Meet the team

A one stop shop of technical expertise and leadership

We’re a team of professionals with expert capabilities in technical and operational delivery, across broadcast and media, from ‘glass to glass’. Every one of our partners is handpicked for their professionalism, knowledge and experience.

This provides our customers with easy access to a uniquely skilled team of industry practitioners. With a total accumulated experience of over 300 years and 25 specialisms across the team, our capabilities are second to none.

Angus Blackwood

  • Specialist areas
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Operational Delivery
  • Programme Management
  • Transactional Due Diligence

I founded The Hawk Media Partnership to meet the needs of broadcast and media companies looking for a one stop shop in technical consultancy.

Broadcast & media is undergoing extraordinary change. Conventional linear TV is giving way to radical new models of media delivery. New players like Netflix, Amazon and Apple are pumping millions into production and rights acquisition. DAZN is on the warpath. Will BBC Match of the Day, which began in 1964, still have an audience in 2024?

These monumental changes, coupled with intense competition for eyeballs, mean that broadcasters and their suppliers need to be able to deliver media to consumers better than ever before – faultlessly, seamlessly and efficiently.

As Managing Director, I spend my time helping companies and teams perform at their best. I work with leading broadcast and media companies, helping them solve business and technical challenges. I’m also an auditor for the World Teleport Association, which involves assessing, certifying and advising satellite teleports on best practice. In addition, I provide technical advice covering due diligence, acquisitions and consolidation of broadcast and media companies.

Previously, I led engineering and operations teams at director-level positions for over 20 years. At Arqiva, I ran the teams providing all broadcast services across the UK, including terrestrial TV and radio, as well as satellite and OTT services. In my earlier career, I enjoyed working in various engineering positions at the European Space Agency, Airbus, Vega Telespazio and WorldSpace.

I’m a chartered engineer with a degree in engineering from Aberdeen University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Dan Cherowbrier

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Outside Broadcast
  • Training

I have a broad range of experience covering commercial strategy, negotiation, operational management and engineering design for broadcasters and service providers. Most recently I managed the engineering team that successfully completed the facility build and migration of all broadcast services from Babcock Media Services to Encompass. I have also recently advised broadcasters on technology, distribution and operational workflows. In 2013 I was awarded the Royal Television Society “Young Technologist of the Year”.

Jonathan Marshall

  • Specialist areas
  • Consulting
  • Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Innovation
  • Training

I am a leading creative visionary and technical innovator. I led the development of the BBC’s first interactive services, including the BAFTA-winning Wimbledon Red Button service. I also have a strong track record in building successful companies from scratch, creating and developing innovative technical solutions and achieving successful exits. I founded Connect TV to build the first hybrid TV service enabling content providers to gain access to the Freeview audience in a cost-effective way. Connect TV was acquired by Arqiva plc in 2012.

Recent articles by Jonathan

Karen Chilton

  • Specialist areas
  • Business Change
  • Customer Management
  • Programme Management
  • Technology Innovation
  • Training

I have been leading complex and challenging programmes and projects for over 20 years, both in the UK and internationally.  My clients have included major broadcasters such as the BBC, C5, Viacom, Radio Algérie, and Discovery. I specialise in projects which are innovative and therefore require a strong product awareness, or which bring significant business change to organisations. Accomplished in both agile and waterfall methodologies, I work with organisations to define the appropriate approach for delivery.

Recent successes include management of the migration of Babcock Media Services into Encompass Digital Media, which involved transitioning over 200 services in less than a year, and the build of a new MCR.  Prior to this, I oversaw delivery of Sky’s Adsmart (addressable advertising technology) for three major broadcasters.  At the smaller, though still challenging, end of the scale I led delivery of an innovative video distribution system, for public exhibition of theatre and film, for Cinegi Arts & Film.  Previously, I have provided support on new technology products for the British Council, NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and the European Broadcasting Union.  I am an assessor for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation.

Earlier in my career, I held the position of Executive Editor in the BBC, managing award-winning interactive media production and development teams.

Recent articles by Karen

Steve Palmer

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Operational Delivery
  • Radio Playout & Distribution
  • Service Management
  • Training

Coming from a background in Corporate IT and Broadcast Engineering, I have considerable experience in playout and distribution operations and support, focusing on international channel delivery for radio and TV. I’ve led teams working in Master Control Rooms and Playout areas, and specialise in Business Transition and Service Delivery Management. I have particular experience of delivering large scale change within the Broadcast Industry, gained over 15 years with the BBC and commercial broadcasters. I’ve worked on a number of ambitious projects within the industry, delivering successful transitions of services and facilities, and building new systems and processes – sometimes simultaneously!

