The Management Board is responsible for driving STV’s strategic priorities while managing all operational aspects of the Group. It comprises senior managers from the three divisions and key central Group functions. Learn more about our strategy and divisions.
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 2021.
Previously, Simon was on ITV’s executive board as 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 Adam Crozier and Archie Norman. 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 a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal and of pre-school literary charity Oscar’s Book Prize.
Lindsay DixonChief Financial Officer +
Lindsay qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in 2002 and after holding a number of senior finance positions across FTSE 100, 250 and large private companies was appointed to the Board in May 2019.
Lindsay joined the Group from William Grant & Sons where she held the role of Group Financial Controller having previously held a similar role at The Weir Group plc. In addition to her core financial responsibilities, she has wide ranging M&A, investor relations, debt and equity fundraising, project/change management and international experience. In her early stage career after qualifying at Deloitte, she held senior finance roles with Johnston Press plc.
Helen ArnotLegal Director +
Helen oversees delivery of legal services across the STV Group. With wide ranging 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. She is the legal and regulatory lead in STV’s initiatives and steers the legal and compliance work around STV’s news and broadcast output.
Helen joined STV in 2000 from private practice having trained in Glasgow and held an in-house role with Wm Grant & Sons. Before her law degree she studied modern languages, working for five years on the operational side of broadcasting with the BBC principally with the 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.
Bobby HainManaging Director, Broadcast +
Bobby Hain is Managing Director of Broadcast at STV Group plc, responsible for TV operations to deliver the Channel 3 licence service that includes the network schedule shared with ITV and regional programmes, primarily news and current affairs.
Bobby has over forty years of media experience across radio, television and digital. He is a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, chair of the trustees of STV’s two DB pension schemes and has fulfilled a number of board commitments in the creative sector including Scottish Youth Theatre, Creative Skillset and RTS Scotland.
George HarrisDirector of Operations and Delivery +
George is a business analyst and qualified accountant (CIMA) with extensive experience in consumer facing sectors of travel and leisure and media.
George joined STV in 1999. Prior to his assuming the role of Director of Operations and Delivery, he held the position of Group Financial Controller and Treasurer.
In his role as Director of Operations and Delivery, George is responsible for working across all areas of the business to deliver both the growth strategy and STV’s aim to be carbon net zero by 2030. He also manages the Group's property and facilities portfolio.
David MortimerManaging Director, STV Studios +
David joined STV in 2018 to provide creative and business leadership for STV Studios. His tenure has seen impressive growth with STV Studios winning significant commissions in both domestic and international markets. David has also overseen STV Studios’ investment and acquisition strategy, with the group now encompassing nine in-house labels and associated production companies.
A multi-award winning producer, David is responsible for creating and producing major hit shows including Dragons’ Den, and Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. David joined from Tinopolis where he headed up the group’s scripted and unscripted strategy. Prior to this, David ran NBC Universal’s International Unscripted Group, had a fifteen year career at the BBC, as both a network commissioner and producer, and established his own successful independent production company, Fever Media.
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 +
Having revamped STV Player’s product suite and overseen its expansion onto new platforms, the emphasis has shifted to putting Player-only content at the heart of the editorial strategy, enabling STV Player to expand its geographical footprint to become a UK-wide offer. The streaming service is now pre-installed in three quarters of the UK’s connected TV homes and is available on all major platforms, including Sky Q, Now TV, Virgin Media, Amazon Fire TV and Freeview Play.
Richard has extensive digital broadcast experience and was formerly General Manager of UKTV Play. Prior to this, Richard held high-profile digital roles at Virgin Media, Yahoo and ITV having previously spent over 10 years at the BBC.