Directors & Key Management

Dr. Johnny Hon MH, Ph.D. (Cantab)

Executive Chairman

Dr. Johnny Hon MH, Ph.D. (Cantab)

Executive Chairman

Dr. Hon is Executive Chairman of Gate Ventures and brings diverse expertise, spanning different sectors and geographical areas.

Dr. Hon graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Biomedical Science. He also completed a Ph.D. in Psychiatry at Hughes Hall College at the University of Cambridge and holds postgraduate qualifications from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and from Harvard University as well as being a guest professor at a number of well-known universities in Asia.

Dr. Hon has always had an interest in the Arts – particularly film and television – sometimes as a benefactor and sometimes investor. He was Executive Producer of the China and Hong Kong box office hit “Protégé”, starring Andy Lau and Daniel Wu, and of the George W. Bush biopic “W”, directed by Oliver Stone. “Una Noche”, a film in which Dr. Hon acted as an Associate Producer, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win the Award for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography.

Dr. Hon has also acted as Executive Producer for a number of successful TV series. These include “Da Ren Wu” (2006-07), one of the most successful TV drama series of its time in China, and “As Time Goes By” (2007-08), another Chinese television screen success.

Dr. Hon has extensive business experience. As a private banker with ABN AMRO Bank, he gained expertise in financial planning, lending, portfolio management, tax structuring and trust formation. These skills enabled him to form, and become Chairman of, The Global Group of Companies with offices in London, Hong Kong and China.

Politically, Dr. Hon holds official positions with four Governments and is Ambassador-at-Large for Grenada. He is a member of the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and in July 2015, was awarded the Medal of Honour (MH) from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People¹s Republic of China for his dedicated community service.

His charitable work is well documented and he serves on committees of numerous international charities.


Lord Michael Grade

Non Executive Deputy Chairman

Lord Michael Grade

Non Executive Deputy Chairman

Michael Grade has over 40 years’ experience in the entertainment industry.

He became deputy controller of entertainment programmes at London Weekend Television in 1973, moving on 11 years later to become controller of BBC One and became BBC TV’s director of programmes two years later. In 1988, Michael Grade became Chief Executive at Channel 4, bringing the hugely popular American series’ Friends and ER to British television. He left Channel 4 in 1997 and has been involved in numerous companies including First Leisure, Camelot, Pinewood Studios and Ocado. Michael Grade was awarded CBE in 1998 for his significant achievements in broadcasting.


Michael Linnit

Chief Strategy Officer

Michael Linnit

Chief Strategy Officer

Michael Linnit's career spans over 50 years having worked in London, Broadway, and Hollywood.

In 1970 Michael Linnit moved to New York to work for Ashley Famous Agency and in 1971 he became Vice-President of the Company, representing actors, writers, and directors in Hollywood. In 1973 Michael Linnit produced his first West End play “What if You Died Tomorrow” by David Williamson and has since produced a succession of plays for both the West End and globally. In 1986 Michael Linnit returned to Hollywood and continued to produce both live entertainment and television programmes, including “Fire & Ice”, which was awarded Best Television Spectacular by the American Critics Circle. Mr Linnit has recently co-produced Tom Stoppard plays “Jumpers and Rock ‘N’ Roll”, Michael Frayn’s “Democracy”, Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys”, the highly popular Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” with the National Theatre.


Geoff Morrow

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Morrow

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Morrow has been involved in the entertainment industry for approximately 40 years and is an internationally recognised songwriter whose songs have been recorded by world famous artists such as Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, the Carpenters and Barry Manilow.

In all, Geoff has had over 60 hits around the world. He is an experienced businessman who has been responsible for setting up two record companies, which were subsequently sold to EMI Group Limited and RCA Records and has been involved in the listing of several public companies, including Oriental City Group Plc and Regal Cyber Group (now RC Group (Holdings) Ltd). He has experience in helping businesses raise funds and list on AIM, and ISDX markets (as well as their predecessors USM and PLUS). Over the last two years, Geoff has been overseeing the progress of two stage musicals, for which he has written the score. Gate Ventures has agreed to fund one of these shows, “Being Woody Allen”, which is currently in pre-production.


Richard James Carter (ACMA, CGMA)

Chief Financial Officer

Richard James Carter (ACMA, CGMA)

Chief Financial Officer

In 2002, Richard Carter graduated from Hertfordshire University with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and began working as an Assistant Accountant for Mouchel Parkman Group plc, a London Stock Exchange listed engineering and government infrastructure provider, whilst studying towards his Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification.

In 2004, Mr Carter moved to International Publishing Company Limited (now Time Inc. UK Limited), a UK publishing company. As management accountant he worked closely with publishing editors to help drive revenue and reduce costs as well as developing and improving management information. Mr Carter also took on commercial responsibilities including new product revenues such as telemarketing, competitions and online subscriber acquisition plans. In 2007, Mr Carter left Time Inc. UK Limited to join AIM quoted technology and telecommunications start up, Avanti Communications Group plc. Mr Carter was responsible for setting up the company’s financial function, operations and processes and internal and external reporting procedures while moulding the company’s commercial strategy and working directly with the Chief Executive Officer. Mr Carter was also the Investor Relations Manager and assisted with fundraisings in equity, debt and high yield bonds. Mr Carter left Avanti Communications Group plc in September 2014 to set up Gate Ventures with the other Board members.