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Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, Public Sector, Private Sector, Charities

  • 30 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in broadcasting, television, advertising, media, digital media, venture capital 
  • Experience as a Nomination Committee Chair, Audit Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Governance Committee member
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Current Positions

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chairman of ITV plc and the Chairman of Lovecraft Group Ltd, a venture-backed e-commerce company. He is also a Non-Executive Director of UK Research and Innovation, and an Advisory Board member of Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ltd. Sir Peter is also Honorary Professor of Creative Industries at the University of Manchester.

Industry Knowledge

Sir Peter has over 40 years’ extensive media experience, having served as Chairman of the Arts Council England, President of the Royal Television Society, and Chairman of Endemol UK Ltd, as well as the Chief Creative Officer of Endemol, where he created successful television formats that were exploited globally. In 2017, Peter led the independent review of the creative industries for the government and outlined key recommendations for how the creative industries can underpin the UK’s future economic growth. He has a track record of successfully managing creativity in television, and tremendous knowledge and commercial experience of the global-content business, deep commercial skills with wide knowledge and understanding of the creative industries.

For 10 years Peter was on the Board of and an investor in the online market-research company YouGov.

He has also been a Non-Executive Director of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Chair of the English National Opera and Chairman of the Arts Council England.

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Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Vivienne Cox is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vallourec SA, a supplier to the energy industry, Senior Independent Director of Pearson plc, a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc and a member of the board of Stena AB. Vivienne is also Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Vice-Chair of the Said Business School, Oxford University.

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Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard Olver served as Non-Executive Chairman of BAE Systems, one of the world's largest defence contractors, from 2004 until 2014. Prior to BAE Systems he had a 30+ year career at BP in various senior leadership roles. Sir Richard is now an adviser to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC as well as to HSBC Holdings plc. In the oil and gas industry, he is a Director of Sand Hill Petroleum SA. 

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Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta is currently Chairman of WPP plc and of Smith & Nephew plc, a FTSE 100 listed global medical devices company. He is also Partner and Chairman of the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe LLC (CD&R). 

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Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates is Chairman of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc, John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust Limited and the Diversity Project Charity. She is Non-Executive Director at Alliance Trust plc, of the Worldwide Healthcare Trust and a member of the investment committees of Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd and the BBC Pension fund.

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