About Us

Management Team

Simon Pitts

Chief 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 Watt

Chief 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.

Helen Arnot

Head 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.

Alistair Brown

Chief Technology and Platforms Officer

Since joining STV in 2008 Alistair has driven delivery of the Group's digital strategy, including building the product development and content teams for stv.tv, creating growth in digital audiences and expanding the company's multi-platform output with the STV Anywhere initiative. Recent success in this area includes the launch of STV Player service on a host of new platforms including YouView, iOS and Android devices, Windows 8, Samsung Smart TVs and game consoles such as PS3. Alistair joined the leadership team in early 2011 taking on responsibility for Technology across the business, including Broadcast Operations and IT. His prior experience includes general management roles at The List and scotsman.com, and the Financial Times as Head of Web Product Development.

Suzanne Burns

HR 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 Hain

Director of Channels

Bobby Hain is STV's Director of Channels. 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 Reilly

Commercial 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.

Steven Walker

Director of Corporate Development

Steven joined the leadership team in 2011 and heads up the Consumer Team including marketing, insights, creative and customer engagement. Prior to joining STV Steven held several executive management and board positions, including General Manager at The Daily Record and Sunday Mail, Managing Director at The Scotsman Publications Ltd and Managing Director, News International Scotland. Steven is an experienced senior manager who throughout his career has been at the front of new product development adapting changing technology in media to benefit customers and increase revenues.