David Strachan is Managing Director of Tern Television Productions, of which he was a founder in 1988 prior to the management buyout which he led in 1992.

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Tern makes programmes for BBC ONE, BBC TWO, BBC FOUR, BBC Scotland, BBC Northern Ireland, ITV, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery and Sky, and its programmes sell to other channels all over the world. Productions include The Harbour, The Beechgrove Garden, Vinnie Jones' Toughest Russia, Air Ambulance ER, Big Fish Man, and Treasures of the Indus.

David has led the company's expansion from Aberdeen to Glasgow in 2000, and Belfast in 2005. He has served on the boards of Scottish Screen, the Indie Training Fund and, for nineteen years, of Pact, the Independent Producers' trade association, where he was responsible for leading the campaigns to have production devolved from London to the Nations and Regions of the UK. He recently chaired the Scottish Government's TV working group, which advised public agencies on how to support opportunities for growth of TV production in Scotland, and is currently a member of the Scottish Screen Leadership Group which advises government on screen policy.

David is a graduate in divinity of Aberdeen University, where he was president of the Students Representative Council and Rector's Assessor to the University Court. He was subsequently a Church of Scotland minister in Perthshire.

David Strachan - Register of Interests

All positions, appointments, employment etc (whether remunerated or not) held with any other organisation:

  • Managing Director, Tern Television Productions Ltd
  • Director, Indie Training Fund
  • Director, Dunedin consort Trust
  • Honorary Professor, Stirling University

Details of any self employed business, consultancy or other activities you are engaged in, whether remunerated or not, or for other reward or gains:

  • None

Details of any contractual or financial/non-financial relationship (including Directorship, Partnership, Consultancy, Board Membership, other Appointments or position of authority or influence, whether paid or unpaid,) with any other company, public authority or service or any other organisation, or any other position you have that would or could enable you to influence the award of a contract or allow financial benefit:

  • None

Details of any ownership of land or property or other holdings within Aberdeen (other than main family home) that may be directly or indirectly affected by any known or prospective estate development plan in the vicinity of the city centre campus or the Garthdee campus:

  • None

Details of any other interests or matters of equivalence to any of the above:

  • None

Details where the interests of any close relative may require to be declared:

  • None

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