We recognize those members who have served the UK section as Managers
Since the refounding of the section in 2012


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

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 is now  Director of Broadcast and Distribution Technology at itv   having 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 throiugh the development and support of ITV's technology platforms that support Rights Management, Linear and Non-Linear Content Scheduling, Broadcast & VOD Content Delivery as well as the technology development with ITVs Linear Broadcast service providers.

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.


Organiser Regional Seminar

Tim Harris, MirriAd

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Tim is the CTO at  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.

Following the 2014 elections we welcome the following members to the Board of Managers

      Nigel Seth-Smith Semtech 
      Russell Trafford-Jones  V-nova 
     Simon Guantlett - DTG

who took up office on 1 July 2014


 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


Simon Gauntlett 

Simon Gauntlett is  Technology Director for the Digital TV Group in the UK since 2006, setting the technology strategy and roadmap for the UK Television Industry Association.  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....