Biography

Ilse Howling is managing director of Freeview, the UK's leading digital TV provider, backed by Channel 4, ITV, Sky, the BBC and Arqiva.  

Before joining Freeview, Ilse was at the BBC where she led the corporation's digital marketing - including launching Freeview.  Previously, Ilse held marketing and strategy roles on the boards of the BBC's Production and Radio divisions. Other BBC roles included a spell as a news producer on BBC Radio Five Live.  Before joining the BBC, Ilse worked for US telecoms operator NYNEX, running corporate communications for its European subsidiary.  Before that, she was sales and marketing manager for a start-up online information provider. 

Ilse lives in the countryside south of London with her partner and two sons. She is a member of Amnesty International. Ilse holds a first degree in International History and Politics, an MA in History and an MBA. Ilse joined the Board of Trustees in July 2009.