Greg Collier – Non-Executive Chairman
Greg Collier has 32 years of financial and commercial experience, having been involved in running businesses in leisure, restaurant, property, and property maintenance. In 1980, Greg founded ‘Office Kleen & General Maintenance’ a building maintenance and services company which was subsequently acquired by Initial Services (now part of Rentokil Group). In 1986 Greg founded one of the first paintball leisure centres in the UK and subsequently was a partner in a number of entertainment and fitness ventures, including a Mayfair club (Club Royale) and restaurant and a fitness centre in Central London. In addition to his role in Imperial Music and Media PLC, more recently he has been involved in facilities management business, and non-executive Director of ISDX quoted Metroelectric PLC focussing in the green sector. Greg is well networked in the business world, particularly in London and experienced on the benefits of public listings in the UK where he sits on the boards of a number of other ISDX (Early Equity PLC and Etaireia Investments PLC) and AIM (Alpha Returns Group PLC) quoted companies.
He began in theatre as an actor, before moving into direction and finally production. As a theatrical artistic director Phil has produced both regional and national tours. He developed the core strategies of his companies and their projects, identified and secured funding partners, selected and managed the creative talent, and oversaw sales and marketing. His company won Arts Council funding and registered charity status under his leadership.
In 1997 he won a fellowship to study film production at Columbia University in New York and moved into story and script development. Phil has worked as a consultant script analyst and story editor in London, Los Angeles, and New York for such clients as BBC Drama, Channel Four Television, and Gorilla Entertainment Ltd.
For FilmFour Lab he worked as a creative executive with responsibilities for new artists – working one on one with writers and directors on the development and structuring of their ideas to retain their originality while maximising their market potential.
Most recently Phil has been working as lead mentor with MusicUp Ltd, spotting and nurturing young musical talent, and developing networks to aid in the discovery and management of such new artists. He oversaw the successful production of the first EP from highly rated newcomers Mile Wide Stride, and was fundamental in attracting Brian Travers (UB40) as producer, and Austin Kilburn (Kingloud) as engineer for the project.
As a director and manager he has wide experience of new product development across the creative arts, has expertise in the efficient management of working capital, and a wide network of contacts across the whole spectrum of the modern media.
Above all else Phil has a great eye for talent and the perfect personality for nurturing and developing it. Combine this with his knowledge and experience of live art and his extensive network of contacts and Phil is the perfect fit for Imperial Music and Media