RICHARD HORWOOD

MANAGEMENT ROLES

BLINK TV 

TV production, screen visuals and brand partnerships for live music events. 

CHAIR   2015 – 2017   

  • Reduced overheads by a third (£½m) on £4m sales.

  • Restructured and recapitalised.

  • Brought to profit, eliminating £¾m annual losses.

CHANNEL 6 

Bidder for National and London Public Service Broadcaster TV franchises. 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE   2010 – 2014

  • Formed consortium of Sony Pictures Television, three newspaper groups, and a top management team.

  • Advised Government and led high profile bids.

JAKE 

30,000-strong professional social network, operating on- and off-line.

CHAIR   2008 – 2010

  • Changed strategy, management and business model.

  • Refocused on core activities and returned to profit.

VIO/ADSEND 

Print advertising digital supply chain software and telecoms management services.  

CHAIR   2001 – 2007

  • Rescued after closure announced by BT and Scitex. Grew to £4m sales.

  • Changed strategy, management and business model.

  • Secured £5m private equity investment.

  • Relocated to New York for 2 years to re-launch US business; negotiated white label deal with France Telecom.

  • Negotiated acquisition of 2 more businesses (US and UK).


CITIZEN 

New media consultancy.  

CHIEF EXECUTIVE   2000 – 2001

  • Partnered with ex-CEO of Mirror Group.

  • Interim COO of internet portal business for Punch Taverns.

MIRROR GROUP PLC – TV DIVISION 

National cable TV network with affiliated local stations.   

MANAGING DIRECTOR   1993 – 1999

  • Created, ran and brought to profit a £20m TV division with 300 staff in this FTSE 250 newspaper group.

  • Comprised a nationally broadcast TV channel, a network of local stations, an ad sales division, an independent production company, and a premium rate call handling operation.

  • Negotiated unique 10-year cable carriage contracts, enforced in the Courts and against the Regulator.

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PROFESSIONAL /ADVISORY ROLES

SMITH NEW COURT CORPORATE FINANCE 

UK stockbroker corporate advisory department.  

DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF M&A   1990 – 1993

HILL SAMUEL BANK CORPORATE FINANCE 

UK investment bank corporate advisory department.   

MANAGER   1985 – 1990

EDGE & ELLISON 

Birmingham law firm.   

SOLICITOR   1981 – 1984

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NON-EXECUTIVE ROLES

RETAIL HUMAN RESOURCES PLC (RHR) 

Retail management recruitment consultancy.   

CHAIR   2014 to date

THE LOCAL DIGITAL COMPANY 

Video campaigns for locally-focused marketing.   

CHAIR   2014 to date

BLINK TV 

TV production, screen visuals and brand partnerships for live music events.   

DIRECTOR   1997 – 2014

TONY ROMA’S, AMERICA, 23 ROMILLY ST, BYRON’S 

Restaurants and bars.  

CHAIR   1991 – 2003

BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS PARK PARTNERSHIP 

147-acre business park.   

DIRECTOR   1981 – 1987

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NON-PROFIT ROLES

ISLE OF DOGS NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING FORUM 

Statutory neighbourhood planning.   

CHAIR   2014 - 2020

PRINT MEDIA EXECUTIVE SUMMIT (Primex) 

Annual American print production conference.   

COMMITTEE MEMBER   2004

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TV FESTIVAL 

Annual TV conference. 

COMMITTEE MEMBER   1999

FACTS 

AIDS clinic and related services.  

CHAIR  1988 – 2000

CBI’S EUROPEAN SINGLE MARKET INITIATIVE 

Mergers, Acquisitions & Alternative Corporate Strategies.   

AUTHOR   1988 – 1989

BRITISH OLYMPIC APPEAL, WEST MIDLANDS REGION 

Charity fundraising for Team GB.   

HON. SECRETARY   1981 – 1984

 

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