IBC president John Wilson has died.

Wilson, who was a long-term chairman of IBC, was described by colleagues as “the architect of IBC as we know it today”.

As well as playing a leading role in the broadcast equipment trade show and conference, Wilson was most recently sales director at Link Electronics.

He also founded displays business Anna Valley. 

From 1968, IBC was managed by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) with advice from the RTS, but under Wilson’s guidance IBC became an independent body owned by six partner bodies (the IABM, IEEE, IET, RTS, SCTE and SMPTE) with a full-time professional staff. IBC also moved from the UK to the Netherlands.

He became chair of the new-look organisation and when he passed on the mantle in 1999 he was given the title of president.

TSL founder David McGregor, who has attended every IBC, said: “John Wilson was always the perfect gentleman who in his own quiet way worked extremely hard for the benefit of IBC and the broadcast industry in general.

“His chairmanship transformed IBC into the well-drilled organisation it is today.”

A memorial service will be held at 2.30pm on 24 June, at All Saint’s Church, Upper Clatford, near Andover.