The IBC Board

IBC is run by the industry, for the industry. Six leading international bodies are the partners behind IBC, representing both exhibitors and visitors. Their insights ensure that the annual convention is always relevant, comprehensive and timely. It is with their support that IBC remains the leading international forum for everyone involved in content creation, management and delivery. IBC’s Board is formed by the leaders of these international bodies and hold extensive experience across the industry.

Tim Richards, Chairman, IBC


Tim Richards is Chairman of the IBC Partnership Board and a Partner in the business improvement consultancy Ravensbeck, specialising in the TMT industry. Tim works in all major geographic territories helping clients build, operate and transform media businesses and has a highly successful track record of creating long-term value for clients. He is an acknowledged world expert on digital media operations and business practices. As such, he is extremely well connected across the industry, with thought leaders, vendors and media companies.

In the past he has worked directly in the media, including 10 years as Executive Vice President for Walt Disney Television International and 3 years as COO for the international Hallmark television business. Tim started his career as a freelance photographer and independent producer, and has subsequently worked around the world in operational, management and consulting roles.



As Chief Executive, Peter’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of the association’s strategies; representing our members at executive level to organizations around the world and overseeing the smooth running of the IABM. Together with the whole team, Peter is focused on establishing the IABM as the authoritative voice of the industry.

Originally Peter qualified as an accountant and before joining IABM he enjoyed a long career as the FD and then CEO of many complex organizations across a number of sectors including, printing and graphics, direct response and direct marketing, high tech capital equipment manufacturing and nursery products design, manufacturing and retail. He has also been a tutor at the Leadership Trust, a consultant in lean manufacturing, best practice and Kaizen and Chair of PE backed businesses.



Bill Hayes has worked in broadcasting, in both radio and television, since 1973. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications in 1977. With extensive experience in planning, designing and constructing television stations, Bill is currently responsible for the planning and development of all technology projects at Iowa Public Television including RF transmission and studio origination facilities throughout the state. Active in future broadcast planning nationally and internationally, Bill serves on a number of committees developing standards for emerging media technologies and the next generation of terrestrial digital television.

A Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, he currently serves as the Central Regional Governor. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and currently serves as the president of the Broadcast Technology Society. He was honored by the Society of Broadcast Engineers as their Educator of the Year in 2007 for his work educating the industry and the public regarding digital television. He is also a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.

Giles Grant, IET


Giles joined the IET with 28 years global experience of the information solutions industry. Latterly he was with Springer Nature, where he was Vice President Global Marketing for the Nature Research Group.

Prior to Springer Nature he was with Pearson for 3 years, as Senior Vice President for the global English Language Teaching & Assessment business and Senior Vice President Pearson English Global Marketing promoting Pearson's Global Scale of English, Pearson English Business Solutions & Wall Street English.

Giles came to Pearson from Thomson Reuters, where as Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development he worked on driving global acquisitions, business unit management and expansion into Asia, Africa & Latin America. Before this he was at Incisive Media, as both Group Managing Director for Digital Strategy & Development, and Managing Director for the Interactive Marketing Division, across both B2B and B2C brands.

In 1999 he joined the board of BSI Group as Managing Director to transform BSI's content assets into a successful information solutions business. During the 1990's he held senior general management and marketing positions at Reed Elsevier, working in the UK, US and Asia Pacific. Prior to Reed Elsevier he worked for Laura Ashley in financial planning & analysis and RAC Motoring Services in commercial and corporate development.

Giles graduated with a joint honours degree in History & Geography, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He trained in accountancy (CIMA) & management (DMS), and was awarded an MBA in Marketing & International Business from Bradford/NIMBAS. He holds Fellowships from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing and the Institute of Directors.



Theresa Wise is Chief Executive of the Royal Television Society – Britain’s leading forum for television and related media.

Prior to this Theresa Wise founded T Wise Consulting Ltd which provided strategic advice to media, telecoms and technology clients (UK and internationally). Her clients included international cable operators, television (pay and FTA) and digital organisations as well as an English Premier League football club, Abu Dhabi Media and IBC. She published articles focused on areas such as connected television and social media valuations as well as being called on to comment on media and comms company deals and results by the BBC, Sky and CNBC.

Previously, Theresa was at The Walt Disney Company where she was Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role, Theresa led TWDC’s evaluation and execution of acquisition transactions in the EMEA region across all of The Walt Disney Company businesses. Theresa was also seconded to corporate HQ in LA where she worked on the annual five-year plan process for the whole company and presented to the main Board at Bob Iger’s annual Board retreat.

Theresa joined Disney from Accenture where she was Partner in the Media and Entertainment practice. 

Previously, Theresa served in strategy, marketing and sales roles for Deloitte Consulting, BT, British Aerospace Communications and British Satellite Broadcasting.

Ms. Wise graduated from Oxford University and received her M.B.A. from London Business School.



Barbara Lange joined SMPTE in January 2010 as Executive Director. She is responsible for executing the Board of Governors’ strategic vision to increase the Society’s visibility and relevance in an ever-changing media ecosystem. The Society focuses on three pillars of activity in Standards, Membership, and Education and the various programs within each. Her highlights include seeing strong membership growth; successfully launching the Society’s first digital library of its complete intellectual property back to 1916; adding conference events in Europe; publishing an increasing numbers of Standards; overseeing the establishment of the newest Sections in India, UK, and within the US while elevating the UK Section to Region status.

Ms. Lange has successfully established the Society’s Next Century fundraising effort that has already generated more than $1.8 million towards a $4 million goal. With SMPTE’s consolidation with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) in late 2015, Ms. Lange added to her portfolio as Executive Director of this trade association that focuses on the creative, business and technology concerns of the media ecosystem.

Prior to joining SMPTE, Ms. Lange developed a product management focus as a scholarly publishing executive, often speaking at industry conferences. She spent her career at the world’s largest technical association, IEEE, and the German scholarly publisher, Springer-Verlag. Ms. Lange holds Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and German from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA and completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.


Dr Roger Blakeway FIET, FSCTE, C.Eng

Roger holds a Doctorate in Electron Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK. After an early career in Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits, he became a systems engineer and consultant.

Rogers’s career in cable started in the early 1980s; he had previously been working on low-light TV and Thermal Imaging with the MoD. His first job was as Technical Director with Racal-Oak, a partnership between Racal in the UK and Oak Industries, designed to bring broadband cable technology to the UK.

In 1985, Roger joined Westminster Cable in London as COO and in 1990 joined Videotron as VP of Corporate Engineering. After a short spell with DIVA as VP Operations Europe, from 1999 to 2001, he decided to devote his whole time to running the SCTE.

Roger was the elected President of the SCTE (the Society for Broadband Professionals) from 1992 to 2015. He now acts as its Chief Executive. He represents the SCTE on the Board of the IBC Amsterdam Partnership and has twice served as the IBC Chairman of Audit and Finance. Roger is also involved in the European and Worldwide Standards scene as Chairman of the UK National Cable Standards Committee.

Roger is a member of the illustrious US Cable TV Pioneers club has appeared twice on the Euro Top 50 list of industry leaders.