Clive Jones

Chairman, Netplay

Biography

Clive Jones is the Chairman of Netplay, the AIM listed interactive television company and Pro Cam, one of Britain’s biggest television facilities companies He also chairs Energetic Communications, the New York marketing and events company and advises S4C, the Welsh public service broadcaster. He recently completed a five year term as chairman of GMTV, Britain’s most popular breakfast television station. He is deputy chairman of the ITV Pension Fund, which has £3.5 billion under management and chairs the audit committee.

Clive is also chairman the Disasters Emergency Committee, the umbrella organisation that unites all the UK’s leading aid and humanitarian agencies, London Metropolitan University, the capital’s biggest, The Runnymede Trust, Britain’s leading diversity think tank and a visiting Professor at the School of Journalism at Cardiff University.

Until he stepped down in 2007, he was the Chief Executive of ITV News and Regions and the longest serving senior executive in ITV. During his thirty two year career in television he was Managing Director of the ITV Network, CEO of Carlton Television, Managing Director of Central Television and Managing Director of London News Network. He began his career on the news desk of Yorkshire Television after eight years as a newspaper journalist.

As a consultant he chaired the Peer Review of the UK Film Council for the DCMS and s oversaw the multi-million pound digitisation of the ITV and Channel Four newsrooms for ITN.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, he chaired Creative Skillset, the sector skills council for television, film, publishing and new media for the eight years and is now chair of its Patrons. He also sits on the board of the Young Vic Theatre, The Thompson Foundation and Legacy Trust UK, one of the main funding bodies for the Cultural Olympics.
He founded and chaired for its first two years the groundbreaking Cultural Diversity Network.

He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Television Society in 1995 and it’s Gold Medal, the Society’s highest award, in 2007. In the same year he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to broadcasting.

He is married to Vikki Heywood, the former managing director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who now chairs the Royal Society for the Arts.

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