporate restructuring and organisational change programmes. Prior to joining STV, Suzanne held an HR position with Allied Domecq plc and prior to that participated in a VC-backed MBO of the former technology and engineering business of Scottish Power, which was developed and grown for sale to a telecoms company. Suzanne currently sits on the UK TV Skills Strategy Committee; is a board member of Skillset Scotland and serves as a director on the Council of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
Bobby HainManaging Director, Broadcast
Bobby Hain is STV's Managing Director, Broadcast. He is responsible for the company's increasing range of consumer facing services across broadcast and digital. He was appointed to his current role in December 2010 having been responsible for the two STV Channel 3 licences in north and central Scotland since 2003. He represents STV at the ITV Network Council. Bobby has over thirty years experience in broadcasting across television, radio and online, having started as a presenter in 1981. He is a member of both the RTS and BAFTA. He is a member of the Management Board of the Industry and Parliamentary Trust and chairs the Creative Skillset Scotland Board.
Peter ReillyCommercial Director
Peter joined STV in September 2010 as Commercial Director. Peter has extensive broadcast experience, including 18 years working for ITV in commercial roles based in London and Leeds. Lead by Peter, STV's commercial division offers an innovative, multi-platform approach to advertising solutions, serviced from STV's Scottish and London offices. The commercial team has achieved significant growth by developing strong relationships with advertisers: reaching out to the business community in Scotland and to nationally-based advertisers seeking to speak directly to Scottish consumers. Peter has led the development and integration of STV's extensive digital offering into the commercial portfolio, driving significant growth in the process, and established an in-house award-winning commercial production team, STV Creative.
Richard WilliamsManaging Director, Digital
Richard joined STV in October 2018 as Managing Director of STV’s newly formed Digital division with a focus to drive growth of the STV Player. Richard has extensive digital broadcast experience and joined from UKTV where he was General Manager of UKTV Play, the successful VOD service from the multi-channel broadcaster behind channels such as Dave, Gold, Really and Drama. Prior to this, Richard held high-profile digital roles at Virgin Media, Yahoo and ITV having previously spent over 10 years at the BBC.
David MortimerManaging Director, STV Productions
David joined STV in November 2018 and provides creative and business leadership for STV Productions, one of the UK’s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.
David is a multi-award winning producer, responsible for creating and producing major hit shows including Dragons’ Den (BBC), Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (BBC), and 71 Degrees North (ITV). David joined from Tinopolis, the UK’s largest independent production group – where he was Director of Content. There, he headed up the group’s overall scripted and unscripted strategy across 13 production companies in the UK and US. Prior to this, David held high-profile roles at NBC Universal and the BBC, and established his own successful independent production company, Fever Media, which focused on entertainment and factual formats and winning commissions and format sales in the UK, US and a number of international territories.
George HarrisDirector of Operations and Delivery
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