Lord Michael Grade - Chairman

Lord Grade has a long history in television, becoming deputy controller of entertainment programmes at London Weekend Television in 1973, before moving eleven years later to become controller of BBC One. He became BBC TV’s Director of Programmes two years later.

In 1988, Michael became chief executive at Channel 4 television bringing the hugely popular American series’ ER and Friends to British TV. He eventually left Channel 4 in 1997 and has been involved in numerous companies including First Leisure, Camelot, Pinewood Studios and Ocado.

His remarkable achievements in broadcasting were recognised by a CBE in 1998 and in 2011 he was created a life peer, as Baron Grade of Yarmouth.


Dawn Airey

Dawn Airey is CEO of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company.

Previously, Dawn was SVP, EMEA at Yahoo! Before joining Yahoo!, Dawn was President of CLT-UFA UK TV (part of RTL Group). A veteran of the media industry, Dawn had a 30 year career in television, holding senior positions with the majority of the United Kingdom’s commercial broadcasters including, Chairwoman and CEO of Channel 5; MD of Global Content at ITV; and MD, Channels and Services at BSKYB. She has also held senior posts at Channel 4.

Dawn was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Television Society in June 1998 and is a Vice-President of the RTS. Dawn is also a Senior non-executive Director of Thomas Cook Group plc.


Neil Blackley

Neil has an extensive background in media analysis, beginning his career at James Capel, before becoming a leading European Media analyst at Merrill Lynch, where he was the lead analyst on the flotation of BSkyB in 1994.

Neil Blackley is on the advisory board of Ingenious Media, who have raised and invested over $10bn in media & entertainment; a Director of World Archipelago, a Web 2.0 digital marketing agency; Director at Supadü, the SaaS website publishing platform and App toolkit, based in London and New York; and Director at iSat, a specialist in satellite ground station uplinking and downlinking.

Between 2003 and 2009, Neil was Chairman of the Media Advisory Board of Apax Partners, one of the largest and most successful private equity companies in the world, with over $30bn of investment.


Daryl Foster

Daryl Foster is the former CEO of Addison Lee PLC and still a Non-Executive Director for the company. Having grown with the company over 35 plus years, Daryl was instrumental in developing the business and managing some of the most radical technological changes in the transport industry. Daryl and his former business partner, John Griffin sold the company in 2013 to Carlyle Group for £300 million.


Dr. Johnny Hon MH, Ph.D.

Dr. Hon has an active interest in the arts - particularly film and television - as both a benefactor and investor. He was Executive Producer of China and Hong Kong's box office hit “Protégé”, starring Andy Lau and Daniel Wu, as well as Executive Producer of the George W. Bush biopic “W”, directed by Oliver Stone. Dr. Hon has also acted as Executive Producer for successful TV series, inducing “Da Ren Wu” (2006-07), one of the most successful TV drama series of its time in China, and “As Time Goes By” (2007-08), another Chinese small-screen success.

Dr. Hon has a strong business background, forming The Global Group, and became Chairman of a group of companies with offices in London, Hong Kong and China. In July 2015, was awarded the Medal of Honour (MH) from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China for his dedicated community service.


Todd Ruppert

Todd is founder and CEO of Ruppert International, a firm with activities in various areas including financial services, disruptive technologies, arts & entertainment, education, publishing, and youth development. He is a member of numerous boards and advisory boards including INSEAD business school, Duke University and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. UK firms include: Seedrs, Nutmeg, QVentures, Signia Wealth, Investments & Pensions Europe, The Royal Parks Foundation, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He is also a venture partner with Greenspring Associates, a US based venture capital firm, and executive producer of three movies and co-producer of a musical which toured in the UK.

Todd is retired director and CEO of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services, and director and co-president of T. Rowe Price International. T. Rowe Price is a global asset manager with over £500bn under management.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield is a British television presenter, currently employed by ITV. He is most recognised for presenting the lifestyle programme This Morning, which he has co-hosted since 2002 alongside Fern Britton, until her departure in 2009, and more recently with Holly Willoughby.

Phillip also currently presents All Star Mr & Mrs; the BAFTA Award winning game show The Cube; Dancing on Ice with Christine Bleakley; as well as the annual British Soap Awards and Text Santa.

Phillip is an avid user of the social networking site Twitter and has over 3.5 million followers. In 2013, Phillip began writing for the Waitrose Weekend newspaper and is the new face of wine in their UK stores.


Jon Smith

Jon Smith has 28 years of experience in the sports and entertainment arena, having founded First Artist, one of the most powerfully positioned management agencies in the industry. From its inception, First Artist represented the England national football team for a decade, was actively involved in the formation of the Premier League and proved instrumental in assisting the Sky launch in 1992.

Jon’s biggest acquisition to date was the purchase of Dewynters, a 102-year-old business, which controls 80% of theatre advertising in the West End and Broadway.