PREVIOUSLY

CURRENTLY 

BBC

A former BBC executive and programme maker with 25 years track record as a reporter, producer, editor and senior editorial leader.

As Head of BBC Yorkshire (1997 to 2004) achievements included -

  • Turning round the viewing figures for the BBC's nightly news programme, Look North, which previously attracted only half the audience of its ITV rival to a position where it enjoyed double the audience.
  • Setting up a new regional operation in Hull to provide a more localised service for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
  • Leading the introduction of new BBC services (Including local websites) and the building of four new BBC studio centres in Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Bradford.
  • Managing a 20million operation with 400 staff through periods of expansion and severe contraction including major redundancy programmes.

Earlier BBC Career included the following roles -

  • Head of BBC North West (1995-7) revamping North West Tonight and hiring Krypton Factor host, Gordon Burns, as its new presenter.
  • Editor of BBC GMR (Greater Manchester Radio) (1993-5) including a major revamp of the station.
  • Assistant Editor (Producer) BBC North West; (1989-93); working on news, current affairs and documentary programmes including the launch of new political programmes when the televising of Parliament began.
  • On the road reporter and producer (1983-89) including working for Newsnight, Brass Tacks, File on 4, On the Line and national and regional news.

BBC career highlights included -

  • Coverage of numerous major news stories including the Manchester and Warrington IRA bombings, the Moors Murder Search on Saddleworth Moor.
  • Documentaries and feature programmes on subjects as diverse as the safety of the Channel Tunnel, sexism in the police force and walking in the Lake District.
  • Part of winning teams at the Sony Radio and Royal Television Society Awards.

Skills and expertise acquired include -

  • Developing strategic visions and policy making
  • Taking difficult editorial decisions
  • Leading creative teams to deliver original programme-making
  • Organising complex logistical operations to make programmes
  • Leading significant organisational change
  • Presenting, reporting and interviewing on TV and radio

National Media Museum

A successful leader of a major cultural institution during a period of great change as Director of the National Media Museum in Bradford from 2004 to 2012.

Achievements included -

  • Redrawing the scope of the Museum to embrace a wider media remit from its original brief of photography, film and television resulting in its renaming as the National Media Museum in 2006.
  • Opening three major new galleries about television, computer games and the world's first museum gallery about the impact of the internet.
  • Helping to drive the bid to make Bradford the world's first UNESCO City of Film
  • Winning agreement for the building of a gallery in London to showcase the Museum's collections in partnership with the Science Museum due to open in 2013.
  • Leading major reorganisations of the museum structure to deal with funding reductions and changing priorities.

The National Media Museum is one of the countrys leading and most popular museums -

  • Holding a world-class collection of more than 3.5 million media objects and images.
  • Regularly attracting over 500,000 visitors a year.
  • Producing critically-acclaimed exhibitions and festivals.
  • Includingeight floors of galleriesand three cinemas including Britain's first IMAX screen.
  • Hosting the BBCs Bradford studio.
  • Running an extensive learning programme.
  • Belonging to the Science Museums Group(along with the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester).

Skills and expertise acquired include -

  • Developing and delivering major strategic change.
  • Persuading and influencing key stakeholders of the merits of a new vision.
  • Playing a key role in fundraising for new projects.
  • Leading major cultural projects and cultural teams.
  • Working in partnership with a wide range of organisations and people.
  • Delivering major organisational changes including managing major change programmes.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of media and their histories as well as extensive media contacts.

