UK Section Officers


Following the 2015 elections we welcome the following members to the Board of Managers

  •       John Ellerton BT Media & Broadcast  .
  •       Tom Griffiths  itv
  •       Steve Plunkett Ericsson Broadcast & Media Services

who took up office on 1 July 2015


The officers of the UK Section are:

Chair Chris Johns, Sky

ChrisJohns has been with Sky/BSkyB since its inception in 1989 having started his career in broadcast with the BBC.
As Chief Engineer, Chris has been at the forefront of delivering broadcast functionality to the platform such as the Multi channel Digital Play - out facilities, Dolby Digital audio, Server based solutions, HD &3D.

Chris is now helping Sky enhance the entertainment delivered across a multitude of different platforms from a common core whilst maintaining the audio and visual quality the customer has come to expect from today’s technologies.

Chris was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2013 recognising his outstanding work in the development of Television platforms and Innovative technology in the UK

Sec/Treas  Peter Weitzel,

Peter now consults for Broadcasters  and small manufacturers
– having had a long & very varied career in the "projects" area with BBC BBC T Siemens latterly as Principal Technology Manager Media Systems.
He has led standardisation of Teletext,EPG, DVB Subtitles  and the introduction of Audio Description. 

He has worked on the technology strategy of major broadcasters as they confronted going digital – in studio & OB  and Emission - and introducing Audio & Video over IP in the early 2000s
Peter has been arranging lectures for many years and is very keen on ensuring that all in our industries can keep up to date and share knowledge and experience.

In 2014 Peter was Awarded  The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time
for for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members over the first two years.
He now is one of the two Membership Directors - taking responsibilty for members outside North America



Simon Gauntlett

Simon Gauntlett has been the Technology Director for the Digital TV Group in the UK since 2006, setting the technology strategy and roadmap for the UK Television Industry Association. This involves bringing together broadcasters, manufacturers, retailers and silicon vendors and agreeing interoperability standards for AV in the UK. He participates in several international standards forums and regularly presents at industry conferences. Previously, Simon worked for the BBC Research and Development department on projects including the introduction of High Definition and Digital Radio Cameras.

Simon is a fellow of the IET and an honorary fellow of the BKSTS

Simon has taken on the role of Centennial Co-Ordinator  - as we move to celebrating 100 years of SMPTE....


 Nigel Seth-Smith

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Nigel Seth-Smith  is a strategic technology manager at Semtech, with responsibility for video product definition and standards support.

He first digitized a video signal in 1977 at the IBA. Since then he has been working with pictures, and the numbers which represent them, in Canada and the UK, with Link Electronics, Scientific Atlanta, DPS, Snell & Wilcox and now Semtech. His current standards work concerns UHDTV transport and network based genlock timing.


Russell Trafford - Jones

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Russell Trafford-Jones is Head of Contribution Product Support at V-Nova - implementing solutions for Broadcasters whilst developing the product range. 

He has worked for BBC Technology/Siemens/ATOS, BMCUK and, most recently TSL Systems where he was a Systems Architect designing and managing bids for all types of broadcasters.

He is one of the member of the Graduate Intiative Panel - a resource for those starting in our industries


John Ellerton

John Ellerton is Head of Media Futures at BT Media and Broadcast. John graduated from Salford University in the UK and École Centrale de Lyon in France with an M.Eng in Electronic Engineering, and has since gained over 18 years’ experience creating specialist network and workflow solutions for broadcasters and media companies worldwide. He now leads BT M&B’s future thinking in broadcast and media services, including software-defined networks and UHDTV. He leads BT’s Gold Sustaining Membership of SMPTE and is an active contributor to the work of the EBU.


Tom Griffiths

Tom Griffiths has been Technology Controller at ITV since 2013, responsible for ITVs broadcast and content delivery technology. His role includes providing subject matter expertise to the wider ITV business on technology such as transmission infrastructure, distribution networks, content preparation & delivery, broadcast scheduling & playout, as well as being responsible for the planning and delivery of these systems.

Steve Plunkett

CTO of Ericsson’s Broadcast & Media Services division with responsibility for technology strategy, R&D and industry engagement. Over 20 years experience as an engineer, architect and technology leader in the broadcast, Internet, mobile and enterprise industries. Regular speaker and attendee at industry conferences and events, with dozens of articles published in the broadcast press. Advocate for standardization, academic engagement and industry collaboration to make this great industry even better. Committee member of the IET Multimedia & Communications Network, AMWA board member, member of SMTPE, IEEE, IET, IBC Innovation Award winner (2012), MSc in Advanced Networking and lifelong technology enthusiast.


In addition to the managers the Section relies on other key Volunteers
these attend the Board of Managers meetings with full speaking rights
but are not able to vote.


Chairman Meetings

Bruce Kruger from Sky has been appointed  to lead the Group which plans the meetings,  and being the point of reference as individuals organise and run meetings In London and in the clusters across the UK .

Bruce Kruger is a veteran professional Engineer who has spent a life time working in Commercial Broadcasting. He is currently Head of Broadcast Engineering for Sky U.K. and is responsible for managing the engineering design and support teams associated with television content and associated DTH platforms.

Prior to joining Sky U.K. he spent almost 3 years at TVB in Hong Kong as Engineering Controller responsible for the introduction of HD services and DTTB.

Bruce commenced his professional career in Australia as a trainee radio and television broadcast engineer and has held senior engineering and management positions in Nine Network Australia and subsidiary companies.

.His commitment is to support all the pillars of the society and is active in the education of young engineers and supportive of the development of standards for the industry as a whole.

Chairman Membership

We need someone to coordinate our contact with  Members and Prospective members  both Individuals and Companies across the Industries in the UK 

We have already got volunteers helping with Supporting younger members as they transition to working and their first years in our industries


Organiser Regional Seminar

Tim Harris, MirriAd

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Tim is the VP Engineering  for MirriAd, -the only end to end solution for embedding brands in video content.
Tim has an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the ISLI working with Snell & Wilcox and then AmberFin as industrial sponsor. His experience includes MXF and AAF support, video processing architectures, the business of video, and test patterns, and Grading systems for film and TV.

 He was a founding manager of the UK section serving from 2012-14.


Organiser Bill Lovell Memorial lecture

Andy Quested  BBC

Andy Quested started working as a Technical Assistant at the BBC in 1978. from 1983 to 2000 Andy worked as an VT editor across the whole range of BBC output but is possibly best known as the editor of Keeping Up Appearances! 
Since 2005, Andy has been leading the BBC’s high definition technology strategy as Head of Technology for HD (and now 3D)

Andy was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2014  recognising his outstanding work in the development of HD and UHD techniques and his work in DPP, EBU and ITU on this and Quality Checking.



At its meetings in April 2012 the Board of Managers  agreed that Board members should serve a maximum of two 2 year terms  
so promoting a good flow of new blood to the Board,
and guidance  on the chairman term ( 2 or 3 years)  and Hon Sec (typically about 5 years)

There is an outline of what  is required of a Managers of the UK Section

Contact Peter Weitzel for more information or  for details on how you or your employer can help SMPTE UK Section- we need more members to help  our activities  around the UK and in London