TRIC Committee

Roy Dickens
Roy DickensChair of TRIC
Roy has been in the electronics industry for almost 40 years.

He brings a wealth of experience to TRIC, both from his retail days whilst at Freemans Mail Order, and in Sales & Marketing from his time spent working within Sony Consumer Electronics.

His knowledge, passion and support for specialist retailing enables TRIC to embrace change, ensuring we stay one step ahead!

Committee Members

Charlotte Graham-Cumming
Charlotte Graham-Cumming
Charlotte is a Senior Marketing Professional, with a specialism in working with technology B2B and B2C organisations.

Charlotte has worked globally across the full marketing mix, and now specialises in helping companies optimise their customer engagement, acquisition and retention strategies.

She works with Business Leaders and CMOs to simplify marketing complexity, whether it involves deciphering GDPR, complex technology or intricate customer profiles.

She loves solving problems!

Paul Powell
Paul Powell
Paul is a creative director of Black Dog Television, the independent production company behind ‘Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask’, the panel show ‘Insert Name Here’ and the fantasy sitcom ‘Zapped’.

As a
television writer, script editor and producer specialising in comedy, his extensive screen credits include ‘Miranda’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Would I Lie To You?’ and ‘Spitting Image’.

Honours include a British Comedy Award for ‘Al Murray’s Happy Hour’, an RTS award for ‘Miranda’ and the title of ’39th Greatest Comedy Sketch of All Time’ for a contribution to ‘Smack The Pony’.

He script edited the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute in Hyde Park and co-wrote the best-selling ‘Top Gear: Alternative Highway Code’.

He has considerable board experience, having served as a non-executive director of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society and a co-opted committee member of The Wine Society.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys supporting Arsenal FC, binge-watching ‘Doctor Who’, cooking, gardening and emptying his wine racks.

He’s married with three screen-obsessed children and an excessive number of pets.

Alexia Sciplino
Alexia SciplinoDirector
Alexia is responsible for the day-to-day running of TRIC, working closely with the Committee, Chair, Vice Chair, President and Secretary.

She is also the Head of Corporate Development at the Digital TV Group (DTG), an association that sits at the centre of the TV industry.

She holds over 19 years’ of experience in driving business development and marketing for public relations agencies working with global organisations through to innovative start-up brands. She sat on the Management Board at Octopus Group, Publicasity and Weber Shandwick and was instrumental in growing Hotwire PR from start-up through to fifth largest in the UK in just five years.

Alexia has a passion for food and great wine, she hosts supper clubs at the weekends with her Chef partner, and has two young boys and lives in Norfolk.

Chris Lucas
Chris LucasSecretary
Chris spent 40 years in the Consumer Electronics business starting with Sony, before moving to Toshiba where he spent most of his working life.

Chris has served on the TRIC Committee since 1994 and spent 2 enjoyable years as TRIC Chairman (1998 – 2000). During this time he introduced our first Lady President (Gloria Hunniford) to the Club.

As an insulin-dependant Type 1 Diabetic, Chris lists his greatest achievement (with the help of health care professionals) as the careful management of his condition that lets him enjoy a completely normal life.

He enjoys socialising, auctions, horse racing, and attending 60’s R&B gigs. He is also an amateur artist, and frustrated Arsenal supporter!

Chris and his wife, Shirley, live in Weybridge, Surrey, and share two sons.

Daniel Todaro
Daniel Todaro
Daniel is a founding partner and Managing Director of Gekko Group, a UK & Ireland based agency group who specialise in Marketing & Customer Experience for the Consumer Electronics, IT and Leisure sectors.

Over the course of his career, operating agency-side, across several organisations and roles, Daniel has worked with global companies and start ups alike to create memorable stories that enhance the customer journey.

As a graduate of Industrial Design, Daniel has a creative approach to marketing solutions. He helps brands engage better with consumers through a holistic approach incorporating their sales and marketing strategies. He also writes often for a variety of trade publications on thought leadership and with opinion pieces.

Karen Morris
Karen Morris
Karen has over 30 years’ experience in sponsorship and partnerships in commercial radio as head of sponsorship at Classic FM, as Sales Director of WPP-owned agency Premier, and then brandmeetsbrand, which she founded in 2003. In 2017 brandmeetsbrand became Reg&Co, a boutique agency that brings organisations together to make good things happen. Reg&Co helps organisations understand the value of their sponsorship or partnership offer and then translates the strategy into commercial agreements.

