It’s safe to say that Tess Alps is passionate about television. As the inaugural CEO of Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, and now its Chair, Tess is dedicated to promoting TV’s enduring effectiveness to the advertising and marketing community and explaining its exciting future. Prior to Thinkbox, Tess spent 13 years at PHD, a leading UK media agency, latterly as Group Chair, where she pioneered the concept of brand content. Tess is a member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. And, if that’s not enough, Tess was also voted Campaign’s ‘Media Leader of the Decade’ in 2013.


Dr. Karen Nelson-Field is one busy lady. As head of the Media Intelligence Co., Karen uses cognitive computing and artificially intelligent technologies to produce cutting-edge media research for global brands like Mars and Unilever.

Karen is also the Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Adelaide and is globally recognised as an innovator in media research. Her work has been referenced by the likes of Forbes, Fox Business, Bloomberg Business and AdAge, and her book, Viral Marketing: The Science of Sharing, is a best seller in its category. Karen was awarded the NewsCorp ‘Women in Innovation’ award in 2014 & 2015 and has also received the Telstra Business Women’s Award for ‘Business Innovation’.


Doug Peiffer is CEO of OzTAM, Australia’s official source of television ratings. With over 25 years of experience in audience measurement and research, Doug works tirelessly with television networks, media agencies and advertisers to help them get the most from OzTAM ratings in their planning and forecasting decisions.

Doug has also been the driving force behind the expansion of OzTAM’s ratings service to include the measuring and reporting of internet-delivered TV content.


Kim Portrate is the inaugural CEO of ThinkTV. With more than two decades of experience in the packaged goods, telco, finance and tourism industries, Kim is one of the top marketing minds in the country.

After establishing her career as brand manager at Unilever, she then honed her skills at Power Brewing, Pepsi Cola, Optus, AMP and Tourism Australia, just to name a few. Last year, Kim was recognised as one of the top 15 marketing officers in Australia by CMO.


As the chair of ThinkTV, Russel Howcroft is playing an important role in changing the perception that TV’s effectiveness is on the ­decline and is promoting TV as a powerful advertising platform.

Russel Howcroft is the Executive General Manager of the Ten Network and Chair of ThinkTV. Prior to joining Ten, Russel was CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands in Australia & New Zealand. He first fell in love with the advertising industry after doing a week’s work experience at McCann Erickson while completing his marketing degree. He shares his passion for advertising and marketing as a panellist on the ABC’s The Gruen Transfer.


Look no further than Richard Basil-Jones to gain a unique perspective of the Australian advertising market. Richard is the CEO of Ebiquity, Australia’s leading marketing analytics specialists. Ebiquity has the impressive task of monitoring, measuring and evaluating up to 15 million ads per year across every platform to ensure their clients get the most from their media campaigns.

Richard’s stellar career in media measurement includes 20 years with Nielsen, where he pioneered the introduction of electronic TV ratings in Australia and helped to develop various media services around the world.


Tim Worner is Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media Limited. He is also a Director and Chairman of Australian News Channel, which operates Sky News, and a Director of Yahoo!7, Free TV Australia and a Director of the JV with Foxtel, Presto. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Seven West Media, Mr Worner was CEO, Broadcast Television, and prior to that Director of Programming and Production for the Seven Network.

As CEO of Seven West Media, Australia’s leading listed national multi-platform media business, he continues to oversee the television business of the Seven Network (Seven, TWO and 7mate). In addition, he is also responsible for the company’s publishing businesses West Australian Newspapers and Pacific Magazines. The West is the leading newspaper in Western Australia, and Pacific Magazines is one of Australia’s two biggest magazine publishing businesses with titles including Better Homes and Gardens, New Idea, WHO, Marie Claire and InStyle. Also part of Mr Worner’s brief is developing Seven’s increasing online and new media presence, including the company’s Yahoo7 joint venture with Yahoo, Inc. and the Presto SVOD joint venture with Foxtel.

In 2014 Mr Worner was awarded the MIPTV-Médaille d’Honneur Award for his achievements in the television industry.


Hugh Marks is one of Australia’s most successful media executives. With 17 years of local and international experience in broadcasting, television and multi-media, he has an outstanding track record in identifying and developing creative talent, new business ideas, and emerging platforms and technologies.

His commercial acumen and strategic skills make him a market leader in structuring and packaging complex content and rights deals, as well as managing relationships across the media, production, advertising and government sectors.