I bring outstanding communication skills to fast-moving projects, articulating complex engineering principles to a non-technical audience. I’m a calm and methodical problem solver, and love building outstanding working relationships with stakeholders, trade unions, and colleagues across organisations.

Hannah Chambers

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Cloud & OTT
  • Live Production
  • Media Asset Management
  • Playout Automation

I’m a multi-skilled, experienced broadcast engineer with thirteen years in broadcast and media on challenging and exciting engineering projects and in support roles.

At QVC, I had responsibility for supporting all elements of their in-house broadcast chain, as well as, playing an active role in their Chiswick Park relocation project.

I held a key engineering role at ITV supporting all the Daytime programming and other high profile entertainment shows such as Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Graham Norton Show. I was a Technical Director for “Good Morning Britain”, and supported the GMB team on elections and referendums.

I supported the ITV Projects team on the installation of four different Calrec sound desks serving the ITV daytime shows, and larger-scale live entertainment shows.

I’ve held key roles in sport contribution for Tata Communications supporting productions for Formula One Management and DORNA at F1 & MotoGP races across the world.

I also successfully completed a Calrec sound desk and Riedel tailback installation for Maidstone Studios, both used extensively for live productions. Most recently I took a lead role in a demanding programme to build a completely new MCR for Encompass Digital Media in Chiswick.

I am a focused, innovative and dependable broadcast engineer who relishes opportunities to work in challenging, live environments and diverse groups of people. My biggest love is bridging that gap between creativity and technology which is often forgotten.

Kevin Moroney

  • Specialist areas
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Regulatory & Licensing
  • Spectrum Management
  • Transactional Due Diligence

I’ve worked in the broadcast sector for over twenty seven years in a variety of management roles including commercial, business development and managing regulated business. I am currently working with Encompass advising on a major investment in the broadcast sector. Prior to that I worked with various clients including Eurovision, 4M and Comux UK and also advised on the 700MHz clearance programme. As the Regulatory and Compliance Director, I led the regulated business of Arqiva which included responsibility for managing the company’s regulatory business for TV and radio. I was also responsible for compliance and managing relations with the UK industry regulators Ofcom and the Office of the Adjudicator – Broadcast Transmission. I was a member of the Arqiva senior management team overseeing a £750m infrastructure programme to enable Digital Terrestrial Television Digital Switch over in the UK. In 2002, I represented Crown Castle as one of the three partners in the launch of ‘Freeview’ and led negotiations with customers such as MTV, BSkyB, emap, Channel 4.

Ben Anchor

  • Specialist areas
  • Business Analysis
  • Cloud & OTT
  • Media workflow
  • Project management
  • Training

I’ve worked at the ‘hard end’ of broadcast for over a decade, involved in major tactical and strategic projects. A big fan of cloud, DevOps and agile methods, I have a solid technical grounding and balance this capability with working and communicating with people at all levels.

I’ve worked with broadcasters such as Channel 4, Discovery, ViaSat and alongside NBCUniversal and Turner. I’ve also worked for service providers such as Encompass, Ericsson and Arqiva, meeting their expectations in their programmes of work providing consulting on business requirements and contract services in linear, non-linear, cloud & on-prem systems.

Jeremy Smith

  • Specialist areas
  • Creative Services
  • Leadership
  • Operational Delivery
  • Project management
  • Training

With more than 25 years’ experience in broadcast television operations and programme-making, I offer unique leadership for hard-working teams, provide structure to complicated activities and solve knotty problems in pressured and dynamic environments to deliver efficiencies and clever solutions.

A hybrid background leading operational and technical teams for large and small businesses in the television industry together with experience writing, directing and editing programmes for ITV and BBC helps me bridge gaps of understanding between creative and operational parts of businesses.

Dave Hick

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Cloud & OTT
  • Linear Distribution
  • Media Asset Management
  • Playout Automation

Now in my 10th year of working in the broadcast industry, I have a versatile set of skills based on a core capability in broadcast and IT technologies. My experience includes providing support for hundreds of channels that use traditional playout, onpass and OTT methods as well as the associated distribution and monitoring for these services.

I have also been involved in projects to develop infrastructure for QA testing, the design, build, and configuration of servers to meet required specifications, as well as fitting out new operational facilities. I’m particularly focused on Cloud, OTT, and Playout technologies but I also maintain and develop my expertise in data networks and scripting/programming.

