Simon Shaps spent 25 years working at ITV and is the former CEO of the company’s global production business, and from 2005 to 2008 was ITV’s Director of Television, with responsibility for commissioning and scheduling across ITV1 and all ITV’s digital channels.

Since leaving ITV, Simon has chaired the National Film and Television school, and has also chaired a portfolio of television production, distribution and branded entertainment businesses. He is currently the TV and Film consultant for the literary agency Capel Associates, working on television and feature film adaptations of fiction and non-fiction titles. Simon is the former chair of the Royal Television Society and UK television’s Cultural Diversity Network.