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 Financial Director 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.