Radio

Entertaining, informing and connecting the British Forces community worldwide

Listen Live

On local and national DAB, DAB+ and FM in the UK and around the Forces world. Listen to all of our stations online or download the BFBS app and stay in touch on the go.

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Listen Again

Catch up on the programmes you’ve missed and listen again to original, award-winning BFBS content.

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Get In Touch

Send us your messages and shout out to family and friends, wherever they may be.

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Tell Us What You Think

Take part in our Audience Satisfaction Survey and be entered into a free prize draw. You can enter twice in any 12-month period, so good luck!

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News

Our TV, radio and digital news teams based in the UK and overseas cover a wide range of military events and activities

Latest Top stories from across the armed forces

Our reporters in the UK and overseas bring you the latest news, comment and in-depth stories from operations and exercises.

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Must watch videos

Caught on camera, the highs and lows of military life.

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Watch Now

Live events as they happen and our latest British Forces News programme keeping you up to date with the latest news and sport.

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Television

The Match, The Comedy, The Drama, The Action – right now. Unmissable TV which connects the British Forces and their families around the world

The best of British

Since 1975, BFBS Television has been informing and entertaining those serving overseas with the very best of current UK output, achieved today in a mixture of up to 15 live and delayed channels, available worldwide.

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Up to date and not to be missed

The latest hits, perennial favourites, live sport and national events: our unique relationships with broadcasters, producers, rights holders and Hollywood form the basis of a carriage and compiled channel line-up, fully packaged and presented, including Forces News plus community and welfare messaging.

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Around the Forces World

From our UK broadcast playout facility, we deliver to entitled personnel via satellite and online within a secure and closed network. For those serving outside of this reach, a bespoke DVD service is available.

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Cinema

Bringing the latest movies to HM Forces and their dependants in the UK and overseas

Digital Cinemas

Our cinema team provides big screen entertainment to military venues around the world. Working closely with film studios, we negotiate and deliver the latest films to serving personnel and their families. Movies play an important role in supporting morale and welfare via a shared viewing experience.

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Cinelink

Cinelink is a portable service exclusively for HM Forces and MOD civilians based in the UK, overseas, remote locations and operational theatres. Our device can be self-installed via a TV or projection equipment and enables you to screen films to your community on demand within 6-8 weeks of cinema release.

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Movie Machine

Our mobile facility, operating in partnership with Sky Cinema, provides free screenings to serving personnel and families based in the UK.

We will endeavour to fit in as many requests as we can, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.

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How To Get Us

Your hands-on guide to receiving BFBS TV, Radio and other BFBS services, wherever you are across the globe

Find out how to get our services

As a member of the British Forces you can access BFBS TV and Radio and other BFBS services wherever you are based across the globe. BFBS TV and Radio is available via satellite, local transmission systems and streamed on the internet. Find out how to enjoy these services here.

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BFBS in your location

How you get BFBS depends on your location and the accommodation you’re in. Your quarters may have satellite dishes or cable points and all you need to do is plug in a TV. Or you may need to collect a BFBS set top box and get your viewing card authorised.

 

Alternatively the BFBS Player and Radio App is available if you have good internet connection.

If you're heading to a new location on Ops or exercise, you may need to plan in advance. Ships at sea? We've got that covered too. Whichever way, we're here to help.

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Get Help and advice

Need help connecting to BFBS TV and Radio services? Want to know the local FM frequency for BFBS Radio? Satellite viewing card expired? Want to know what devices you can use to get BFBS TV and Radio?

All this information, and more, can be found in our FAQs, and if you still have questions please contact our Service Desk, our contact details are also here.

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Across the UK and around the world

Events

Entertaining the British Forces and their families in the UK and around the world

Experts in Military Entertainment & Events

CSE has been providing exceptional entertainment to the British military worldwide since 1946. Our bespoke approach to versatile and dynamic event and live entertainment solutions means we can always pull a gig out of the bag, no matter what gets thrown at us!

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Free Shows & Entertainment for Beneficiaries

We're a charity, so if you engage our services you’ll be helping to fund beneficiary projects such as shows for wounded, injured and sick service personnel or entertainment for the families and children of deployed personnel.

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Not Just For Ops

Did you know we can provide entertainment solutions for all your events? We know what you need to make your Mess function a success. From Families’ Days to Medal Parades, Summer Balls and Christmas Parties, we have a range to solutions to suit you.

