The Board: Zinc Media Group plc has four board members, of whom one is Chairman, one executive and two non-executives. The board formally meets around six times a year, as well as numerous informal discussions.
Chairman: Peter Bertram
Peter is currently Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Microgen plc. He was previously Chairman of Alphameric plc, AttentiV Systems Group plc and Phoenix IT Group plc and also a Non-Executive Director of Anite plc and Psion plc. Peter was Chief Executive of Azlan Group plc from 1998 until its takeover in 2003. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chief Financial Officer: David Galan
David joined Zinc Media Group in January 2016. David has previously worked as a CFO in the early stage technology sector and also with medium-sized businesses. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in London, he went on to work in investment banking with Teather & Greenwood, specialising in corporate finance and small cap IPOs. Since 2004, David has held various CFO and CEO roles, including with Picklive, the award winning online gaming start-up. During 2015, David held an interim finance role with Casual Dining Group, the owner and operator of Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Belgo restaurant brands, where he managed the integration of the acquisitions of Las Iguanas and La Tasca.
Non-Executive Director: Luke Johnson
Luke Johnson is the Chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP. He is Chairman and part-owner of Patisserie Holdings plc and Bread Ltd. He is also Chairman and majority owner of cruise holiday website operator Cruise.co.uk and Neilson Active Holidays. In 1993, Luke took control of Pizza Express with partners, subsequently becoming Chairman, and grew the business from 12 owned restaurants to over 250, and the share price from 40p to over 900p. Luke was Chairman of Channel 4 from January 2004 to January 2010, during which time he appointed a new CEO, restructured the board and saw the organisation enjoy record ratings, revenues and surplus.
Non-Executive Director: Jonathan Goodwin
Jonathan Goodwin founded Lepe Partners in 2011. Lepe Partners is a merchant bank created to help entrepreneurs and CEOs in the media, consumer and internet sectors grow their businesses. Prior to founding Lepe, Jonathan was CEO and Co-founder of LongAcre Partners, where he built the company into Europe’s leading mid-market media and corporate finance house prior to selling it to Jeffries in 2007. To date, Jonathan has advised on over 100 transactions in the media and internet space. In 2006, Jonathan created the Founders Forum, an entrepreneur’s event held annually in London, New York, Brazil and India. In 2009, Jonathan also Co-Founded PROfounders Capital, an early stage fund backed by entrepreneurs for digital entrepreneurs. Previously, Jonathan focused on the media sector at Apax Partners and later joined the MBI team of Talk Radio, backed by News Corporation and Liberty Media. Talk Radio then became the foundation for The Wireless Group plc, where Jonathan was Group Managing Director. Jonathan is also currently on the advisory board of Opera Solutions and Kelkoo.
Senior Independent Director
The Board has determined that the formal appointment of a senior independent Director is not necessary given the current structure and composition of the Board. Furthermore, given the size of the Company, the shareholdings in the Company that the current Board members hold and the active dialogue with institutional shareholders that takes place throughout the year, the Board is of the view that an appointment of a senior independent Director would not currently provide any further benefit in assisting with communication with shareholders.
Senior Management Team
This comprises the CEO and CFO together with the key Directors of:
Television Production: Fiona Stourton and Richard Farmbrough
Publishing: Annette Clowes
Digital Communications: Bharti Bhikha
The performance of the Executive Board is appraised annually by the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors.
Balance and Independence
The Board is comprised of a balance of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. This balance is designed to ensure that no one individual or small group of individuals can dominate the Board’s decision-making.