Ron was the founder of Tinopolis in 1990 and has led the company since that time. He was previously a partner in the accounting and consultancy firm Arthur Andersen. Ron took the Company public in 2005 and this led to a rapid expansion including a hostile takeover of the largest listed production company at that time, The Television Corporation PLC. In 2008 Ron and his management team took Tinopolis private in partnership with Vitruvian Partners. Subsequently the group has grown to become one of the largest independent producers in the world.
Ron is chairman of the Welsh Government's advisory panel for the creative industries and an honorary fellow of Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is a former member of the Sports Council for Wales (now Sport Wales) and the Welsh Language Board. Ron was formerly Treasurer of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, and is a director and former Chairman of the Llanelli Scarlets. He has been awarded the CBE for his services to the media industry.
Arwel joined the company in early 2004 at the start of its growth to become one of Europe’s leading independent production companies. Prior to this he worked for many years for the US industrial group, Woodhead Industries where he was an Executive Vice President, and President of European Operations. During his time at Woodhead Industries he achieved significant growth in the European business through growing and acquiring businesses in Wales, Italy, Germany, Holland and France.
Jennifer joined the company in 2005. Prior to this she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
She is the CFO for the Tinopolis Group of Companies, including Mentorn, Sunset+Vine, Pioneer Films and Daybreak Pictures.
John Willis, who joined Mentorn and Tinopolis in November 2006, is one of the best known figures in the television industry, with high profile roles including Director of Programmes at Channel 4, Managing Director of LWT and United Productions, Vice President of National Programmes at WGBH and most recently the BBC's Director of Factual and Learning.
John began his career at Yorkshire Television where he won a string of awards for his hard-hitting documentary programmes such as Johnny Go Home. He later became Controller of Documentaries and Current Affairs, where he started the acclaimed documentary series First Tuesday.
In 1988, he joined Channel 4 as Controller of Factual Programmes, introducing new documentary stands like Cutting Edge, True Stories and Secret History. Later promoted to Director of Programmes he oversaw a number of successful programmes and films in several genres.
David joined Tinopolis in January 2017 and is responsible for the group’s overall production strategy, creative direction and performance, working across the portfolio of production companies both in the UK and the US.
Prior to joining Tinopolis, David was Senior Vice President, Factual & Entertainment at NBCUniversal, overseeing the studio’s international unscripted production companies in the UK, Australia, Canada and Asia. Over the course of three years, he grew the unscripted business from just 12 hours in 2011 to over 150 hours, winning commissions from key territories including the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, France and Germany for shows ranging from Made in Chelsea (Channel 4) and The Real Housewives franchise (Bravo, ITVBe, Foxtel, Corus) to Driving School of Mum & Dad (Sky 1) and QuizUp (NBC).
Prior to that, David was Co-founder and Managing Director of independent production company, Fever Media alongside Richard Hopkins, specialising in factual and entertainment programming. Credits include 71 Degrees North (ITV), The People’s Quiz (BBC One), Bang Goes the House (Sky One), Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC Three), Murder Most Famous (BBC Two), Britain’s Bravest (Channel 5) and America’s Next Top Pop Group (MTV).
David has also held various production and commissioning roles at the BBC. During his 15 years at the public broadcaster he built a new BBC Entertainment department in London, Manchester and New York, launched Dragons’ Den, and produced the Emmy-award winning Michael Moore’s TV Nation as well as the BAFTA winning Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and When Louis Met...