The TRIC Committee

Jeff Stelling

TRIC President
Jeff Stelling

Jeff Stelling is an English sports journalist and sport television presenter. He currently presents Gillette Soccer Saturday for Sky Sports and hosted their coverage of the Champions League between 2011 and 2015.
He also presented the Channel 4 quiz show Countdown between 2009 and 2011.

 

Mike Finchen

Chairman
Mike Finchen
Mike is married to Carole, they live in Solihull and have two grown up children, Joanna and Matthew. He has a passion for playing the piano and has a life-long interest in military history. His nominated charity is Pancreatic Cancer UK. Mike joined Arqiva in 2005 and runs Arqiva's Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) multiplex business in the UK. Mike is based in the West Midlands and
has a long pedigree in multiplex management stretching back to the launch of Freeview in 2002. He holds a board position with Freeview marketing company (DTVSL), and currently holds the position of chairman of the Television & Radio Industry Club. Prior to his career in the broadcast industry, Mike worked in various commercial and operational roles in a number of telecommunications, software and defence companies, both in the UK and internationally.

Richard Lindsay-Davies

Vice Chairman
Richard Lindsay-Davies
Richard Lindsay-Davies is the Chief Executive of the Digital TV Group, the industry association central to the development and collaborative implementation of digital television in the UK. He is also executive Chairman of the industry’s interoperability test centre, DTG Testing. He served as Richard as Director of Public Affairs from 2004 working with government and stakeholders on the Digital TV Action Plan leading to the digital switchover programme and the establishment the UK digital switchover body, Digital UK. He was appointed Director General in 2006, establishing a new vision and operation before transferring to Freesat as Commercial Development Director where he played an integral role in the successful launch of the platform. Following the launch of Freesat, Richard returned to his role as DTG Director General in October 2008. With experience spanning engineering, product marketing and strategy in the consumer electronics and broadcast industries he has contributed to a number of world firsts, including the UK’s first free-to-air set top box and recorder. Before joining the Digital TV Group, Richard spent 15 years in the television industry with roles ranging from electronic design at Sony through to consumer marketing at Toshiba and strategic marketing at Pace. Richard is currently focussed on ensure the UK’s digital TV future is as innovative and economically valuable as its past by supporting the developing thinking on next generation of digital TV and related technologies though the DTG’s work on areas: Broadcast AV; Connected AV; Mobile AV; Spectrum, and; Ultra HD.


Companions

John F O'Neill
John F O’Neill
John had made the Radio & Television industry his life and had a very successful career spanning 43 years, being a Managing Director of companies on both Retail and Manufacturing. His associationwith TRIC (then RIC) has been continuous since 1955. On early retirement he formed a Golf Event company, Gemini Classic and during the decade of the 90's raised nearly £1 million for various charities. He continues to be active in organising golf events, having formed yet another company in the millenium year. His love for TRIC continues unabated by the years or workload in his business, let alone his involvement in the celebrity world. He was honoured in 1989 in being a Companion of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He is extremely proud to have been honoured by TRIC as President and recently honoured yet again as a Companion of the Club.

Brian Tesler
Brian Tesler CBE
Brian Tesler retired in 1994 from the Deputy Chairmanship of LWT (Holdings) plc, a position he held from 1992, prior to which he had been Deputy Chief Executive (1974-76), Managing Director (1976-84), and Chairman & Managing Director (1984-92). He is a Companion of TRIC and past President (1979-80). He entered television in 1952 as a BBC television producer and in 1954 won the Daily Mail's National Television Award for "Ask Pickles", which he devised and produced. He moved to ITV in 1957 with ATV, where he was the first winner of BAFTA's Light Entertainment Production Award when the Academy was still the 'Society' of Film and Television Arts. Brian Tesler left production for administration in 1960, when he joined ABC Television as Head of Features and Light Entertainment. He became Controller of Programmes in 1962 and Director of Programmes in 1965 - the first ITV Programme Controller to be appointed to a Board; and when ABC and Associated Rediffusion were merged to form Thames Television in 1968 he was a founder-director of the company as its Director of Programmes. He joined LWT as Deputy Chief Executive in 1974 and was a founder-director of Channel Four in 1981. He was appointed CBE in June 1986 and in the same year was awarded Pye Television's Lord Willis Trophy for Outstanding Services to Television. Among other industry roles he is a Fellow and retired Vice-President of the Royal Television Society; he was a Governor and Deputy Chairman of the British Film Institute; a Governor of the National Film and Television School; a member of the British Screen Advisory Council; and a Director of The Services Sound and Vision Corporation. In his public work outside the industry, he was a member of The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace - Inner London 1991-96 and its Chairman 1993-96; a Lay Interviewer for Judicial Appointments 1994-1999; and has been an Independent Assessor for Public Appointments since 2000.

