Board of Directors
Appointed to the board in February 2021, Paul has over 30 years international public-company experience, mainly in the TMT sector, as a Chair, non-executive Director and senior executive, including tenures as Chief Executive of BT Wholesale and Executive Director of BT Group plc and Chief Executive of Telecom New Zealand Ltd. He is currently a non-executive Director of Tosca IOM, the holding company for TalkTalk Telecom Group, and was previously Chair of TalkTalk’s subsidiary, FibreNation Limited. Paul is also active in financial services, as a non-executive director at Computershare Ltd in Melbourne and Chair of data-analytics fintech, 9Spokes Ltd. He has held previous roles as a non-executive Director at Eircom Ireland Limited, XConnect Global Networks Ltd and Japan-based telecommunications company, eAccess Ltd.
Simon PittsChief Executive
Simon was appointed to the Board of STV in January 2018 and in May of that year set out a growth strategy to transform STV into a fully diversified media company led by digital streaming and ownership of globally valuable content. After a period of consistent growth, STV posted record financial results in 2021, emerging strongly from the pandemic. STV’s television channel remains the most popular peaktime channel in Scotland, STV Player is a fast-growing streaming service with over 4m registered users, and STV Studios is Scotland’s largest TV production company.
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 strategic transformation under Archie Norman and Adam Crozier and also oversaw strong growth in ITV’s digital businesses. Simon was on the board of international news provider ITN for 8 years and prior to ITV, worked in the European Parliament. He is Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society and a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal and of pre-school 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 Blackrock North American Income Trust plc; chairman of Hampden & Co; and was formerly a non-executive director of Scottish Friendly Assurance Limited. Simon read Law at Cambridge and is a Barrister at Law.
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 and a non-executive director of both Harbour Energy plc and 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.
Aki MandharNon-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in February 2021, Aki has built a successful executive career across the advertising, marketing and digital media sectors and is currently UK General Manager of subscription-based sports news website, The Athletic. Prior to joining The Athletic in early 2020, Aki was Chief Operating Officer of Telegraph Media Group, responsible for delivery of the strategy to transform the business from a traditional publisher model into a successful, sustainable subscription-based business. Aki was UK Managing Director of Omnicom Group Agency, OMD from 2015 until 2017 and prior to this held executive roles within WPP-owned MediaCom in the UK over a period of nine years. Aki’s early career was established with employment website Monster.com from 1999 until 2006 where she rose to become General Manager.