Richard Dikstra

Richard has been a Director of Belle Media since mid 2009. He wrote the Media Services section of England’s World Cup 2018 bid and directed all commercial aspects of the emerging social media platform, Tiger Nation. He was responsible for Belle Media’s Poppins Project, part of Innovate UK’s Long Term Care Revolution initiative.

Profile

Before joining Belle Media, Richard held a variety of senior roles with companies he also helped establish, including Artem Digital a leading provider of digital assets to Film and Television post-production and to the Video Games sector. Major clients included:- Warners, Universal, BBC, BSkyB, Disney, EA, SCEE, SCEJ, Capcom, and a range of leading London VFX companies.

Prior to this he founded Metro Cable – backed by UK Venture Capital investor 3i Group plc. The main operations were sold to NTL, now Virgin Media. Other career highlights include working with Hutchison-Whampoa in Hong Kong were he successfully argued the case for telecommunications competition and planned a multi-channel broadcast production facility that morphed into Star TV. Back in the UK he devised the sub-contractor model and business case now used in televising the UK Parliament.

Richard started work with BT plc and was one of the pioneers of multi-channel media: working in both satellite broadcasting and cable. He has wide experience in regulatory issues having negotiated the first Telecoms Act 1984 Licence and won a number of LDO Franchise Applications. He led the 120 strong team building the UK’s first new broadband cable network in Aberdeen (serving 97,000 homes) and later helped establish a number of well-known broadcast channels, including MTV Europe and Discovery UK.

Other Information

An established Business Angel he has investments in a number of Tech companies and is also a non Exec Director of Specialist Travel Company – Steppes Group. A passion for wildlife and travel saw him help found Discovery Initiatives – an innovator in tourism as an agent for conservation. Discovery worked with NGO’s across the world and contributed over £1.5million to conservation projects.

For 2 years he was a Non–Exec Director of Dimensional Imaging an award winning spin-out from Glasgow University specializing in 3D and 4D medical imaging.

He is a Member of BAFTA, the IoD and the RTS and is a Fellow of the RSA. Interests include film, theatre, travel, golf, rugby, and wildlife photography.