Writer, Presenter, Consultant

Extensive experience as a writer, event and radio presenter and creative and film producer-

  • Colin's first book "A Place in History" was published in Autumn 2012 by Ammonite Press. It tells the stories of places touched by news events in twentieth century Britain and details what happened after the cameras and reporters moved on.
  • Colin's drama "The Last Match" about the story of the very last day of first-class cricket in England in September 1939 as war was about to break out, was first performed in pilot form at the Scarborough Cricket Festival in August 2014. In the Summer of 2015 it was performed twelve times at venues in Sussex and Yorkshire including Headingley and Hove cricket grounds. See www.thelastmatch.com 
  • Colin's second book 'Relics of the Reich' - about the architectural legacy of Nazi Germany - was published by Pen and Sword in April 2016.
  • Colin's third book. 'Secret Wartime Britain' was published by Pen and Sword in November 2018. It tells the stories of scores of places which were, to a greater or lesser extent, secret in Second World War Britain.

Also, Colin is-
  • An experienced radio presenter with extensive experience of presenting news, current affairs and discussion programmes. He has presented on both BBC local radio and on Bradford's local station, BCB106.6 as well as appearing regularly as a commentator, newspaper reviewer and interviewee on a range oflocal and network programmes.
  • A visiting Fellow in the Media School of the University of Bradford lecturing on a range of subjects including media ethics, media regulation and media ownership.
  • A speaker and chair at literary festivals as well as business lunches, conferences and societies. Engagements have included the Ilkley Literature Festival,the Bradford Literature Festival, hosting major conferences on economic development for Bradford Breakthrough as well as speaking at a wide range of organisations including the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the Harrogate Business Lunch, the Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters Association and the Bradford Rotary Club.
  • An accomplished creative consultant and producer whose recent projects include - making a series of 50 film profiles with staff, students and alumni of the University of Bradford to mark the University's 50th birthday; organising conferences on attracting film businesses and restaurants and cafes to Bradford; and acting as a consultant to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation on the development of their museum and archives.

Boards and Trusts

An experienced trustee and non-executive director of a range of organisations. He is a Trustee of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, the community and charitable arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He is also a member of the�University of York Court�appointed� in 2010.

Previous roles include the following -

Yorkshire and North East Film Archives�Chair of the Yorkshire Film Archive from 2006 to 2016. The Archive is regarded as one of the most successful regional film archives in the country.

Advertising Standards Authority�From 2005 to 2011 as a member of the ASA Council responsible for adjudicating each week on complaints about advertising as well as playing a role in the governance of the organisation.

NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group�- Vice-Chair and�lay member of the Board running the GP-led NHS commissioning structure in Bradford. Colin had a particular responsibility for patient and public engagement and co-chaired the Joint Quality Committee.

Bradford Producer City Place Board - part of the economic strategy partnership for Bradford.

Green Screen Productions -�non-exec director of the Yorkshire-based film production and studio company

Bradford City of Film Board� -part of the successful bid team which won UNESCO City of Film status for Bradford.

West Yorkshire Tourism Partnership� �Board member helping develop tourism in the region

Kraszna-Krausz Foundation - trustee of the Foundation which promotes the publication of books about the still and moving image.

Creative Partnerships, Bradford��- Chair of the Arts Council-led project for bringing schools and the creative sector closer together);

Also a Director of Arts and Business, Yorkshire, a Trustee of Speakeasy (a speech-therapy charity in Greater Manchester) and also an adviser to Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Skills and expertise acquired include -

  • Chairmanship
  • Financial audit�
  • Remuneration and appointment of senior staff
  • General governance experience
  • Experience of a wide range of sectors including advertising, health, tourism, regeneration and education.

Testimonials


Dr. Trevor Higgins, Chair of Bradford Breakthrough, said - "When I was seeking a new Chief Executive for Bradford Breakthrough I was looking for someone who could help raise our Media Profile and Colin was the ideal candidate. As an acknowledged expert in the field, he hasn't disappointed but what I also got was an excellent all-rounder, a top class leader and a great communicator, who passionately believes in Bradford and actively goes out and sells the Bradford story. Bradford Breakthrough is going from strength to strength"

Rachel Feldberg, Director of the Ilkley Literature Festival, said "Colin was an excellent chair for a range of our large headline events with major speakers. He is always courteous, professional and well-prepared and his questions to the speakers are thoughtful and illuminating."

