Directors & Key Management

Lord Michael Grade

Chairman

Lord Michael Grade

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.


Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Executive Director

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Executive Director

For 10 years, Sarah was a successful spokesperson for Weight Watchers International where she was a key ambassador of the company and as such was instrumental in increasing revenue figures during her tenure. Sarah has significant experience in the entertainment sector across international markets.  In 2009, she co-produced the British-American period drama film The Young Victoria, which grossed $27 million worldwide. She is also a bestselling author, with over 35 books, including two autobiographies and books about health, empowerment, history, art, as well as the popular children’s books ‘Budgie the Little Helicopter’, which were adapted into an animated series. Her children’s book ‘Tea for Ruby’ had its debut at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

Sarah has presented programmes for ITV, BBC, and Sky TV in the UK and has been a guest presenter on Radio 2 and Radio 4’s Today programme. In the US, Sarah was special correspondent for NBC’s Today Show, and has presented television programmes seen on ABC, Fox, and CNN. Sarah is the founder of Children in Crisis, a children’s charity focused on education, care and protection for forgotten children in some of the poorest countries including Afghanistan, DR Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. She is a passionate supporter and patron to a number of charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Not for Sale, the Perfect World Foundation and Key to Freedom.

Sarah has been appointed primarily to assist the Company with the branding and marketing of its products and productions.


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.


Anita Luu

Chief Operating Officer

Anita Luu

Chief Operating Officer

Anita Luu has been advising companies on market identification, strategic positioning, and brand development for startups and growth organisations for over 15 years. Her focus is to help businesses establish and expand presence within the European, American and Asian markets. Previous to joining Gate Ventures, she has founded a design agency in San Francisco and she was partner at a brand strategy agency based in Shanghai, where she helped multinational corporations enter the Chinese market. Anita is also co-author of ‘Mah-Jongg: from Shanghai to Miami Beach’.