The People Behind Endemol UK

Management Team

Management Team

Richard Johnston

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Richard is responsible for the day to day running of the Endemol UK.

Richard began his career in television in 1996 when he joined Broadcast Communications (now Endemol UK) as Financial Controller.

He had previously spent four years at accountants Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a chartered accountant specialising in media clients.

After moving to Endemol UK he spent three years as Financial Controller before becoming Head of Business Development - responsible for the group's acquisition programme and strategy development.

Richard became Finance Director in 2001, stepping up to become Joint Managing Director in January 2005 then Chief Financial Officer in January 2008.

He took up his current position as Chief Operating officer in May 2012.


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Charlie Gardner

Co-Director Marketing and Communications, Endemol Shine Group

Charlie has worked in PR and corporate communications for seventeen years. He joined Endemol's UK operation in 1999 as Head of Corporate and Public Relations and was promoted to Director of Communications in 2004. In 2006 he was given the additional role of Group Press Officer for Endemol Group, with a further remit for media communications internationally, before being appointed to his current role in February 2009.

Prior to joining Endemol he was part of the Corporate PR team behind the launch campaign for Channel 5 in the UK, joining in 1996 as Corporate Affairs Executive. He was previously an account executive at international public affairs agency IGA with a wide range of blue chip clients.

As Global Head of Public Relations for Endemol Group Charlie has responsibility for Endemol's worldwide media communications as well as continuing to oversee media relations for Endemol UK.



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Bella Lambourne

Global Head of Human Resources and UK HR director

Bella Lambourne originally joined documentary producer Hawkshead as General Manager in 1993 and after the group expanded to become Broadcast Communications took responsibility as UK Group Head of Human Resources in 1997.

Bella was promoted to Human Resources Director for Endemol UK in 2002 and also oversees the administrative and operational functions of the group.

In addition to her UK role overseeing all aspects of HR for Endemol UK, Remarkable, Initial, Zeppotron, Darlow Smithson Productions, and Tigress Bella was promoted to Global Head of Human Resources at Endemol Group in March 2011. Bella is passionate about improving the diversity of TV both on and off screen.

Bella is a member of PACT Council, chair of the PACT Diversity Committee, she also sits on the board of Women in Film and TV as well as the CDN steering group.

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Laurence Jones

Commercial Director

Laurence Jones was appointed Commercial Director of Endemol UK in September 2013 and is responsible for growing Endemol UK's off screen revenues across all platforms.

He was previously Managing Director of Initial for 11 years, overseeing a period of sustained growth at the company.

Most recently he has been instrumental in the ongoing commercial relationship with Channel 5 for Big Brother, which has included a succession of brand partnerships and product placement deals; as well as the company's digital media partnership with The Rolling Stones, which has globally launched the band's first ever official fan app.

Laurence's production credits have included setting up and running major productions such as Fame Academy (BBC One) and UK Music Hall of Fame (Channel 4) as well as co-productions such as Paradise Cafe (CBBC). He has also led projects such as Initial's bi-annual affiliation with Unicef for Soccer Aid on ITV, which has raised over £12 million for the charity; the company's seven year association with Camelot for the National Lottery draws on BBC One and a range of other commercial partnerships that have delivered significant growth.

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