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 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.
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.
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 Trust plc; chairman of JP Morgan Global Convertibles Income Fund Ltd and 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. 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 35 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 at Premier Oil plc, Aker ASA and Aker Energy AS and is Deputy Chair of Aker BP ASA.
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 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.