Clients have included Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Harlequins RFC, Macmillan Cancer Support, TfL, Liverpool City Council, Glasgow Life, World Gymnastics Championships, Affordable Art Fair, BBC Earth Experience, Royal Institution and Somerset House among many others.

George Butler
George Butler
George is Head of Commercial Marketing at Bauer Media UK and a presenter on national radio station Fun Kids. In his role at Bauer Media, he works across the organisation’s brands to promote how they can create impact for audiences and advertisers. Previously at commercial radio’s industry body Radiocentre, George managed the award winning cross-industry initiative the Mental Health Minute, which unites over 500 stations across the UK. In 2018 he started the Young Audio Awards, an awards for talented 8-18 year old audio creators, celebrating the next generation of audio talent. George is the breakfast presenter on national UK radio station Fun Kids.
Dan Finch
Dan Finch
After a 10 year stint in the broadcast space, having worked at ITV and Sky in business development and distribution roles, Dan has successfully co-founded two businesses, namely Simplestream and TVPlayer. He has considerable experience in commercially building from scratch, both B2B and B2C companies and is at the forefront in the OTT space, having helped launch over 30 OTT services for Simplestream customers across the EMEA region.

Two boys, dog, plays the guitar badly and loves karaoke!

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 lives in Berkshire with wife, Kally, and their wonderful children, Kiran, Arjun and Aman.

Cat Martin
Cat Martin
A highly skilled professional with more than two decades experience, Cat Martin is the Communications Director for Bauer Media Audio – Europe’s leading commercial radio and audio broadcaster, reaching over 61 million listeners every week across 9 markets.

She has worked on and launched many high-profile brands, shows and events. Highlights include Virgin Radio, Absolute, Scala Radio and KISSTORY. She has been instrumental in driving Bauer’s expansion across Europe, working on acquisitions across The Nordics, UK, Ireland and Portugal and Bauer’s suite of innovative premium subscription audio services and digital advertising networks.

Cat is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and sat on the board of Sound Women – a respected network which drive tangible change in the sector. She has also worked agency-side with brands across Technology, Hospitality, FMCG and Fashion.

Cat lives in Leicestershire with her husband and daughter. She also practices as an Executive and Life Coach and has a huge passion for music and travel.

Alison Ball
Alison Ball
Ali has been organising high profile events for over two decades.

Highlights include Bradley Cooper’s premiere party for The Hangover, the Hairspray premiere afterparty and illuminating Regent Street at Christmas with Samuel L Jackson.

She has launched albums for Alicia Keys and Usher, and wrapped TV hit shows (X Factor, First Dates and Big Brother) in style. Ali has launched a book for Joan Collins and organised glamorous birthday parties for Kate Moss and Mariah Carey.

Ali’s versatility extends far beyond showbiz. She has directed events with budgets as high as £1 million for global brands like British Airways, Google, Braun, Northern Shell and Credit Suisse, for 20 years.

Ali joined in 2016 as TRIC Event Director. She lives in Clapham with her partner and their daughter.

Gordon Dutch
Gordon Dutch
Gordon is a serial entrepreneur, having been involved in many successful businesses over the past 25 years, including BBG Distribution and most recently Peerless-AV.

He has launched a business consultancy agency specialising in Sales, Marketing, Press & PR called Re-Sauce

In April 2020, on HM Queens Elizabeth II birthday, Peerless-AV received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Only 7000 UK businesses have won this award since 1965.

Between 2008-2010 Gordon was listed in the “Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite” for the UK’s Fastest Growing Businesses, and in 2009 was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Mobile Electronics News. In June 2017 Gordon was also inducted into the Installation Awards Global Hall of Fame for Contribution to the AV Industry.

Known for his fun personality, he is a keen musician and lover of martial arts, which he has studied for over 20 years.

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 excellent 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.

Stuart Hopwood
Stuart Hopwood
Consumer Electronics career spanning 4+ decades, stemming from Hi-fi & Records retail, his progression led onto a career with HITACHI and beyond.

Since the 70’s to early 90’s, working with a great team, Stuart was at the forefront in HITACHI’s launching of many leading innovations including VCR, CD & Satellite TV.

His marketing and organisational skills became his platform to ultimately launch his own company in 1994, LINGUA FRANCA International, of which continues to this day.

