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.
Helen ArnotLegal Director
Helen is head of the team that delivers the legal work across STV including its Broadcast, Digital and Studios businesses. She is the legal and regulatory lead in any new business initiatives of STV, whether that be platform expansion for STV Player, 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. On a day to day basis Helen steers the legal and compliance work around STV 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 Distillers. Before her law degree at Strathclyde University, she studied modern languages in Edinburgh, working for 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.
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. 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 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. He 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 current role, George is responsible for working across all areas of the business to deliver the growth strategy.
David MortimerManaging Director, STV Studios
David joined STV in November 2018 and provides creative and business leadership for STV Studios, one of the UK’s leading content businesses. His three year tenure has seen impressive growth and STV Studios winning significant commissions in both the domestic and international markets. David has also overseen STV Studios’ investment and acquisition strategy, with the group now encompassing eight in-house labels and associated production companies.
Particular creative highlights under David’s leadership have been two recent award winning dramas, Elizabeth is Missing (BBC) and The Victim (BBC), together with a new six part returnable drama for Channel 4, Screw. STV Studios recently became the first production company to win a commission from the new Channel 4 contestable fund with Murder Island, an innovative blend of unscripted and drama, creating a TV event that will hit our screens later this year.
David is a multi-award winning producer, responsible for creating and producing major hit shows including Dragons’ Den (BBC), Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (BBC), and 71 Degrees North (ITV). David joined from Tinopolis, the UK’s largest independent production group – where he was Director of Content. There, he headed up the group’s overall scripted and unscripted strategy across 13 production companies in the UK and US. Prior to this, David ran NBC Universal’s International Unscripted Group, growing the business from just 12 hours a year when he joined in 2013, to over 150 hours by the time he left in 2016, with a value of $80 million.
David had a fifteen year career at the BBC, working in roles as both a network commissioner and producer, after which he established his own successful independent production company, Fever Media, which focused on entertainment and factual formats and won commissions and format sales in the UK, US and a huge number of international territories.
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
Richard has been Managing Director of STV’s Digital division since 2018 with a focus to drive growth of STV Player.
Having revamped STV Player product suite and overseen its expansion onto Sky, Virgin and AppleTV, the emphasis has shifted towards putting Player-only content at the heart of the editorial strategy. This content strategy is enabling STV Player to expand its geographical footprint to become a UK-wide offer. STV Player is now automatically installed in every Sky, Virgin, Freeview, Youview and Freesat home across the UK.
Richard has extensive digital broadcast experience and joined from UKTV where he was General Manager of UKTV Play, the successful VOD service from the multi-channel broadcaster behind channels such as Dave, Gold, Really and Drama. Prior to this, Richard held high-profile digital roles at Virgin Media, Yahoo and ITV having previously spent over 10 years at the BBC.