Who We Are
AIME Executive Board
Ed Boddington ("Bod"), CEO and Founder, Harvest Media Group
Bod founded Harvest Media Group in 2004 after selling his UK business, Telescope UK to iTouch PLC in 2002. Telescope was founded in 1998 and grew rapidly to become a world record breaker with its voting management platform for the “Pop Idol” TV series in 2002 on behalf of FremantleMedia and ITV.
Bod serves as the Group CEO of Harvest, which owns two subsidiaries, Harvest UK and Telescope Inc in the United States. Harvest UK, based in London provides interactive services for a number of leading TV brands including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, as well as programmes for the BBC and various other media and production companies. Telescope in the US pioneered voting on the world’s biggest entertainment format ‘American Idol’. The group is owned by the founding shareholders and backed by Fleming Family and Partners.
In his role as chairman Ed will oversee and steer AIME through its various core functions including representing AIME members’ interests to industry regulatory bodies such as Ofcom, PhonePayPlus (‘Bod’ sat on the board of the premium rate regulator between 2005-8) and the ASA, and also help members to connect with each other through various initiatives to advance all forms of Interactive Media business.
Jeremy Flynn, Non-Executive Director, Orca
Jeremy Flynn has been an industry leader in the UK mobile content market, with 6 years experience in a variety of roles in the content value chain. He specialises in working with PRS providers to reduce the risk of regulatory action by improving staff knowledge and installing robust company processes.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Orca, a Technical Service Provider specializing in delivering and monetising video and interactive services, connecting users across the web and mobile.
Previously he was Head of Commercial Partnerships at Vodafone UK, where he was responsible for the Off Portal Direct-to-Consumer business. In this role for 4 years he drove the UK successful free-market approach to facilitating the off portal mobile content market. Prior to this, he was at Motorola responsible for EMEA business in mobile application platforms and services. Jeremy is AIME's representative for the PhonepayPlus Industry Liaison Panel (ILP)
Rory Maguire, Independant Board Member
Rory is a champion for creating the environment for Content and Service Providers to be able to flourish with their services while ensuring consumers are protected from the unsavoury practises of a minority of individuals.
Rory is a member the Payforit Management Group, the Mobile Contactless Forum and a board member of AIME (2008-2012).
Rory has worked in mobile telecommunications since 1992 and spent time in the premium rate telephony industry and the Internet application services industry.
Graham Pottie, COO, BT Agilemedia
I am the COO of BT Agilemedia responsible for finance, regulation, product management and operations and have a long history of launching and managing successful online commerce and mobile based businesses.
In the past two years as a member of the AIME Board, I have led the AIME Voice Services and Charity Working Groups and represented AIME to Ofcom and PhonepayPlus. A current priority is driving AIME’s shaping of the Ofcom consultation on Higher Rate services.
I am married with three children and am a keen (but flawed) golfer, cyclist and London Scottish RFC fan.
Chris Newell, CEO, ImpulsePay
Chris is the CEO and founder of ImpulsePay. Since starting the company in 2009 it’s developed into a leading pioneer of Payforit, by fostering close working relationships with businesses across a broad range of industries. He is also involved with AIME’s Future Media Group and helped create the Payment Market Map during 2011. Chris is also part of AIME's Payforit working group and has helped create the Payforit road map, which is steering the current development of Payforit 4.
Prior to ImpulsePay, Chris started Interlinked Media in 2002, which expanded to the USA in 2006. The highlight was working on Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination campaign in 2008. Following her exit the business created a franchise program that quickly grew and was successfully sold in 2010.
Rob Ellis, Managing Director, Telecom Express
Rob joined Telecom Express in August 2010 with extensive experience successfully leading and managing companies in the areas of mobile, technology, internet, digital, social networking and social media. Rob was previously European CEO of mobile software company Datasquirt and owner of mobile and strategy consulting company Black Note. Over the past 10 years Rob has also been COO of Amplefuture Group, a London-based technology, mobile and internet group of companies, as well as Managing Director of mobile content and services company iTouch where he was responsible for growing the company into one of the UK’s leading premium interactive voice and mobile data companies. Before moving to the UK in 2001, Rob was Managing Director of Telstra New Zealand.
Rob Weisz, Vice President of Sales, Velti Plc
Bio coming soon!
Paul Gill, Head of Commissioning, Interactive, ITV Plc
Bio coming soon!
Phil Davies, Director, Commercial Development, OpenMarket
Phil Davies is Director of Commercial Development at OpenMarket. Since joining MX Telecom (now OpenMarket) in 2003, Phil has held positions covering product management, industry relations and finance. He has responsibility for strategic policy positions and heads up the MNO relations and Regulatory & Compliance teams. Phil has extensive knowledge and experience of the commercial and regulatory climate surrounding messaging and mobile payment products, and has been heavily involved in the evolution of SMS, MMS, Premium SMS, Payforit, VAT-free mobile payment transactions for the charity and gambling verticals and Location Based Services.
Toby Padgham, Managing Director, AIME
Toby has been Managing Director of AIME since its formation in 2007. During this time AIME has grown rapidly as a members organisation and Toby has launched several products, including the successful series of ‘Knowledge & Networking’ events and the Industry recognised training program for PRS and micropayments. He has over 15 years experience representing the interests of companies involved in the interactive media and mobile payments industry, having founded the trade organisation Network for Online Commerce (NOC) in 2000 and the International Telemedia Association in 1995. In 2000 Toby formed WTH Group Ltd, launched the consultancy services company NOCS Ltd, bought the events company World Telemedia Ltd from United News & Media, launched the trade publication Telemedia Magazine in 2001 and a further event AOE in 2003 - eventually selling his WTH interests in 2007.
Board Legal Advisor
Sally Weatherall, Managing Director, Strategic Brief Limited
Sally Weatherall, founder and Managing Director of Strategic Brief Limited has over fifteen years experience working in senior roles in the technology and new media industry, including internet service providers, interactive mobile services, software developers and media content providers. She was previously Managing Director of WIN plc’s New Media division managing premium rate services and broadcast media clients. International experience includes International Director of Regulatory Affairs at UUNET Technologies (formerly PIPEX), and Group Commercial Director of e2v Technologies plc. She is a current Board member (and former Chair) of AIME, a founding director of the Internet Watch Foundation and has participated in the work of various regulatory bodies including PhonepayPlus, OFCOM, ASA, European Commission and UK government departments. Strategic Brief Limited provides technology companies with commercial management services regarding business development opportunities and regulatory compliance, in the UK and overseas. A solicitor with an MBA from London Business School, and exclusive industry experience ensures Sally has a solid understanding of both regulatory requirements and commercial imperatives.