John Whitney
John Whitney CBE
John Whitney has spent over 40 years in the media and communications industry. He was Managing Director of Capital Radio from 1973 to 1982, Director General of the Independent Broadcasting Authority from 1982 to 1989, on the Board of the Royal National Theatre from 1977 to 1994 and a non-executive director of The Really Useful Group Ltd, of which he was previously Chairman, until June 1997. He is a Director of Friends Provident plc, Chairman of Caspian Publishing Ltd., Chairman of RAJAR Ltd (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd) and Chairman of Bird & Co International. Among his charitable interests are Soundaround, Artsline, the Theatre Investment Fund and the Hospital Broadcasting Association.

Terry Mobbs
Terry Mobbs
Terry Mobbs joined the TRIC Committee in 1982, has served as Chairman and was elected Treasurer in 1998. Terry is enjoying his retirement following a lifetime in our industry. He continues to serve various good causes close to his home in High Kelling in North Norfolk whilst striving to improve his golf handicap.

Tim Gooch
Tim Gooch
Tim Gooch started his career with a City firm of printers, he then worked in Fleet Street for many years before starting Buckland Securities of which he is Chairman. Tim is a member of the Worshipful Company of Stationers, a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London and a Trustee of Society of Stars for Charity.


Committee Members

Vic Bray
Vic Bray
Vic Bray was a previous TRIC Chairman. Vic started his career in the Electricity supply industry and was for many years involved in electrical retailing installation and service. He was a Director of Domestic & General for 15 years. His hobbies are keyboard and vocals and cycling. Since retiring from D&G he and his wife spend the winter months in Barbados, where he teaches young children with serious learning difficulties to swim and Marion teaches them Craft.

Mike Chandler
Mike Chandler
Mike is Managing Director at ASTRA (GB) Ltd, having joined ASTRA from Creative Labs Europe, where he was European Marketing Director. He has gained extensive experience in sales and marketing positions working in the retail and distribution sectors across IT and consumer electronics including Olivetti, Toshiba, Sanyo and JVC. Mike is married to Mary and they live in Hertfordshire with their two sons. Mike joined the TRIC Committe in 2000 and is a keen guitarist with an interest in many forms of music.

Charles Ward
Derek Hollingdale
Managing Director Clients Domestic and General. Derek joined D&G in July 2000 and was appointed Managing Director of Inkfish Services in July 2002. He became Sales Director of D&G Insurance PLC and D&G Services Limited in June 2004 and since July 2014 has been promoted to Managing Director Clients. Prior to his time in the financial sector Derek worked for some of the leading Blue Chip companies, Brooke Bond Oxo, Unilever, Allied Lyons/Domecq, Tetley GB and Danish Crown. Derek has a passion for sales and marketing and building industry leading teams that focus on strategically delighting his clients and their customers."D&G have enjoyed fantastic success during the last decade, including two private equity acquisitions which have facilitated investment and growth. The latest purchase was in December 2013 by CVC for £750 million. On 12th October 2014, D&G won the 10th annual Sunday Times Thornton Top Track 250 award." Derek is married to Tracy, they live in Surrey and have two beautiful daughters, Fiona and Michaela. Derek has a passion for sport and enjoys the occasional game of golf.