Most recently I have worked as part of the team that successfully migrated Babcock Media Services’ OTT MCR over to Encompass’ new London Media Centre in Chiswick. I’ve also recently provided engineering services for a number of facilities supporting Cloud, Playout, Automation, MAM, Transcoding, Networking, and Archive technologies.

Michele Blackwood

  • Specialist areas

I am an experienced business manager with a background in procurement, logistics and event management. My role at Hawk Media Partnership involves admin, bookkeeping, finance and marketing communications. I’m also an accomplished teacher and trainer, having spent 20 years in the education industry supporting both adult and child learning.

Jeff Malina

  • Specialist areas
  • Access Services
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Training

I have over 25 years’ media sector experience gained with Channel 4, the BBC and in media post-production working as the Director of Operations & Technology supplying services to UK and other European broadcasters. More recently I have advised media companies on operational efficiencies, service delivery planning and proposal preparation.

I am a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and I have an honours degree in engineering.  My earlier career included positions in systems consultancy at Honeywell Bull. I am a Development Mentor and Professional Interviewer for the IET.

Bob Oliver

  • Specialist areas
  • Leadership
  • Operational Delivery
  • Playout Automation
  • Post Production
  • Studios

I have considerable experience leading teams and large customer-facing operations in broadcast and media, including production, content management and distribution, and studio facilities. My experience includes 17 years at BSkyB as Operations Manager and then Director of Sky Operations, then progressing to Head of Playout for Arqiva.

Mark Plowman

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Linear Distribution
  • OTT Engineering
  • Satellite RF Engineering
  • Training

I have a broad range of experience over many years starting from electronic repair, through telecoms to cable TV technical support engineering and national management to most recently broadcast projects engineering and management.

My initiative and drive have always made me curious and enthusiastic to take on new and diverse technology. I have a friendly and inclusive approach with everyone I work with encouraging team working and effort that goes well beyond the 9-5.

In the last three years I have:

  • Migrated multiple live encode/Mux distribution platforms.
  • Created and delivered DVB/Harmonic NMX/Multicast and RF Training courses.
  • Evaluated, redesigned and Built a whole new satellite/terrestrial RF & optical over-lay distribution system and configured new remote circuits for satellite RX.
  • Project managed and engineered a 29 channel turnaround system.
  • Provided multiple zixi circuit deliveries.
  • Learned, redesigned and automated a Flowworks OTT Workflow platform using mysql and php scripts.

Angus Blackwood

Dan Cherowbrier

Ben Anchor

Bob Oliver

  • Specialist areas
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Operational Delivery
  • Programme Management
  • Transactional Due Diligence

Angus Blackwood

I founded The Hawk Media Partnership to meet the needs of broadcast and media companies looking for a one stop shop in technical consultancy.

Broadcast & media is undergoing extraordinary change. Conventional linear TV is giving way to radical new models of media delivery. New players like Netflix, Amazon and Apple are pumping millions into production and rights acquisition. DAZN is on the warpath. Will BBC Match of the Day, which began in 1964, still have an audience in 2024?

These monumental changes, coupled with intense competition for eyeballs, mean that broadcasters and their suppliers need to be able to deliver media to consumers better than ever before – faultlessly, seamlessly and efficiently.

As Managing Director, I spend my time helping companies and teams perform at their best. I work with leading broadcast and media companies, helping them solve business and technical challenges. I’m also an auditor for the World Teleport Association, which involves assessing, certifying and advising satellite teleports on best practice. In addition, I provide technical advice covering due diligence, acquisitions and consolidation of broadcast and media companies.

Previously, I led engineering and operations teams at director-level positions for over 20 years. At Arqiva, I ran the teams providing all broadcast services across the UK, including terrestrial TV and radio, as well as satellite and OTT services. In my earlier career, I enjoyed working in various engineering positions at the European Space Agency, Airbus, Vega Telespazio and WorldSpace.

I’m a chartered engineer with a degree in engineering from Aberdeen University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Outside Broadcast
  • Training

Dan Cherowbrier

I have a broad range of experience covering commercial strategy, negotiation, operational management and engineering design for broadcasters and service providers. Most recently I managed the engineering team that successfully completed the facility build and migration of all broadcast services from Babcock Media Services to Encompass. I have also recently advised broadcasters on technology, distribution and operational workflows. In 2013 I was awarded the Royal Television Society “Young Technologist of the Year”.

  • Specialist areas
  • Business Analysis
  • Cloud & OTT
  • Media workflow
  • Project management
  • Training

Ben Anchor

I’ve worked at the ‘hard end’ of broadcast for over a decade, involved in major tactical and strategic projects. A big fan of cloud, DevOps and agile methods, I have a solid technical grounding and balance this capability with working and communicating with people at all levels.