Having vast experience and a discipline organising & directing B2B & B2C events, including UK & International conferences and exhibitions, his business continues to major within the Consumer Electronics and Domestic Appliance Industries.

Approach to work and social life is simple, enjoy with commitment & empathy. Socially, for the past 16 years Stuart continues to be an active Primary School Governor and always ‘looking up’ with other enjoyable interests including aviation and astronomy.


Mike Finchen
Mike Finchen
Mike worked in the UK broadcasting industry and has a long pedigree in TV channel launches on Freeview dating back to its launch in 2002. In recognition of his services to TRIC, Mike was elected as a Companion of TRIC in 2018.

He was closely involved with the Digital Switchover programme in both the UK and Gibraltar. He has held shareholder board positions with the Freeview marketing company (DTVSL), DUK, The Community Channel (Together TV) and has been on the TRIC committee for over 10 years, holding both the position of chair and vice-chair.

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.

He lives in Solihull with his wife Carole and is enjoying his retirement, being a grandparent, travelling, playing the piano and researching military history.

Tony Dugdale
Tony Dugdale
Tony has worked in the Television and Radio Industries since 1960.

Tony has a great passion for the Industry and has worked from Junior Salesman in the North, to being part a mix of Management teams across brands including Phillips, Samsung and Sharpe. In 1997, Tony set up his own Consultancy Business, Elliott Business Connexions.

Through the industry he has met some amazing people, including Her Majesty the Queen, Bobby Moore, Jack and Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst. Tony’s most memorable achievement was to arrange and host the Pye Celebrity Awards at the Hilton Hotel London in May 1984. The event was attended by Princess Anne, and raised £10,000 for the Riding for the Disabled charity.

Tony joined TRIC in 1964 and been a member of the TRIC Committee since 1997. Tony’s passions in life include his wife, Pat, his two children and his four grandchildren.

Jane Ostler
Jane Ostler
In her role as Global Head of Media (insights division) at Kantar, Jane is responsible for media effectiveness strategy. She ensures the evolution and delivery of solutions and expertise to address clients’ needs in a fast-changing world.

Prior to this, Jane led creative and media and creative digital units at Ogilvy, Mindshare and JWT before a spell in early-stage venture capital. She then moved client side to Digital UK, who managed the UK’s successful switchover from analogue to digital TV. She led on marketing strategy, managed agencies, execution and audience support, and subsequently moved in to the role of Communications Director at Digital Radio UK, then UK MD for the fast-growing Media & Digital team at Kantar Millward Brown.

Jane is also a qualified architect and has two teenage boys.

Terry Mobbs
Terry Mobbs
Terry joined the TRIC Committee in 1982, has served as TRIC Chairman and was elected Treasurer in 1998.

Terry is enjoying his retirement following a lifetime of work helping to build our illustrious industry.

Currently, Terry continues to lend his mind and his time to various good causes close to his home in High Kelling, North Norfolk. In his free time, Terry strives to improve his golf handicap!

Vic Bray
Vic Bray
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.

Vic was a Director of Domestic & General for 15 years.

Since retiring from D&G he and his wife spend the winter months in Barbados, where he teaches young children with learning difficulties to swim and Marion teaches them craft.

Brian Tesler CBE
Brian Tesler CBE
A past TRIC President (1979-80), Brian’s professional life in television began as a BBC producer in 1952. He moved to Independent Television with ATV in 1957, where he was the first winner of BAFTA’s Light Entertainment Production Award.

He joined ABC Television in 1960 as Head of Features and Light Entertainment, became its Controller of Programmes in 1962 and was appointed to its Board in 1964. In 1968 he became a founder-Director of Thames Television and in 1974 moved to London Weekend Television to become John Freeman’s Deputy Chief Executive and subsequently the company’s Managing Director (1976-84) and Chairman and Managing Director (1984-92). In 1982 he became a founder-Director of Channel 4. In June 1986 he was appointed CBE and in the same year was awarded Pye Television’s Lord Willis Trophy for Outstanding Services to Television. He retired as Deputy Chairman of LWT’s Holdings Company in 1994, when he set up his Multithon Charitable Trust.

In Memory of Bob Suppiah

Bob was one of the nicest colleagues you could be fortunate enough to work with. As a TRIC committee member, Bob was actively engaged, positive and forward thinking. A genuine talent and enthusiastic individual whom made you smile at every meeting.

The TRIC Committee send their heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and feel privileged to have know him.

Thank you Bob