Elected by shareholders, the Board is responsible for managing STV Group plc, agreeing the strategy, setting the culture and values of the business, overseeing long-term sustainable success, and overseeing performance while discharging governance and legal responsibilities.
Paul ReynoldsChair +
Appointed to the board in February 2021, Paul has over 30 years international public-company experience as a chairman, 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 Chairman at Computershare (Australia) Ltd in Melbourne and a Non-Executive Director of Tosca IOM Ltd, the holding company of TalkTalk Telecom Group.
He has held previous roles as Chairman of data analytics fintech, 9 Spokes Ltd and as Non-Executive Director at Eircom Ireland Limited, XConnect Global Networks Ltd and Japan-based telecommunications company, eAccess Ltd. Paul is Chairman of the STV Children’s Appeal.
Simon PittsChief Executive +
Appointed to the Board in January 2018, Simon set out a growth strategy to transform STV into a digital streaming and IP-led media business. After a period of consistent growth, STV posted record financial results in 2022.
Previously, Simon was on ITV’s executive board as Managing Director, Online, Pay TV, Interactive & Technology. Over a 17-year career there, he 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. Simon was on the board of ITN for eight years and prior to ITV, worked in the European Parliament.
He is Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society and 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 and prior to that 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. Lindsay qualified with Deloitte in 2002.
Simon MillerSenior Independent Director +
Appointed to the Board in December 2016, Simon is an experienced non-executive director and chairman with exposure to a wide range of financial, commercial and manufacturing businesses. Simon is Chairman of Hampden & Co, private bankers, and Bankers Investment Trust. Simon was formerly Chairman of Blackrock Sustainable American Income Trust and Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC and a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Friendly Assurance Limited. Simon read Law at Cambridge and is a Barrister at Law.
Ian SteeleNon-Executive Director +
Appointed to the Board in November 2015, Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant 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 three years. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director of Continuum Advisory Partners and he was formerly Chairman of Iomart Group plc. Ian is a member of the Constitutional Panel of ICAS.
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.
He started his career in several ITV regional audience research teams (including Grampian Television), 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 and retains extensive contacts at senor levels in the broadcast 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 General Manager, International of the sports media company, The Athletic, which was successfully acquired by The New York Times in 2022.
Prior to joining The Athletic in early 2020 to establish the soccer arm of the business, she 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 MediaCom over a period of nine years.
Naomi ClimerNon-Executive Director +
Appointed to the Board in May 2023, Naomi has had a successful career in broadcast, media, engineering and technology, which includes a period as President of Sony’s Media Cloud Services, based in California. Prior to this, Naomi was Vice President of Sony’s European Professional Services division, covering diverse markets including media, broadcast, cinema, sports, security and healthcare.
Her career began at the BBC, where she trained as an engineer and later became Controller of Technology at BBC News. Before joining Sony in 2002, Naomi was Director of Technical Operations at ITV Digital. She has been featured in a number of prominent lists, including the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Influential Women in UK Engineering in 2016, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the engineering profession in the 2018 Birthday Honours List.