About -- Thames Valley
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The Society has Regional Centres, each running its own programme of lectures, workshops, masterclasses and awards throughout the year.
The Thames Valley Centre was formed in 1991 in response to a considerable demand for a local centre from RTS members living in and around the Reading and Newbury areas.
The Centre enjoys a current membership of over 300 drawn mostly from the manufacturing companies in the area.
As the Thames Valley Centre lies in the centre of the largest concentration of television technology manufacturing companies in the country, its membership has a strong technological bias. This is reflected in the subjects chosen by the Centre for its regular meetings and for its annual Technical Colloquium. Topics that impact the commercial aspects of television as well as reviews of major industry exhibitions are also covered.
Centre meetings are usually held at the Pincents Manor Hotel, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire RG31 4UQ. On occasions, Centre meetings are hosted by local companies in and around Newbury and Reading. These meetings are free.
As well as an annual series of lectures on subjects of technical, creative and general interest the Centre has a strong events calendar which includes an Annual Dinner Dance and local visits. Members and non-members are welcome at all events.
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Thames Valley Centre Committee
Chair : Penny Westlake, Smach Ltd.
Vice Chair: Tony Orme
Honorary Treasurer : Derek Owen
Honorary Secretary: Neil Dormand
Events Committee Chair : Gerard Phillips, Snell
Committee Member: Jennie Evans, Manor Marketing
Committee Member: Gregory Bensberg, Ofcom
Committee Member: Robin Lince, itTV Ltd
Committee Member: John Ive, IABM
Committee Member: Matthew Robbins, TV-Bay
Committee Member: Dave Bancroft, Bancroft Technical Consulting