Colin Philpott

Colin Philpott
Senior Strategy Advisor, Overlap UK

Colin Philpott has extensive experience as a senior leader committed to transformational change in the UK cultural and media sectors. He worked for the BBC for 25 years working on a range of news, current affairs and documentary programmes as a reporter, presenter, producer, editor and senior manager.

His last role in the BBC was Head of BBC Yorkshire where he oversaw a major overhaul of staffing, programming and premises, including turning round of the BBC’s audiences in Yorkshire reversing a position where ITV had previously been the market leader.

As Director of the UK’s National Media Museum in Bradford, he led a series of major projects including the widening of the Museum’s remit and the development of the world’s first museum gallery about the history of the internet.

Colin has also worked as a non-executive director and as a trustee for a range of organisations in Britain including the Advertising Standards Authority, an NHS commissioning board, a film production company and the Yorkshire Film Archive.

He’s the author of three historical non-fiction books and the co-writer of a drama.

He is regularly asked to chair cultural events including the Ilkley and Bradford Literature Festivals.

He volunteers with two Yorkshire-based organisations, helping to mentor disengaged young people and delivering food and befriending older people.