Thames Valley

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The Thames Valley Centre was formed in 1991 in response to a considerable demand for a local centre from RTS members living in and around the Reading and Newbury areas.

The Thames Valley Centre runs a programme of lectures, workshops, masterclasses and awards throughout the year.

The Centre enjoys a current membership of over 300 drawn mostly from the manufacturing companies in the area.

As the Thames Valley Centre lies in the centre of the largest concentration of television technology manufacturing companies in the country, its membership has a strong technological bias and covers topics that impact the commercial aspects of television as well as reviews of major industry exhibitions, which are also covered.

As well as an annual series of lectures on subjects of technical, creative and general interest the Centre has a strong events calendar which includes an Annual Winter Ball and local visits. Members and non-members are welcome at all events.

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For more information about upcoming events or to join the Thames Valley Centre, email chair Tony Orme.

Thames Valley Committee

Tony Orme - Chair 

 Technology Solutions Director at Orme Solutions

Providing the simplest solution needed to deliver customised workflows to integrate media broadcast cloud and IT

Gerald Phillips - Vice Chair

Systems Engineer at Arista Networks

An experienced broadcast technologist working across the organisation, driving the transition from SDI to IP/Ethernet based networks

Penny Westlake - Honorary Secretary

Director Europe, at Interra Systems​

Business development, sales, new product development, technical project management, pre-sales architect, international operations and channel development, contract negotiation, building and managing new teams.

Geoff Love - Honorary Treasurer

Solutions Architect at tvprojects Ltd

A dynamic, hands-on, engineer with over 30 years broadcast industry experience, innovative and resourceful with a practical and informal team driven approach.

Dave Bancroft

 Bancroft Technical Consulting

Mark Couto

Broadcast Engineer

Lyndsay Duthie

Associate Professor, Broadcaster, TV Exec & Author

Lyndsay is the Associate Professor for the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and Head of the Film & TV programme, a Creative Skillset Academy. Lyndsay has led the course to multiple wins at the Royal Television Society awards and to become part of the World Association of Film & TV Schools (CILECT). 

Sadie Groom

Managing Director of a global PR, marketing and events agency at Bubble Agency

Founder of Rise, a group for women in broadcast

John Ive

IABM Director of Strategic Insight

BA MIET Ceng, Life Fellow SMPTERTS Fellow & Silver Medal Holder, Honorary Member IABM.

Julian Knight

Director at Aestar Solutions & Managed Projects Ltd

CTO, broadcast consultant, bid manager and project director, with over 37 years’ experience

Robin Lince

48 years experience in Broadcast Industry, working as a practitioner, video editor, kit supplier. Moved into manufacturing in product management marketing. Currently semi-retired and working as a consultant.

Tim Marshall OBE

Group Chairman at Getmapping Plc

A experienced non-executive chair/director in private and public enterprise from start-ups to multi-national high brand value companies. Sectors include telecommunications, media, e-learning, television and sport. Specific business interests include the shift to TV over IP and the opportunities and challenges that this brings to the production industry.

Simon Morice

Good video equipment is cheap, almost anybody can afford the kit to make a film. But good kit alone does not make a good film.

MC Patel

Founder and CEO at Emotion Systems

Matt Robbins

Owner, TV-BAY Limited

Patrick Woolcocks

Account Manager, Sematron

Broadcast and Media Technology Sales Specialist

Kara Myhill - Marketing & Events Manager & Centre Coordinator 

Account Director, Manor Marketing 

Strategy, content marketing, digital marketing and social media professional.

 

 

Our Mission

Inspire, Educate & Entertain

Thames Valley Centre aims to provide;

Knowledge sharing for those pursuing and advancing careers in media and entertainment technologies.

Bridging the disparity of understanding between technical subjects and real-world application through discussion forums, networking and industry expert talks.

And the Thames Valley Centre is committed to simplifying technology and improving accessibility for all.

 

The Thames Valley Centre was formed in 1991 in response to a considerable demand for a local centre from RTS members living in and around the Reading and Newbury areas.