Dr. Ian Palmer, Dean of the School of Computing, Informatics and Media at the University of Bradford, said "Colin did research for us on a project to develop new academic programmes. He was excellent to work with, captured the essence of what we wanted quickly and then delivered great results. I'd have no hesitation in using him again."

David Holdsworth, Controller, BBC English Regions, said - "Colin was a first-rate editor in the BBC with a real grasp of what makes a good story, how to tell it well and a deep understanding of audiences."

Douglas Gurr, the Chairman of the Science Museum Group, which includes the National Media Museum, said - " I have had the pleasure of working with Colin over a number of years and have always appreciated his calm yet determined leadership style and long admired his pizazz in Board presentations."

Lord (Chris) Smith, Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority, said - "Colin was an outstanding member of the ASA Council for six years. He brought wisdom and clear advocacy to the Council table. He enhanced our understanding of media issues; he challenged us with innovative ideas and he was the voice of plain commonsense."

Di Burton, MD of award-winning Cicada Communications, said - I have seen Colin speak on many occasions. Not only is he highly knowledgeable about his subject, but his light touch makes him an engaging speaker. He is fiercely intelligent and handles questions from the floor with aplomb. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a business speaker and as a chairman for panels

Sue Howard, Director of the Yorkshire Film Archive, said - "Colin is a strategic thinker who always sees the bigger picture and understands the issues".

Liz Green, BBC Radio Leeds presenter said - "A great contributor; informed, measured, witty and with a wealth of media knowledge which is rooted in real experience. A BBC background with a commercial edge makes his overview of the media unique. A good talker who will tell it exactly as it is."

Writing and Broadcasting

Colin's existing writing includes-

  • Colin's third book about secrecy in Second World War Britain was published in November 2018. 'Secret Wartime Britain' has already received extensive media coverage.
  • Colin's second book 'Relics of the Reich' - about the architectural legacy of Nazi Germany - was published by Pen and Sword in April 2016.
  • Colin's first book "A Place in History" was published in Autumn 2012 by Ammonite Press. It tells the stories of places touched by news events in twentieth century Britain and details what happened after the cameras and reporters moved on.
  • Colin's drama "The Last Match" about the story of the very last day of first-class cricket in England in September 1939 as war was about to break out, was first performed in pilot form at the Scarborough Cricket Festival in August 2014. In the Summer of 2015 it was performed twelve times at venues in Sussex and Yorkshire including Headingley and Hove cricket grounds. See www.thelastmatch.com�
  • Colin is also researching a range of other creative projects including a further drama as well as fiction and non-fiction ideas.

Colin is also an experienced presenter on radio and television including-
  • An experienced radio presenter with extensive experience of presenting news, current affairs and discussion programmes. He has presented on both BBC local radio and on Bradford's local station, BCB106.6 as well as appearing regularly as a commentator, newspaper reviewer and interviewee on a range of local and network programmes.
  • He has 30 years experience of presenting, producing and editing radio and television including recent experience of film making - producing 50 short films for the University of Bradford's 50th anniversary.

Chairing and Speaking

Colin Philpott Media offers -
  • Chairing and Facilitation of Meetings, Conferences and Events.
  • Illustated talks on the subjects of his three books - WW2 Secret Places, How Germany deals with Nazi Architecture and the stories of places affected by major news events plus a talk about Colin's 25 year career in front of and behind theb camera in the BBC.
  • Lectures on media topics including media ethics, how newsrooms work and media regulation.
  • Speaking at conferences, meetings and events - topics include media behaviour, changing media technologies and how advertising is regulated.
  • Colin can be booked through http://www.yorkshirespeakersdirectory.co.uk/
These services are based on -

