Board of Directors

Philip Bowman


Philip was appointed Chair of Sky in September 2019. Philip is a distinguished businessman who has led several major global companies and served on the board of a significant number of public and private companies. Philip brings knowledge of the media sector, including having served on the board of Sky UK for ten years. Other roles include Group Finance Director of Bass, CEO of Bass Retail, CEO of Allied Domecq, CEO of Scottish Power, CEO of Smiths Group, senior non-executive director of Burberry, Chairman of Liberty, Chairman of Coral Eurobet, Chairman of Miller Group, and non-executive director of Scottish & Newcastle. He currently sits on the boards of Kathmandu, Ferrovial SA and Better Capital PCC. Philip has a degree with honours in Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge) and Master in Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Peter Macourt


Peter was appointed as chairman of the board of Sky in August 2002. He is a director of Prime Media Limited and Virtus Limited, and a former director and chief operating officer of News Limited based in Sydney, Australia. Previously Peter has also served as a director of Premier Media, Foxtel, Independent Newspapers Limited and a number of subsidiaries and associated companies of the News Corporation Limited. He holds a degree in commerce from the University of New South Wales, is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is chairman of Sky’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Related Parties Committee.

Martin Stewart

Chief Executive and Director

Martin joined Sky as Chief Executive in February 2019 and was appointed to the board in April 2019. A highly-regarded media sector operator with a wealth of experience in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, Martin brings a valuable international perspective to Sky. In the TMT space Martin has been CEO of OSN, the leading pay TV network in the Middle East and was CFO of Sky in the United Kingdom when Sky launched its digital platform and the company doubled its subscriber base in 4 years. Other major roles include CFO of the Football Association in the UK, CEO of ONO (Cable Europa in Madrid), and CFO and Executive Director of EMI Group.

Susan Paterson ONZM


Susan began her career as a pharmacist and later completed a MBA at London Business School, leading to a career in management and strategy consulting in New Zealand, Europe and the United States of America. She has been a professional director for over 20 years, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Susan is Chair of Steel and Tube and Theta, and a director of Goodman NZ, Arvida Group, ERoad and Les Mills NZ. She is also a Member of the Electricity Authority, Chair of Home of Cycling (Avantidrome) and NZ Golf Board, and past director or Chair of a number of commercial infrastructure and growth companies and not for profit entities including Airways Corp, Transpower New Zealand, Abano Healthcare, Housing New Zealand, Auckland Hockey, the NZ Eco-Labelling Trust, St. Cuthbert's College and EECA. Previously she was an external Monetary Policy Advisor to the Reserve Bank Governor. In 2015 Susan was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to corporate governance.

Geraldine McBride


Geraldine was appointed to the board in September 2013. A renowned Enterprise Business Technology and AI thought leader with a science background, Geraldine’s global career spans 30 years, with senior executive roles in IBM, Dell and SAP. Her most recent roles were President & CEO of SAP North America and SAP Asia Pacific Japan. Geraldine is a Director of National Australia Bank, and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare. She is also CEO & Director of MyWave, a market leading Enterprise AI company focused on Intelligent Personalisation by putting the customer at the centre of business.

Derek Handley


Derek was appointed to the board in September 2013. Derek is an entrepreneur who created the Aera Foundation, a venture studio advancing new models that fuse social and financial goals. Before that he spent two years helping Sir Richard Branson set up the B Team, a global non-profit leadership collective. In 2001 at the age of 23, he co-founded The Hyperfactory, one of the first agencies in the world to recognise the power of mobile devices for connecting consumers, brands and mass media (acquired by NYSE-listed Meredith Corporation). Derek has attended Massey University, MIT Sloan School of Management, Singularity University.

Mike Darcey


With an extensive track record of strategy and delivery across television, publishing and technology, Mike was appointed to the board in September 2017. A New Zealander, he has lived and worked in the UK since 1989. Fifteen of those years were spent at Sky UK, initially as the Director of Strategy, then six years as Chief Operating Officer. He played a prominent role in most of Sky UK's major strategic decisions and its major commercial and regulatory dealings during this period. From 2013 to 2015 Mike was CEO of News UK. Since 2015, Mike has had a series of non-executive roles and these currently include Chairman of M247 (a global connectivity and cloud services provider), Chairman of British Gymnastics, and director of Arqiva (the UK’s main independent provider of television broadcast and mobile infrastructure). He also provides strategic consulting services in the media sector.

Joan Withers


Joan was appointed to the board in September 2019. She brings a wealth of experience spanning a 25-year career in the media industry, including CEO positions at Fairfax and the Radio Network as well as being the former Chair of TVNZ. Joan’s depth of governance experience includes her current roles as Chair of The Warehouse Group, Chair of Mercury, and a director of ANZ NZ, and previously Chair of Auckland International Airport. Joan is a Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation, and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland Maori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Auckland. In 2015 Joan was named Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards and was named as Chairperson of the Year in the Deloitte Top 200 Management Awards.