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How We Can Help?

As well as bands, comedians, dancers and celebrity appearances synonymous with CSE, we also provide children's entertainers and mascots, close-up magicians, inflatables, fairground rides and all the elements of stage production.

Our advice comes free, so whatever you’re planning, from large scale events requiring a fully managed turnkey solution, or simply a band for your Mess function, get in touch now.

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Training & Production

Experts in producing engaging content, with instructors dedicated to giving you the tools to create your own

Media Training

From digital content creation and advanced editing to storytelling and social media skills, our practical media courses will give you the confidence and knowledge to communicate your brand message effectively and grow your business.

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Video Production

Our team of renowned producers, presenters, video journalists and camera operators are experts in creating engaging promos, adverts, documentaries, features, live broadcasts, messaging videos and social media clips using our modern studios, editing suites and OB vehicles.

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Bespoke Training & Consultancy

Our discreet tutors can provide tailored short or long term support such as senior coaching, mentoring for communications staff, strategic campaign planning, content production, media interview techniques, crisis comms and simpress.

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Forces Media Academy

Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course

Creative Media Production — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Starts 25th September 2017

What is The Forces Media Academy?

The Forces Media Academy is designed to provide veterans and service leavers with the training, experience and qualifications to help them transition into a multi-media role.

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Course Overview

The Creative Media Production course combines extensive training and work experience in core video production techniques with a choice of specialisations in areas such as radio, marketing and multi-media journalism.

On successful completion of this course, students are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

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Financial Support, Materials and Facilities

Not only is the course free, but all students will receive a bursary of £18,000 to help with living costs and accommodation. This is thanks to the generous support of The Royal British Legion.

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Contact Us and Apply

Applications are now open and close on Friday 31st March 2017. Apply online, or for queries please email academy@ssvc.com.

This is a full time Monday–Friday course beginning on the 25th September 2017 and ending July 2018. Limited spaces are available.

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What Is The Forces Media Academy?

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Who We Are

The Forces Media Academy is run by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), the parent company of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and Forces TV. We specialise in providing media services to the UK Armed Forces.

The Academy is funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR Funds. The Royal British Legion has also contributed substantial financial support.

Who Works Here

Who Works Here

We have approximately 200 staff that are specialist broadcasters, journalists, camera operators, studio directors, broadcast technicians and experts in digital communications.

What We Offer

What We Offer

Students will be taught by professional lecturers and work alongside the creative teams behind our TV, radio and digital channels. Students may also have the opportunity to gain key work experience through placements with our teams on BFBS bases, as well as tapping into our links with defence charities, suppliers and the wider media world.

On completion of this unique course, students are awarded a
Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Media Production

About the Course

The Forces Media Academy has strong connections with the media, broadcasting and digital industries which will generate quality work experience and career opportunities.

On completion of the course, students can expect to work in:

  • TV and radio broadcasting
  • Digital marketing
  • Multi-media journalism
  • Content Creation

Entry Requirements

Only a limited number of spaces are available.

  • All applications will be considered and potential students interviewed
  • No age limit
  • English and Maths GCSE (A*–C Grade or equivalent)
  • One A Level (A–D Grade or equivalent)
  • Personal statement (required)

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Who Should Apply?

The Creative Media Production course is designed for service leavers and veterans with a keen interest in the world of media, including television, film, radio, digital and marketing.

You might be new to media, or have some previous media experience. Our team will support your transition to civilian life and equip you with the skills you need to enter the job market at the end of your course.

Course Modules

Students will complete a final major project, as well as six core modules and one specialist module of their choice.

Core Modules

Core Modules 1
Core Modules 2

Camera Acquisition

Camera and Lighting Skills

Develop your understanding of camera and lighting equipment. Gain the skills needed to use it confidently and creatively in moving image production.

Editing

Film and Video Editing

Learn about the history of moving image editing. Acquire the practical skills needed to edit high-quality audio and video using industry-standard software.

Promos

Promo Video Production

Plan and produce a promotional video which meets your client's objectives. Research your target audiences. Review and manage logistics, resources and risk assessments.

Theory

Contextual Studies

Develop your understanding of theoretical approaches to media production.

Investigation

Research Techniques

Learn how to use research techniques used by professionals working in creative media.