  • 30 years experience of appearing on radio and television and of speaking in public at a wide range of events.
  • A fund of entertaining anecdotes and informative insights drawing on a career in the BBC, time with the Advertising Standards Authority and as a leader of a national museum.
  • Extensive experience of chairing meetings of management teams and of trustee and non-executive bodies.
  • Experience as a lecturer on media subjects to undergraduates, postgraduates and management training groups.
  • A strong sense of impartiality with a sense of humour to keep meetings and conferences on track.
Recent work includes-
  • Charing and interviewing high-profile authors, politicians and others at literature festivals including the Ilkley Literature Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Harrogate Literature Festival and the York Festival of Ideas..
  • Engagements as a speaker and chair at  business lunches, conferences and societies. Engagements have included hosting the launch of Overlap associates in the UK; compering major conferences on economic development for Bradford Breakthrough as well as speaking at a wide range of organisations including the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the Harrogate Business Lunch, the Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters Association and introducing and chairing a Q+A at the multiplatform premiere of the film "The Knife that Killed Me" made by Greenscreen Productions.
  • A visiting Fellow in the Media School of the University of Bradford lecturing on a range of subjects including media ethics, media regulation and media ownership.

Consultancy and Projects


Colin's consultancy projects include -
  • Work with Canadian-based human-centred design form, Overlap Associates, in 2018 to help them establish a Uk arm to their operation. Overlap help clients with strategic visioning, team building and problem solving.
  • An eighteen-month project from 2015 to early 2017 with the University of Bradford to produce "50 Bradford Stories" - short, illustrated interviews with 50 people associated with the University who've done remarkable things tol be used as part of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations.
  • Consultancy for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation advising on the development of the Yorkshire Cricket Archive
  • A report to the Bradford Producer City Board to draw up proposals for a more proactive promotion of the Bradford District.
  • Colin organised and presented a major inward investment event "A Taste of Bradford" in March 2014 designed to attract more restaurants to Bradford.
  • Colin completed a consultancy project with the University of Bradford in Summer 2012 on developing new academic programmes in the Bradford Media School

Colin Philpott Media offers consultancy in three areas -

  • Cultural projects including developing ideas and building partnerships.
  • Media projects - including executive production roles on programme projects for radio and TV.
  • Leadership and management challenges including feasibility studies into new projects particularly in the media and cultural sectors.

This advice is based on -

  • Extensive leadership and management experience at a senior level at both the BBC and the National Media Museum including managing teams through complex change and delivering major projects.
  • A well-developed understanding of how to handle the PR, media and communications aspects of leading and managing organisations with experience on both sides of the camera as an interviewer, reporter, presenter and editor in the BBC.
  • Experience as a spokesperson for the BBC, the National Media Museum and other organisations.

Non-executive and Trustee Roles

Colin is currently involved in two Trustee roles -

  • He is a Trustee of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation - the charitable and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  • He is a member of the Court of the University of York

His previous Trustee/Non-Executive experience includes the Advertising Standards Authority, the NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group, Greencreen Productions film company as well as Chairing the Yorkshire Film Archive from 2006 to 2016.
He has also served on a range of other boards including , the Creative Partnerships Board in Bradford, chairing the Buttershaw College Careers Academy Advisory Board as well as sitting on the West Yorkshire Tourism Partnership and the Bradford City of Film Board.

Colin Philpott Media offers strategic leadership with particular emphasis on communications and change management both as a non-executive director/Trustee and as a consultant.

His contribution to boards is based on -

  • Wide-ranging leadership and management experience in the BBC and at the National Media Museum and with the advocacy and lobbying group Bradford Breakthrough including significant change management.
  • Extensive media experience and extensive contacts gained during a 30 year career with the BBC and the National Media Museum.
  • Experience and understanding of the role of trustees and non-executives gained in a wide-range of sectors.
  • Understanding of the cultural sector and of museums and archives in particular.

Contact Details

Colin is based in Yorkshire.

Colin can be contacted via email colin@colinphilpottmedia.co.uk

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