CEO, STV Group PLC & Trustee, NESTA
Rob Woodward was appointed to the STV Group plc Board as Chief Executive in 2007 where he has led the turnaround of the company. STV is now Scotland’s leading digital media company providing an array of STV branded services to consumers across Scotland as well as STV Productions which makes programming for leading broadcasters in the UK and other markets. STV has recently added STV Glasgow to its portfolio and will launch STV Edinburgh in January 2015.
Previously Rob served as Commercial Director of Channel 4 Television. He was an executive member of the Channel 4 Corporation Board and responsible for Channel 4’s commercial wellbeing. Included in his responsibilities was the management of the portfolio of commercial businesses in 4 Ventures. These businesses included digital channels such as E4 and Film Four, New Media Services and Rights Exploitation. During his tenure, Rob developed and executed a commercial strategy for Channel 4, which has positioned the Corporation at the forefront of digital media. He transformed the performance of Channel 4’s commercial businesses from heavily loss making to significant profitability.
Prior to joining Channel 4, Rob was a Managing Director at UBS Corporate Finance where he worked in both London and New York. Before this, Rob was the Managing Partner of Braxton UK, the strategy consulting practice of Deloitte. He also led Deloitte Consulting’s European Telecommunication Media and Telecommunications group. He has specialised in advising TMT companies on strategic and corporate finance issues for the past 20 years.
He is the Pro-Chancellor at City University London, serves as a non executive director on the Board of Regenersis plc and on the Board of Trustees of Nesta.
He has a BSc Hons from Durham University and an MBA from Edinburgh University.
President of Murray Edwards College
Founder, The Lighthouse Company
The Governor of the Bank of England
Life Peer & Former Chairman of Marks and Spencer
General Secretary, NASUWT
Chief Executive of Ofcom