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Five Questions about Truth: Tim Marshall

In this video, Tim Marshall shares his reflections on the place of Truth in today’s world.

Tim Marshall’s Biography

After graduating in Sociology at the University of Southampton, Tim Marshall started his career in BBC Radio and TV where he became Head of BBC TV Outside Broadcast Events and Entertainments Group. His responsibilities ranged from Come Dancing to One Man and His Dog, as well as the 1986 Queen’s Visit to China and the memorable 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert from Wembley. In 1990 he moved to Walt Disney becoming Senior Vice-President responsible for global TV production including major projects from the theme parks. In 2000 he joined a new “dotcom”, Wide Learning, as Chief Operating Officer, a company producing commercial e-learning content for the financial and regulatory sectors and was involved in significant corporate restructuring including mergers and acquisitions.

In March 2005 Tim became CEO at JANET (UK), responsible for developing and managing JANET, the UK’s powerful advanced research and education network. The network provides uncontended connectivity to the UK’s research organisations and universities enabling them to collaborate in global research including the demanding data intensive fields of life science, particle physics and radio astronomy.  During this time, in collaboration with data centre provider Infinity, Tim established the JANET shared data centre which provided cost effective world-class HPC and cloud computing for UK research.

During his stewardship of the JANET network, Tim oversaw development through JANET4 and JANET5 to today’s advanced network which runs at over 600Gb/s carrying over 1.5PBytes of data annually.   In 2012 JANET was involved in a world first, broadcasting Super Hi-Vision (8k) from the London 2012 Olympics to venues in the UK, US and around the world.

In 2012 Tim led the integration of JANET(UK) with Jisc becoming responsible for all technology operations and development across Jisc and in 2014 he was appointed CEO of Jiscom. This established a new commercial trading company which enabled further revenue to be generated from Jisc’s assets. Tim left Jiscom in 2017 to pursue a portfolio of directorships and creative production roles in the commercial, non-for-profit and public sectors.

Tim is non-executive director of several companies including Group Chairman of Getmapping Plc . the UK’s leading aerial survey and mobile mapping company. He is also Chairman of the Royal Television Society (Thames Valley) focusing on creative technology and a Council Member of Bucks New University where he chairs the Finance Committee supporting the university to drive change to meet the challenges of providing higher education in today’s changing landscape.

Outside his regular professional work Tim has been a senior broadcast consultant to the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics and between 2000 and 2014 produced the Festival of Remembrance for the Royal British Legion, along with concerts for Help for Heroes and RAF Charitable Trust. In June 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to service and ex-service personnel.

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