Practice

Practical Skills for Moving Image Production

Gain an understanding of how video and audio sequences communicate ideas and information. Develop technical skills using industry-standard equipment.

Specialist Modules

Specialist Modules

Radio

Producing Multi-Media Radio Programmes

Develop an understanding of the different platforms that support radio. Learn how to produce a multi-platform radio programme and the types of content used to enhance the listening experience.

Advertising

Advertising Campaigns

Learn how to respond to briefs and develop advertising strategies. Develop graphic design skills for print and digital media.

Journalism

Multi-Platform Writing

Gain the skills needed to work in a multi-platform news environment. Source and research news stories for print, broadcast and online. Develop an understanding of legal and ethical issues and enhance interview skills.

Financial Support, Materials and Facilities

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Financial Support

There are no course fees to pay. All costs are borne by the Forces Media Academy.

All students also receive a bursary of £18,000 to help with living costs and accommodation. This is thanks to the generous support of one of our key partners, The Royal British Legion.

Materials and Equipment

Students may be required to purchase some materials such as reading literature and memory cards. Equipment such as video cameras, computers and editing software will be provided.

Facilities

The Forces Media Academy has facilities to suit and support all service leavers and veterans, including those who are wounded, injured or sick.

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Where We Are

 
 
 

Get In Touch

Address

Services Sound & Vision Corporation · Chalfont Grove · Narcot Lane · Chalfont St. Peter · Buckinghamshire · SL9 8TN

Contact Us and Apply

Applications are now open and close on Friday 31st March 2017.

Apply online, or for queries please email academy@ssvc.com.

The course begins on the 25th September 2017 and ends July 2018. Limited spaces are available.

Getting to Us

The Forces Media Academy is run out of SSVC's headquarters in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, just 30 minutes by train from London.

The closest overland station is Gerrards Cross and the closest underground station is Chalfont & Latimer. We are also within easy reach of the M40, M25 and M4.

Broadcast Technology

We design and build technology for international communications and broadcast infrastructure projects

Case Studies

Forces Broadcast Technology engineers have designed, built and commissioned a wide range of broadcast and communication systems infrastructure across the globe. We specialise in delivering media content, deploy in difficult and remote locations and—since we’ve been doing this since 1943—we understand the challenge.

 

We use the latest technologies including IP and international broadcast standards to ensure compatibility with consumer equipment. Take a look at our case study examples of successfully completed projects. Future projects are limited only by your imagination…

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Get in touch to discuss your requirements and discover how the Forces Broadcast Technology team can help you communicate and broadcast across the globe, expand your reach and solve your problem.

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Forces Welfare Media

Highlighting the work of military charities and those leading the way in delivering the Covenant

The Forces Welfare Media Team

SSVC’s Forces Welfare Media Team produces content about a wide range of organisations and the work they do to deliver on the promises of the Armed Forces Covenant. From the help and support offered to veterans by forces charities to work being done by local councils and businesses to support their local military communities and employees, we shine a spotlight on the Covenant in action around the UK.

 

We film short features that are shown on Forces TV, BFBS TV, online via the Forces TV website and are shared across our various social media platforms. We also make radio versions of these features for broadcast on BFBS Radio.

 

Funded by a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, we are editorially independent with two reporters—one based in Edinburgh and the other in the South of England—who travel the length and breadth of the UK to tell interesting and engaging stories. Add to that a Senior Producer and a Multi-Media Producer and that's the whole team… small but perfectly formed!

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News Archive

More than 30 years of military news and feature footage

BFBS News Archive

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Our Heritage

BFBS TV Cameras have been covering stories involving and about the British Forces for more than 30 years right across the globe. The archive spans some of the most momentous military events in UK history, ranging from the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, the conflict in the Balkans, the intervention in Kosovo, the Iraq War in 2003 and subsequent coalition operations, to Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.

Storage Media

Storage Media

Our older material was archived on tape and disks, both analogue and digital, which are still stored in our climatically controlled, secure storage at our Headquarters. For the past twelve years our stories and camera footage have been stored digitally and can be viewed on desktops.

MODAL

MODAL

Now we have launched MODAL—the “MOD Archive Library”—a powerful on-line digital archive which has gone into service with the Directorate of Defence Communications. It's expected MODAL will be extended to other areas of the MOD across the three services, providing a state of the art Digital Asset Management System principally for video, but audio, still images and documents can also be handled.