Tony Dugdale
Tony Dugdale
Chairman/MD Elliott Business Connexions Tony Dugdale joined the industry in 1960 as a trainee with PYE Limited Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and has now spent 41 years in the Consumer Electronics Industry. His current situation is Chairman/MD of Elliott Business Connexion Ltd. Over 53 years in the industry he has worked at the following companies: * 1960 - 1987 : Worked with Philips Group * 1987 - 1989 : Managing Director, Hughes Lowestoft * 1990 - 1996 : Sales & Marketing Director, Samsung Electronics * 1997 - 2001 : Executive Director, Sharp Electronics (UK) Ltd * 2001 - 2013 : Chairman Elliott Business Connexions Ltd

Stuart Cook
Stuart Cook
Stuart has been in the industry for 22 years and for the last 11 years has worked for Combined Independents Holdings in the following positions: Brown Goods Buyer and his current role of Chief Executive. Combined Independents Holdings is part of “Euronics” Europe’s largest electrical buying group covering 27 countries with over 7,500 outlets of which Stuart sits on the Board of Directors. Combined Independents Holdings is the UK arm and has 700 members with over 1400 retail outlets and the head office covers all the purchasing, marketing and finance functions for its members. Stuart Cook is married to Barbara and they have two children James and Abigail. Stuart enjoys most sports, although favours rugby which his son James plays at a high level. He also enjoys travel, food, wine, entertaining and home life.

Nick Gregory
Nick Gregory
Nick is Director of Product Planning at British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and part of the Strategic Planning and Commercial Business Group. Nick joined Sky from Pace in 1998 where he was UK Divisional Director. Prior to that Nick has worked in the electronics industry mainly in sales and marketing roles and has extensive experience in both the UK and overseas markets including Europe, the US and Japan. Nick is also a current Board member of Freeview (DTVS Ltd) and was Chairman from 2005-6. He is also Deputy Chairman of the DVB PCM (Geneva) and has been a member of the Digital Television Group Council from 2000. Nick is married to Carol and they live in the Cotswolds and they have a son and a daughter. Nick joined the TRIC Committee in 2003.

Howard Saycell
Howard Saycell
Howard was Chairman of TRIC from June 2006 through to June 2008 and remains an active member of the committee. He lives with his wife Joan in Northamptonshire, close to their two grown up daughters Claire and Hannah. A keen supporter of TRIC for many years, Howard believes that the combination of superb events and raising money for great causes means that TRIC has really got a great formula. Howard has worked for Sony for over 20 years and has been involved with TRIC for over 10 years.

Chris Lucas
Chris Lucas
Chris Lucas is married to Shirley and they have 2 sons, they live in Weybridge Surrey. He has spent 40 years of his working life in the Consumer Electronics business 30 of which were spent with Toshiba. He left his role of Sales Director for Toshiba Consumer Products Division in April 2008. He now works on projects with friends he has known in the Industry for many years. He has served on the TRIC Committee since 1994 and spent 2 enjoyable years as TRIC Chairman (1998 – 2000). During this time Chris introduced the first Lady President (Gloria Hunniford) that the Club has ever had. He enjoys socialising with friends and TRIC gives him a great opportunity to do this at special events organised throughout the year. His hobbies are horse racing, painting and drawing, buying and selling collectables, going to auctions (one of his new roles is to encourage manufacturers and large retailers to dispose of their unwanted stock and raw returns so as to convert dead stock into cash through his local auction house) and listening to music and still trying to get to grips with playing his guitar although this is almost a lost cause now!!

Kam Kandola
Kam Kandola
Kam has over twenty years' experience in winning new business along with strategically managing and developing client relationships in the insurance, financial services and warranty sector. He has successfully won numerous new clients in the insurance and warranty sector which are major blue chip organisations along with growing, developing and managing the largest clients in this sector combined with managing large successful teams. Kam is married to Kally and they live in Berkshire and have three wonderful children, Kiran, Arjun and Aman.