Hugh’s leadership is embedded in a culture of high performance, creativity, cross-functional teamwork, innovation, focused execution and financial performance. His expertise in emerging platforms and technologies related to the creative industries includes developments in online, mobile and IPTV content plans and initiatives, both domestically and internationally.

Hugh’s involvement with Nine began in 1995 as legal counsel for two years. He then served as a director of Nine Films & Television and Nine Network Australia (1998-2002) before becoming CEO of both Southern Star Entertainment (2002-05) and the Southern Star Group (2005-09), overseeing more than 500 hours of film and TV production.


Paul Anderson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ten Network Holdings in July 2015. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Network. Paul was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2011, having held various senior finance roles at the company since he joined in 2003.

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ commercial experience in the New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. He qualified with KPMG in New Zealand before moving to the United Kingdom and holding various senior roles at CLS Holdings plc in London for eight years. He then relocated to Australia.

He has studied at the Stanford Graduate School of Management, is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia and a member of the Male Champions of Change.

Paul is a competitive cyclist, swimmer and runner. He lives on the northern beaches of Sydney with his wife and three children.


Peter Tonagh is the Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel Management Pty Limited.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel, Peter held positions at News Corp Australia as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Peter also held the role of interim Chief Executive Officer of the REA Group leading that business as the REA Board completed its search and appointment of its permanent CEO, Tracey Fellows.

Peter had previously worked with Foxtel for nine years, during which he held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for the overall strategy, including the acquisition and integration of Austar and channel negotiations and relationships, and oversaw a significant increase in Foxtel’s expenditure on content, including original local production.

Prior to joining Foxtel, he was Vice President and Director of The Boston Consulting Group, working across Australia and New Zealand and throughout Asia.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD, Europe’s leading business school, where he graduated on the Dean’s Merit List.


Joe Pollard became Chief Marketing Officer and Group Executive Media on 9 October 2015 after serving as Group Managing Director Marketing and Media.

Joe is an experienced media and marketing executive with over 30 years experience in business leadership positions in the marketing, media and digital industries in Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the United States and Japan. Joe joined Telstra from Nine Entertainment where she was a Non Executive Director.  Previous roles include CEO of Publicis Mojo, Sales and Marketing Director for Nine Entertainment and CEO of Nine MSN. Joe also spent ten years at Nike Inc in the United States running their global media investments, direct to consumer digital channels and branded content divisions.

She is currently a Non Executive Director of AMP Bank Limited and a member of Chief Executive Women.


Tim is CEO and co-founder of Airtasker – a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes – online or via mobile.

Tim is also a founder and director of Tank Stream Labs – a co-working space and entrepreneurial community located in the heart of Sydney CBD.

Prior to starting Airtasker, Tim was a founding team member and investor in mobile startup amaysim, playing a key role in strategy and capital raising.  He is a founder and director of several web startups, including online custom shirt design business Joe Button, and motorsport event management group Circuit Club.

Tim has worked as a consulting talent agent at Chic Management and before this, spent five years as an investment banking executive at Macquarie Bank.  Tim has a B.Commerce (marketing) from UNSW and was a recipient of the 2016 UNSW Young Alumni award.


Hugo Schreuder is the Founding CEO of Youi Insurance in Australia, turned Group CMO. After relocating from South Africa ten years ago to start the insurance business in Australia, Hugo handed the Australian CEO responsibilities over to focus on the group’s marketing strategies and new business opportunities.

Hugo brings over a decade of advertising and media experience to the business and is a chartered accountant and chartered management accountant.


Rita is a senior marketing and communication executive with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate positioning, social and behaviour change marketing.

Rita currently holds the role of Executive Director Marketing and Campaigns at TfNSW.  In this role she leads a team charged with: positively positioning public transport and driving patronage growth (most recently through Opal), the development and delivery of an extensive road and maritime safety campaign program focussed on reducing death and injuries across NSW and using communications to minimise disruption to Sydneysiders brought about by the traffic changes required to facilitate the rollout of the biggest transport infrastructure program undertaken by the State.

Prior to joining TfNSW in early 2012, Rita held senior executive roles in the Government tourism sector including stints at Tourism NT and Tourism New Zealand, where she was accountable for global marketing and communications, branding, digital transformation projects, public affairs and media management.

Prior to this she worked in Public Affairs at Qantas, the United States Information Service and Quay Connection, a consulting practice providing social marketing  and issues management counsel to a range of Government Departments including; Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Immigration, Department of Health and Ageing and the Department of Education, Science and Training.

Rita holds a BA Hons Degree from Melbourne University and a Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology from the AGSM.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and has served as a non-executive director on a number of Government and not-for-profit Boards.