Leadership

Leadership

An experienced board that leads with purpose

Our board comprises highly experienced and visionary business leaders with an established record. The company’s vision is to position itself as the global brand of choice for all serious media makers.

Board

David Main

David Main

Chairman

David is currently a Director of Talisman Management Limited, a management advisory company for private equity groups. He brings experience in retail, consumer and B2B services sectors, as well as technology experience to the board of Forbidden. Previously he was Chief Executive of Swets Information Services for four years, a global media business providing services to publishers and libraries around the world. He has held a key board position with Gus Home Shopping, the largest home shopping company in the UK, and was also a partner with Bain & Company in the UK and North America.

Responsibilities

  • Chairman
  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Providing independent advice to the Board on all matters of company strategy, in particular business development
Ian-McDonough (1)

Ian McDonough

Chief Executive Officer

Ian brings considerable knowledge and experience of delivering growth and value in the global media sector. His core expertise is in building high-value and commercially innovative partnerships. During his five years at BBC Worldwide, he rose to become Executive Vice President and General Manager for one of seven global regions. Most recently, Ian covered the UK, Ireland, Nordic and Baltic countries as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Turner (formerly Turner Broadcasting). He previously held senior commercial posts at A&E Europe and Viacom Asia.

Responsibilities

  • Driving the company’s strategic direction and vision
  • Overseeing all aspects of the running of the company
  • Ensuring the calibre and level of staffing
  • Coordinating all functions and departments
Stephen Streater

Stephen Streater

Director of R&D

Stephen started his public company career as a founder of Eidos plc where his positions included Managing Director and Director of Video Technology. He founded and successfully floated Forbidden Technologies plc, where his combination of expertise in technology, business and finance has been instrumental in the evolution of this vibrant company. Stephen spends time presenting his revolutionary ideas to public audiences, both at exhibitions and in the press.

Responsibilities

  • Leading strategic technology direction
  • Managing the R&D team
  • Assisting with strategic discussions
Jonathan Lees

Jonathan Lees

Finance Director

Jonathan is an experienced finance director of listed and private equity backed entrepreneurial SMEs within technology enabled sectors. His first main board Finance Director role was at Eidos plc, later taking similar roles at DCS Group plc and First Artist plc. More recently he co-founded Duet Partners Limited, a corporate advisory firm that provides capital raising, M&A, strategic advisory, and interim executive services to high growth technology enabled businesses.

Responsibilities

  • Financing the company’s strategic direction and vision
  • Overseeing the day to day financing of the Company’s operations
  • Maximising profitability and cash generation
Jim Irving

Jim Irving

Director

Jim possesses a wealth of experience in developing and growing companies within the digital sports production sector. During his seven years as Commercial Director at deltatre Media, Jim worked his way up to a global responsibility role and secured many high-profile clients for the company. Prior to this, Jim held many roles in the sports technology arena, and was responsible for overseeing operations at two World Cups and two Euro Championships for the BBC. Most recently, Jim founded Fanview Consultancy LLP, a sports content & technology business.

Responsibilities

  • Providing independent advice to the Board on all matters of company strategy, in particular business development
Andrew Bentley

Andrew Bentley

Director

Andrew was Chairman of the University of Bedfordshire which under his tenure was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He founded and commercialised a number of media and technology businesses: Saffron Digital established itself as a global leader in mobile content delivery and the management and distribution of digital content of film and TV for mobile, and Andrew was founder and Executive Chairman at LP33.TV.

Previous positions have included President of Electrolux Home Products (EHP) International; CEO of EMI and Virgin Music Group Asia-Pacific; CFO of the Virgin Music Group; Head of Strategic Analysis at Safeway PLC and various roles at BP Exploration.

Responsibilities

  • Providing independent advice to the Board on all matters of company strategy, in particular business development

Board

David Main

David Main

Chairman

David is currently a Director of Talisman Management Limited, a management advisory company for private equity groups. He brings experience in retail, consumer and B2B services sectors, as well as technology experience to the board of Forbidden. Previously he was Chief Executive of Swets Information Services for four years, a global media business providing services to publishers and libraries around the world. He has held a key board position with Gus Home Shopping, the largest home shopping company in the UK, and was also a partner with Bain & Company in the UK and North America.

Responsibilities

  • Chairman
  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Providing independent advice to the Board on all matters of company strategy, in particular business development
Ian-McDonough (1)

Ian McDonough

Chief Executive Officer

Ian brings considerable knowledge and experience of delivering growth and value in the global media sector. His core expertise is in building high-value and commercially innovative partnerships. During his five years at BBC Worldwide, he rose to become Executive Vice President and General Manager for one of seven global regions. Most recently, Ian covered the UK, Ireland, Nordic and Baltic countries as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Turner (formerly Turner Broadcasting). He previously held senior commercial posts at A&E Europe and Viacom Asia.

Responsibilities

  • Driving the company’s strategic direction and vision
  • Overseeing all aspects of the running of the company
  • Ensuring the calibre and level of staffing
  • Coordinating all functions and departments
Stephen Streater

Stephen Streater

Director of R&D

Stephen started his public company career as a founder of Eidos plc where his positions included Managing Director and Director of Video Technology. He founded and successfully floated Forbidden Technologies plc, where his combination of expertise in technology, business and finance has been instrumental in the evolution of this vibrant company. Stephen spends time presenting his revolutionary ideas to public audiences, both at exhibitions and in the press.

Responsibilities

  • Leading strategic technology direction
  • Managing the R&D team
  • Assisting with strategic discussions
Jonathan Lees

Jonathan Lees

Finance Director

Jonathan is an experienced finance director of listed and private equity backed entrepreneurial SMEs within technology enabled sectors. His first main board Finance Director role was at Eidos plc, later taking similar roles at DCS Group plc and First Artist plc. More recently he co-founded Duet Partners Limited, a corporate advisory firm that provides capital raising, M&A, strategic advisory, and interim executive services to high growth technology enabled businesses.

Responsibilities

  • Financing the company’s strategic direction and vision
  • Overseeing the day to day financing of the Company’s operations
  • Maximising profitability and cash generation
Jim Irving

Jim Irving

Director

Jim possesses a wealth of experience in developing and growing companies within the digital sports production sector. During his seven years as Commercial Director at deltatre Media, Jim worked his way up to a global responsibility role and secured many high-profile clients for the company. Prior to this, Jim held many roles in the sports technology arena, and was responsible for overseeing operations at two World Cups and two Euro Championships for the BBC. Most recently, Jim founded Fanview Consultancy LLP, a sports content & technology business.

Responsibilities

  • Providing independent advice to the Board on all matters of company strategy, in particular business development
Andrew Bentley

Andrew Bentley

Director

Andrew was Chairman of the University of Bedfordshire which under his tenure was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He founded and commercialised a number of media and technology businesses: Saffron Digital established itself as a global leader in mobile content delivery and the management and distribution of digital content of film and TV for mobile, and Andrew was founder and Executive Chairman at LP33.TV.

Previous positions have included President of Electrolux Home Products (EHP) International; CEO of EMI and Virgin Music Group Asia-Pacific; CFO of the Virgin Music Group; Head of Strategic Analysis at Safeway PLC and various roles at BP Exploration.

Responsibilities

  • Providing independent advice to the Board on all matters of company strategy, in particular business development