Its uses could include training, social media, command information messaging and programme-making. It's a specialist digital military archive run by people who know the military better than anyone else.

News Generated Content

News Generated Content

Our TV News service began with ‘Exercise Lionheart’ in 1984 and led to ‘Scene Here’, a monthly programme of Forces News broadcast only to the military audience in Germany. Over the years it developed into a daily programme tailored to a worldwide audience.

It's now grown into Forces TV, with full coverage of Military News seven days a week broadcast to the whole of the UK as well as to the forces overseas. We have a treasure trove of unique footage in the archive, and of course each day we're adding fresh material and news stories.

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Find Out More

The library may soon be made available to Broadcasters and Production companies to help them with programmes they’re making about Defence and the Military.

For more information about the BFBS Archive, email us at modal@ssvc.com.

Welfare

Raising funds and awareness for Forces charities

The Big Salute

The BFBS Big Salute is an annual campaign that raises vital funds for armed forces charities.

Most recently, the BFBS Big Salute has donated money to: Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, FAB (Families’ Activity Breaks) and Veterans Aid.

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Welfare Grants

Every division within the SSVC organisation is important to Service personnel and their families - whether Radio, News, Television or Entertainment. The SSVC Welfare Fund is no exception. On average, SSVC makes grants totalling around a quarter of a million pounds each year.

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Welfare Grants

About the Welfare Grants

Grants cover a very wide range of projects, from equipment for service families to keep in touch with loved ones on ops; the digitisation of forces cinemas; welfare centres and children's play areas on bases; expeditions and adventure training, to television and audio equipment on ships and submarines.

The Trustees react to requests for funds as quickly as possible. Bids can be made by individual units or by a higher formation on behalf of units.

The Welfare grant amenity is another link in the vital SSVC chain whose sole aim is to provide support and welfare for our Armed Forces wherever they are and whatever they are doing around the world.

Purpose

SSVC Welfare Grant funding has been established by the Charity to finance welfare and recreational amenities, activities and projects, which directly or indirectly contribute to operational effectiveness.

Priority for the provision of funds will be accorded to those serving on, preparing for, or recovering from operations and those living in isolated or arduous conditions.

However, consideration for funding will also be considered to support other requirements such as the home bases, which contribute to operational effectiveness by enhancing morale, as well as sponsorship of adventure training and tri-Service sport as long as each request is accompanied by a letter of approval from the appropriate Service Adventure Training authority or the Combined Services Sports Board.

Guidelines

  1. SSVC Welfare Grants will finance amenities, activities and projects which are not generally eligible for public funds.
  2. SSVC Welfare Grants will generally be used to provide capital for amenities, activities and projects which have the support and commitment of the chain of command. Only in exceptional circumstances, and where there is a viable business case, will funds be provided for running costs.
  3. The ownership and administration of the amenities, activities and projects supported by an SSVC Welfare Grant, will generally be the responsibility of the parent Command or Unit.
  4. Applications should be made direct to SSVC through the approprate Command headquarters: PJHQ (for operational deployments), Fleet, Land and Air (for all others).

Applications

Applications should be made through the following channels:

All other applications should be directed to the parent Command as appropriate. They in turn should forward applications, with their recommendation and any additional comments to:

The Secretary
SSVC Welfare Grants
Chalfont Grove
Chalfont St. Peter
Buckinghamshire
SL9 8TN

or emailed to welfarefund@ssvc.com.

Units should not normally correspond directly with SSVC about grants except when acknowledging receipt.

Format for Applications

Requests for grants are to be submitted on headed paper and include the following:

  • An explanation of the amenity required.
  • Justification for provision.
  • Any possible Unit contribution and total cost.
  • Amount sought from the SSVC Welfare Fund.
  • Statement of other possible sources of non-public funds available for the applicant.
  • Any contribution to be made from other non-public funds.
  • Numbers of Service personnel, broken down into Army, Navy and Air Force, expected to benefit directly from the amenity excluding dependants (except where they too are accompanying the beneficiaries).
  • Confirmation that the amenity sought is not an appropriate charge to public funds.
  • Confirmation that the applicant has fully assessed and can meet any future maintenance costs.
  • To whom the cheque should be made payable if the grant is approved or provide bank details where appropriate.
  • The name and contact number/e-mail of the Project Officer to whom queries may be addressed.