I’ve worked with broadcasters such as Channel 4, Discovery, ViaSat and alongside NBCUniversal and Turner. I’ve also worked for service providers such as Encompass, Ericsson and Arqiva, meeting their expectations in their programmes of work providing consulting on business requirements and contract services in linear, non-linear, cloud & on-prem systems.

  • Specialist areas
  • Leadership
  • Operational Delivery
  • Playout Automation
  • Post Production
  • Studios

Bob Oliver

I have considerable experience leading teams and large customer-facing operations in broadcast and media, including production, content management and distribution, and studio facilities. My experience includes 17 years at BSkyB as Operations Manager and then Director of Sky Operations, then progressing to Head of Playout for Arqiva.

Hannah Chambers

Jeremy Smith

Dave Hick

Jeff Malina

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Cloud & OTT
  • Live Production
  • Media Asset Management
  • Playout Automation

Hannah Chambers

I’m a multi-skilled, experienced broadcast engineer with thirteen years in broadcast and media on challenging and exciting engineering projects and in support roles.

At QVC, I had responsibility for supporting all elements of their in-house broadcast chain, as well as, playing an active role in their Chiswick Park relocation project.

I held a key engineering role at ITV supporting all the Daytime programming and other high profile entertainment shows such as Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Graham Norton Show. I was a Technical Director for “Good Morning Britain”, and supported the GMB team on elections and referendums.

I supported the ITV Projects team on the installation of four different Calrec sound desks serving the ITV daytime shows, and larger-scale live entertainment shows.

I’ve held key roles in sport contribution for Tata Communications supporting productions for Formula One Management and DORNA at F1 & MotoGP races across the world.

I also successfully completed a Calrec sound desk and Riedel tailback installation for Maidstone Studios, both used extensively for live productions. Most recently I took a lead role in a demanding programme to build a completely new MCR for Encompass Digital Media in Chiswick.

I am a focused, innovative and dependable broadcast engineer who relishes opportunities to work in challenging, live environments and diverse groups of people. My biggest love is bridging that gap between creativity and technology which is often forgotten.

  • Specialist areas
  • Creative Services
  • Leadership
  • Operational Delivery
  • Project management
  • Training

Jeremy Smith

With more than 25 years’ experience in broadcast television operations and programme-making, I offer unique leadership for hard-working teams, provide structure to complicated activities and solve knotty problems in pressured and dynamic environments to deliver efficiencies and clever solutions.

A hybrid background leading operational and technical teams for large and small businesses in the television industry together with experience writing, directing and editing programmes for ITV and BBC helps me bridge gaps of understanding between creative and operational parts of businesses.

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Cloud & OTT
  • Linear Distribution
  • Media Asset Management
  • Playout Automation

Dave Hick

Now in my 10th year of working in the broadcast industry, I have a versatile set of skills based on a core capability in broadcast and IT technologies. My experience includes providing support for hundreds of channels that use traditional playout, onpass and OTT methods as well as the associated distribution and monitoring for these services.

I have also been involved in projects to develop infrastructure for QA testing, the design, build, and configuration of servers to meet required specifications, as well as fitting out new operational facilities. I’m particularly focused on Cloud, OTT, and Playout technologies but I also maintain and develop my expertise in data networks and scripting/programming.

Most recently I have worked as part of the team that successfully migrated Babcock Media Services’ OTT MCR over to Encompass’ new London Media Centre in Chiswick. I’ve also recently provided engineering services for a number of facilities supporting Cloud, Playout, Automation, MAM, Transcoding, Networking, and Archive technologies.

  • Specialist areas
  • Access Services
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Training

Jeff Malina

I have over 25 years’ media sector experience gained with Channel 4, the BBC and in media post-production working as the Director of Operations & Technology supplying services to UK and other European broadcasters. More recently I have advised media companies on operational efficiencies, service delivery planning and proposal preparation.

I am a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and I have an honours degree in engineering.  My earlier career included positions in systems consultancy at Honeywell Bull. I am a Development Mentor and Professional Interviewer for the IET.

Jonathan Marshall

Karen Chilton

Kevin Moroney

Michele Blackwood

  • Specialist areas
  • Consulting
  • Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Innovation
  • Training

Jonathan Marshall

I am a leading creative visionary and technical innovator. I led the development of the BBC’s first interactive services, including the BAFTA-winning Wimbledon Red Button service. I also have a strong track record in building successful companies from scratch, creating and developing innovative technical solutions and achieving successful exits. I founded Connect TV to build the first hybrid TV service enabling content providers to gain access to the Freeview audience in a cost-effective way. Connect TV was acquired by Arqiva plc in 2012.

