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 has recently returned to the UK following her roles as SVP, EMEA at Yahoo! and CEO of Getty Images.

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 the media & media technology financial markets. He began his career at James Capel, became the leading European Media analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he was the lead analyst on the flotation of BSkyB in 1994, before joining Merrill Lynch as head European media & media technology analyst.

Between 2003 and 2009, Neil became 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.

Neil is currently Chairman of Simplestream, an international SaaS videostreaming technology platform for broadcasters & platforms, where he conducted the initial VC fund raise. He is also Chairman of Ingenious Estate Planning, a £300m IHT friendly ‘real assets’ fund with uninterrupted growth in NAV. Neil is also a Director of Supadü, offering SaaS website development platforms to publishers in the UK and US.


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.


Todd Ruppert

R. Todd Ruppert is the founder and CEO of Ruppert International, a firm with diversified interests globally in various fields including education, financial services, disruptive technologies, publishing, arts and entertainment, and strategy consulting. He is chairman of several firms, president of London’s Royal Parks Foundation (USA), a global ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, and board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He is a venture partner at Greenspring Associates, a US based venture capital firm with over $7.0 billion under management. He is also a senior advisor to SenaHill Partners, a FinTech merchant bank, and Motive Partners, an investment firm focused on technology businesses in the financial services sector.

Todd has 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He retired from T. Rowe Price, the global asset management firm with over
$1.0 trillion under management, where he was CEO and president of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services, co-president, T. Rowe Price International, and a member of the operating steering committee of the T. Rowe Price Group.

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.