NOTE: The Trustees will not reimburse an application for any costs incurred in anticipation of SSVC's approval.

Acknowledgement of Grants

Letters of acknowledgement and/or photographs (where appropriate) of grants received should be sent by all recipients to the Secretary of SSVC Welfare Grants at the above address. SSVC and their auditors will use these letters as official confirmation that the grants have actually benefited those for whom they are intended.

Any further information such as the date of arrival of the item or facility is also welcomed by the Trustees, both for use in SSVC's Annual Report as well as advertising SSVC Welfare Grants' activities.

Permanent Record of Grants

Where at all feasible, all items or facilities provided by grants from SSVC are to be suitably labelled, engraved or fitted with a commemorative plaque by the parent unit, acknowledging SSVC's involvement. SSVC will automatically provide labels for smaller items. A permanent record of items should be kept on miscellaneous stores account to enable the items to be used in the future.

Transfer or Disposal of SSVC Funded Items

Where the recipient cannot use an item provided by an SSVC Welfare Grant (either because the item is lying idle, the unit has been disbanded or suchlike) the Trustees prefer that the item be transferred to another unit or, as a last resort, is sold. If an item is sold the appropriate proportion of the proceeds should be returned by cheque made payable to 'SSVC' through Command Headquarters.

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About Us

The Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) was formed in 1982 from the merger of the Services Kinema Corporation (SKC) and the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS). The organisation was founded on a single aim: To serve those who serve.

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The Trustees

SSVC is a private company limited by guarantee - there are no shareholders. The company is a self-supporting registered charity whose annual surpluses, after deducting an amount needed to sustain operational needs, are donated as welfare support for the Armed Forces. These donations are allocated to specific projects and make life more enjoyable for Service personnel and their families around the world.

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The Trustees

Andrew Vallance

Andrew Vallance

Chairman

Howard Perlin

Howard Perlin

Vice Chairman

Maggie Carver

Maggie Carver

Trustee

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Trustee

Graham Robinson

Graham Robinson

Trustee

Anthony Rix

Anthony Rix

Trustee

Tony Hales

Tony Hales

Trustee

Stewart Purvis

Stewart Purvis

Trustee

Mark Browning

Mark Browning

Trustee

Deborah Loudon

Deborah Loudon

Trustee

Simon Bucks

Simon Bucks

CEO

Andrew Vallance

Andrew Vallance

Chairman

Air Vice-Marshal Vallance became a Trustee of SSVC in December 2007 and took over as Chairman of the Board a year later.

He joined the RAF as a Cranwell cadet in 1966, subsequently flying Vulcan bomber and strategic reconnaissance aircraft as a squadron pilot and flight commander. He commanded a Victor tanker squadron (1982-84). As Station Commander of RAF Wyton (1993-95), he commanded a composite wing of 4 flying squadrons and several operational ground units operating in the electronic warfare and specialist reconnaissance roles. He has nearly 4,000 flying hours in his log book.

His ground appointments in the RAF included 4 staff tours in the Ministry of Defence, London, one as RAF Director of Defence Studies, and one (very brief tour) as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RAF Personnel and Training Command. He spent 4 tours in NATO: one as Chief of Staff to NATO's Reaction Forces Air Staff in Kalkar, Germany, and 3 in NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium.

Air Vice-Marshal Vallance attended the RAF Staff College in 1981 and six years later read International Relations at Cambridge University. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. An authority on air power doctrine, he has lectured and published widely on defence issues and has been awarded a number of prizes for his defence writings. He was appointed OBE in 1988 and a Companion of the Order of Bath in 2003.

Air Vice-Marshal Vallance left the RAF in December 2004 to become Secretary and sole permanent executive of the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (the so-called 'D-Notice' Committee): the independent joint government/media body responsible for setting guidelines and providing advice on the public disclosure of national security information.

Howard Perlin

Howard Perlin

Vice Chairman

Howard Perlin, a Chartered Accountant, became a Trustee of SSVC in 1994. He chairs the Audit Committee of the Board and is a member of the Investment, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. His early career was spent in banking. Since then he has had extensive experience in a wide range of business sectors including retailing, property investment and development, energy exploration, engineering, software development, insurance, satellite communications, broadcast services, television broadcasting and corporate finance.