Recent articles by Jonathan

  • Specialist areas
  • Business Change
  • Customer Management
  • Programme Management
  • Technology Innovation
  • Training

Karen Chilton

I have been leading complex and challenging programmes and projects for over 20 years, both in the UK and internationally.  My clients have included major broadcasters such as the BBC, C5, Viacom, Radio Algérie, and Discovery. I specialise in projects which are innovative and therefore require a strong product awareness, or which bring significant business change to organisations. Accomplished in both agile and waterfall methodologies, I work with organisations to define the appropriate approach for delivery.

Recent successes include management of the migration of Babcock Media Services into Encompass Digital Media, which involved transitioning over 200 services in less than a year, and the build of a new MCR.  Prior to this, I oversaw delivery of Sky’s Adsmart (addressable advertising technology) for three major broadcasters.  At the smaller, though still challenging, end of the scale I led delivery of an innovative video distribution system, for public exhibition of theatre and film, for Cinegi Arts & Film.  Previously, I have provided support on new technology products for the British Council, NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and the European Broadcasting Union.  I am an assessor for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 innovation.

Earlier in my career, I held the position of Executive Editor in the BBC, managing award-winning interactive media production and development teams.

Recent articles by Karen

  • Specialist areas
  • Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Regulatory & Licensing
  • Spectrum Management
  • Transactional Due Diligence

Kevin Moroney

I’ve worked in the broadcast sector for over twenty seven years in a variety of management roles including commercial, business development and managing regulated business. I am currently working with Encompass advising on a major investment in the broadcast sector. Prior to that I worked with various clients including Eurovision, 4M and Comux UK and also advised on the 700MHz clearance programme. As the Regulatory and Compliance Director, I led the regulated business of Arqiva which included responsibility for managing the company’s regulatory business for TV and radio. I was also responsible for compliance and managing relations with the UK industry regulators Ofcom and the Office of the Adjudicator – Broadcast Transmission. I was a member of the Arqiva senior management team overseeing a £750m infrastructure programme to enable Digital Terrestrial Television Digital Switch over in the UK. In 2002, I represented Crown Castle as one of the three partners in the launch of ‘Freeview’ and led negotiations with customers such as MTV, BSkyB, emap, Channel 4.

  • Specialist areas

Michele Blackwood

I am an experienced business manager with a background in procurement, logistics and event management. My role at Hawk Media Partnership involves admin, bookkeeping, finance and marketing communications. I’m also an accomplished teacher and trainer, having spent 20 years in the education industry supporting both adult and child learning.

Steve Palmer

Mark Plowman

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Operational Delivery
  • Radio Playout & Distribution
  • Service Management
  • Training

Steve Palmer

Coming from a background in Corporate IT and Broadcast Engineering, I have considerable experience in playout and distribution operations and support, focusing on international channel delivery for radio and TV. I’ve led teams working in Master Control Rooms and Playout areas, and specialise in Business Transition and Service Delivery Management. I have particular experience of delivering large scale change within the Broadcast Industry, gained over 15 years with the BBC and commercial broadcasters. I’ve worked on a number of ambitious projects within the industry, delivering successful transitions of services and facilities, and building new systems and processes – sometimes simultaneously!

I bring outstanding communication skills to fast-moving projects, articulating complex engineering principles to a non-technical audience. I’m a calm and methodical problem solver, and love building outstanding working relationships with stakeholders, trade unions, and colleagues across organisations.

  • Specialist areas
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Linear Distribution
  • OTT Engineering
  • Satellite RF Engineering
  • Training

Mark Plowman

I have a broad range of experience over many years starting from electronic repair, through telecoms to cable TV technical support engineering and national management to most recently broadcast projects engineering and management.

My initiative and drive have always made me curious and enthusiastic to take on new and diverse technology. I have a friendly and inclusive approach with everyone I work with encouraging team working and effort that goes well beyond the 9-5.

In the last three years I have:

  • Migrated multiple live encode/Mux distribution platforms.
  • Created and delivered DVB/Harmonic NMX/Multicast and RF Training courses.
  • Evaluated, redesigned and Built a whole new satellite/terrestrial RF & optical over-lay distribution system and configured new remote circuits for satellite RX.
  • Project managed and engineered a 29 channel turnaround system.
  • Provided multiple zixi circuit deliveries.
  • Learned, redesigned and automated a Flowworks OTT Workflow platform using mysql and php scripts.

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