Advisory Board

Bernie is a creative and energetic leader who has been involved in business in various sectors for a number of years in both executive and non-executive director roles. Bernie is CEO of Pragma Advisory, a practice providing strategic planning, growth execution and people management solutions to companies nationally and internationally.

Bernie was previously CEO of Clarigen, providing software and service based solutions for companies in the small and medium enterprise sector across Europe and Africa. Prior to Clarigen, Bernie was CEO of SteelTrace, an Irish software ware company selling around the globe – sold to Compuware Corporation in 2006 and COO of Performix Technologies which was sold to NICE Corporation. In the late 90’s, Bernie was CEO of Novum as an appointee of investors to resuscitate the company and previously held a number of senior roles within the Virgin Group in London and Sydney.

Bernie is a non-executive director of Crest Solutions Ltd., an Irish company providing compliance control solutions to the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors as well as its UK operations, is a non-executive director of digital transformation specialists, Each & Other and Benefacts, a not for profit organisation.
Bernie is Deputy Chairman of Science Foundation Ireland and is a Trustee of DCU. Bernie has a BComm and MBA from UCD and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

David has been working as an independent consultant since 2000. Since then, he has spent most of his time in a mentoring role with CEOs and senior management, facilitating strategic planning and organisational development.

Prior to this, David worked at senior levels in 5 different multinational companies over a period of almost 30 years, holding GM/ MD/ CEO positions for 10 years.

David has lived and worked in Belgium, USA and the UK, and has been responsible for growing businesses in several international economies. He has served as Chairman or non- executive director in several companies. He is currently Chairman of Xcelerator Machine Translations, as well as chairing a Governance Board on behalf of Science Foundation Ireland.

David graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1971 with an Honours degree in Natural Sciences, and completed an MSc in Management Practice in 1987. He also holds a diploma from in Executive Coaching from UCD/Smurfit.

His non-work related interests include his family, rugby and golf.

John joined Grant Thornton in 2014 as a Partner and heads up the firm’s Media and Entertainment Practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton John was with a large Dublin accountancy and business advisory practice where he was a tax partner. John has over 20 years commercial experience in providing tax advice and advisory services to individuals and corporates across a broad range of issues and tax heads. He has particular experience in film and television projects having raised finance and advised on a broad range of transactions involving numerous large international television series, animation series for the US market and numerous feature films, including: Vikings, Ripper Street, Camelot, Moone Boy, Frank and The Guard. He also has considerable experience in advising high net worth individuals and owner-managed businesses with a particular focus on the media and entertainment sector in Ireland and abroad. John has been credited with financing and producing over 100 projects on IMDB.

Paul Jackson was CEO, Eyeworks UK supervising their format and Entertainment business from 2009-2012. Until December 2008 he was ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy after working as Granada’s Chief Executive Officer in America until February 2006. Before that, Paul worked in Australia as Chief Executive Officer of Granada Productions and spent a period back in the UK as Director of International Production and Entertainment.

He went to Australia from the BBC where he held the role of Controller of Entertainment and Comedy, responsible for five output departments working in television, radio and online.

Paul Jackson was a key member of the original management team, which wrote Carlton’s successful application for the London weekday franchise. He then became Director of Programmes for the new licensee and was appointed Managing Director when the station went on-air in January 1993.

He has a distinguished record as a programme producer. His hits include the BBC’s cult sci-fi sit-com Red Dwarf, 3 Of A Kind (BAFTA & MONTREUX ROSE WINNER) and The Young Ones (BAFTA WINNER), He also co-produced an Oscar-winning success in 1988 with the comedy live action short The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which starred American comedian Steven Wright and Rowan Atkinson.

Whilst he was CEO of Granada America, the company achieved a run of successes in both broadcast and cable television, including Hell’s Kitchen on Fox and Hit Me Baby One More Time on NBC, both number one shows of the week in the 18-49 demos. Hell’s Kitchen is now in its eleventh series for the Fox network.

Paul achieved several notable successes in the Entertainment and Comedy fields during his time at ITV, most obviously Britain’s Got Talent the highest rated Entertainment show in British TV of the decade and the BAFTA nominated Benidorm which is ITV’s first successful returning comedy series for five years.

From 1994 to 1996 Jackson was Chairman of the Royal Television Society. He was Chairman of Comic Relief from its launch until 1999 and was also Chairman of its parent, Charity Projects.

In 2004 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his old University in Exeter. He was also a Visiting Professor in the School of English at Exeter. He broadcasts regularly on Radio Four, including his series In Conversation With, which ran for five years and he now fronts Britain In A Box, which has so far run for four series.

Since becoming a freelance television consultant in 2012, he has worked extensively in the UK, the USA, Australia, Israel, Korea and China as well as many European markets. His clients have included All3Media, Keshet Broadcasting, Videojug, CCTV, Shenzhen TV, Hunan TV, SMG, KOCCA, and ITV Studios USA.