Maggie Carver

Maggie Carver

Trustee

Maggie's working life began in investment banking followed by a number of roles in the media industry including Managing Director of Channel 4 Racing producer and outside broadcaster, ThreeonFour.

She currently owns and runs with her husband a retail and internet business. Additionally, since 1991, she has gained extensive experience as a non-executive director on the boards of fifteen companies, public, private and not-for-profit including Channel 5 Television, television production company RDF Media plc, and news provider, ITN.

Her current non-executive directorships are ITN (Chairman to July 2014), British Board of Film Classification and SSVC.

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Trustee

Chris Wilson is the Strategy and Business Development Director of the Land Defence Division of Thales UK.

A former Army officer, he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1973. Much of his early service was spent in field artillery regiments in Germany, including several operational tours in Northern Ireland, and in weapons staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence. His regimental level career culminated with command of 47 Regt RA, an air defence regiment based on Thorney Island, from 1993-95.

On promotion to Colonel in 1995, he spent 2 years as Director of Staff Operations at HQ AFNORTHWEST, a NATO HQ based outside High Wycombe, which was followed by attendance on the 1998 course at RCDS. Promoted to Brigadier towards the end of the course, he moved to Wilton as Commander Royal Artillery at HQ LAND and Commander 1st Artillery Brigade.

In December 2000, he became Director Capability Integration (Army), a new appointment instituted to advise CGS on matters to do with equipment and sustainability. After 3 years in that appointment, he took up the post of Director Royal Artillery for a year.

Promoted to Major General in January 2005, he returned to RCDS on the Senior Directing Staff for a year before deploying for 9 months as Deputy Commanding General Combined Forces Command, the US led coalition in Afghanistan.

He took up his final appointment as Director (Battlespace Manoeuvre) and Master General of the Ordnance, which brought with it membership of the Army Board, in November 2006. He retired from the Army in 2010 after a military career spanning 37 years and joined Thales in January 2011.

He is a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery and a Trustee of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2004 and a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2009.

Graham Robinson

Graham Robinson

Trustee

Having joined in September 1963, Captain Graham Robinson RN served in the Royal Navy for 35 years. His sea service in 10 ships included 2 in command ' HMS ARLINGHAM based in Gibraltar and HMS GALATEA at the time of the Falklands War. Among his shore appointments were 4 in the Ministry of Defence, 3 years as Commander of Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and 4 years as the Director of Naval PT and Sport.

On leaving the Royal Navy in 1998, he took up the newly created post of Secretary of the Combined Services Sports Board responsible for establishing and implementing Sports Policy for the Armed Forces and coordinating sporting activity among the 3 Services and at Combined Services level. He fulfilled this role until 2011. As well as being a Trustee of SSVC, he is Chairman of the Lancing College Alumni Association and Vice Chairman of the Britannia Royal Naval College Association.

Anthony Rix

Anthony Rix

Trustee

Rear Admiral Anthony Rix joined the SSVC Trustee Board in 2016. In his career in the Royal Navy he commanded two major warships and led international operations; he was also the Director of Corporate Communications for the RN in 2003.

He now works in the Maritime Security sector, running his own company which deals with companies and governments worldwide. Anthony is also Chairman of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, a charity which supports sailors, marines and their families.

Tony Hales

Tony Hales

Trustee

Tony Hales is Chair of the Canal & River Trust, and of NAAFI Pension Trustees. He is a Non-Executive Director of IPF Group plc and Capital & Regional plc. He was previously Chief Executive of Allied Domecq, Chair of Workspace plc and NAAFI Ltd.

Stewart Purvis

Stewart Purvis

Trustee

Stewart Purvis became City University London's first Professor of Television Journalism in 2003. He is now a non-executive director of Channel Four, a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society and a trustee of SSVC (producers of British Forces Broadcasting).

A local radio reporter, a regional television presenter and Sunday tabloid freelance while still at university, he was chosen as one of the BBC's first three News Trainees in 1969. He moved to ITN in 1972 where he went on to win Royal Television Society awards and two BAFTA awards as Editor of Channel Four News. Professor Purvis is generally credited with creating the programme in its current ethos. He then went on to become Editor-in-Chief of ITN and then Chief Executive, and also President of the international news channel, EuroNews, based in Lyon, France.

After Professor Purvis retired from ITN in 2003 he became a Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University and from 2007 to 2010 he was Ofcom's Partner for Content and Standards and also chaired the UK Government's Media Literacy Working Group in 2009. Amongst other roles, Professor Purvis has advised the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications on the governance of the BBC and on behalf of DCMS, he was the independent chair of a multi-party negotiation to progress digital radio in the UK.

Among the honours he has received, in 2000 he was made a CBE for services to broadcast journalism, in 2005 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Law by Exeter University and in 2009 he received the Royal Television Society's Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television.

In September 2013 he published, with City colleague Jeff Hulbert, 'When Reporters Cross the Line', based on a BBC Radio Four programme of the same title which he made in 2011. Professor Purvis is used as a media commentator by British and international broadcasters and is one of the regular reviewers of the press on Sky News's 'Press Preview'.

Mark Browning

Mark Browning

Trustee

Mark is Managing Director of ITN Productions, one of the UK’s biggest production companies, working across Television, Digital, Commercials, Branded Content and Sports production.

Since joining ITN in January 2009 Browning has diversified ITN’s Production capability, tripling the division’s turnover in the last 4 years. New ventures include TV Commercial Production including producing the UK’s most popular TV ad for two years in a row, Digital Sport’s Production of the EPL, SPFL, England Cricket, and Premiership Rugby, Branded Content as well as building a post-production division and US business.

Previously, Browning spent seven years with Heart, where he led the station to number 1 in London. In 2005 Browning introduced the new Heart breakfast show with Jamie Theakston, which became the first morning show to topple Capital from the number one spot. Other signings to the station included Emma Bunton, Emma Forbes, and Alan Davies.

He lives in Putney with his wife and three children.

Deborah Loudon

Deborah Loudon

Trustee

After graduation Deborah spent thirty years as a civil servant, largely in the Home Office but also in the Ministry of Defence. She focussed initially on criminal justice but then moved into HR and corporate services and was HR Director in both Departments.

In 2008 she moved into senior recruitment at Saxton Bampfylde where she is a partner and where she headed the Government Practice and was a Director until 2016. She is still with the firm but now works part time with the intention of retiring later this year. She has wide experience of very senior Government and third sector appointments. In this role she acts as adviser on both top level executive and non-executive recruitment to a number of large third sector organisations.

She is married to the head of an Oxford University College and has two adult sons.

Simon Bucks

Simon Bucks

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Bucks is the Chief Executive of SSVC, the Services Sound and Vision Corporation, a registered charity set up to entertain and inform Britain's Armed Forces around the world.

Simon has a long experience of media organisations as a journalist and editorial executive. He began his career as a news reporter with South West News Service in Bristol, before moving into television, initially with HTV, before joining ITN where he rose to be Senior Programme Editor. At one time or another he edited all of ITN’s programmes for ITV, including News at Ten.

From ITN he became Head of News, and later Controller of Programmes, at London News Network, the Carlton-LWT joint venture which produced London Tonight and other news and factual programmes for the London ITV region.

After a period as an independent producer and consultant, during which he executive produced the Millennium Night show for ITV and co-founded a media communications business with his wife, Cheryl Armitage, Simon moved to Sky News. There he worked under SSVC’s former Chief Executive Nick Pollard, initially in charge of the business news unit, before becoming a specialist executive producer, supervising programmes including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the first anniversary of 9/11. He also devised the nightly re-enactments of the Hutton Inquiry and the trial of Michael Jackson.

Simon has a long standing commitment to media innovation and was a key member of the cross-broadcaster group which campaigned successfully for cameras to be allowed into courtrooms.

Most recently, he moved to Sky’s digital department where he led the introduction of interactivity and user generated content. His role also focussed on developing the commercialisation of Sky News’ digital platforms.

Simon was, until November 2015, a long-standing member of the Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee (aka the D-Notice, or DA-Notice, Committee) and most recently has been the Vice-Chair and Chair of the media side. He is also a Director of The Society of Editors and until his appointment at SSVC was Chair of its Parliamentary and Legal Committee.

Simon recently graduated from the Open University after studying in his spare time for a degree in history. At school, in Bristol, he was in the Combined Cadet Force where he learned to shoot a .303 rifle and not to pitch a tent on a hill.

He and Cheryl live near Blackheath in London. They have two children, Anna who is a freelance current affairs TV producer and Jonathan who is doing an MA in Newspaper Journalism at City University.