• Radio expert with twenty years’ experience at all levels, with a particular interest in development and new platforms.
• Creative radio programmer and producer; detailed knowledge of regulation.
• Specialist in live information content, including use of social media.
• Contributions across the radio industry including judging radio awards, most recently the New York International Radio Awards and Sony Radio Academy Awards; awarded life membership of the Student Radio Association last year. Speaker and participant in radio industry working groups, events and conferences.
May 2008 to date: Manager - Traffic Radio, Global Traffic Network UK Ltd
• Launched and now manage GTN’s £2.2million-a-year Traffic Radio contract with the Highways Agency (HA) and Transport for London (TfL). The 24-hour rolling travel news service is broadcast nationally on DAB digital radio, at trafficradio.org.uk, and on mobile phones including via GTN’s iPhone application for the HA, downloaded over 400,000 times to date.
• Manage a team of five reporters based within the HA’s National Traffic Control Centre and two at TfL’s control room, plus seven producers and freelancers.
• Responsible for the station’s output and its performance against the HA’s Service Level Agreements, as well as developing the service and increasing revenue through new initiatives such as supply of the station’s content to British Forces Broadcasting and over 50 community radio stations.
• Work on other projects as part of GTN’s UK operational management team, including liaison with commercial radio clients. I have a particular focus on new radio platforms and social media; as part of this I represent GTN on the Government’s Digital Radio Action Plan communications group.
June 2005 - May 2008: Senior Radio Executive, Content & Standards, Ofcom
Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.
• Worked within the Radio Team, project managing the assessment of applications for new commercial radio licences and digital multiplexes, and line-managing two administrative staff. The work included detailed analysis of business plans, programming and research, including Octagon analysis of RAJAR.
• Project managed the major “Future of Radio” project, reviewing the future of radio regulation as listening moves to digital, and the re-licensing of existing services.
• Assisted with licensing community radio, and adjudications on content issues.
• Completed Ofcom’s “Management Development Programme”.
April 1999 - June 2005: Head of Radio, Trafficlink (UK) Ltd
Trafficlink supplies radio travel news to over 240 stations including the BBC and national commercial stations.
• Sat on the Operational Board of the company, with overall responsibility for all radio services, client liaison, and winning new radio supply contracts.
• Managed broadcaster training, working closely with client stations.
• Developed other new revenue areas including digital radio, TV, mobile and website supply contracts.
1998 - 99: Programme Controller, 107.7 Chelmer fm
107.7 Chelmer fm was the new local radio station for mid-Essex, launched in 1998.
• Responsible for the overall sound of the station, including music and production elements, and for recruitment of presenters, and Radio Authority compliance.
• Trained staff on the Enco-DAD system, used Selector for music programming, and deputised for the MD.
• Presented the drive-time show and covered breakfast. The station’s first “RAJAR” audience figures were only recently equalled.
1995 - 98: Metro Networks (UK) Ltd
Working initially as Broadcast Manager, duties involved recruiting and training both ground and airborne traffic broadcasters. Moved to become Client Relations Manager, with responsibility for ensuring good relations with stations at the highest level.
1992 - 97: “Swing” Presenter, 102.7 Mercury FM
Presenting programmes on Mercury FM, in Surrey and Sussex; using computer playout.
1994 - 95: Programme Assistant, BBC Southern Counties Radio
Primarily on the mid-morning show, including studio production; researching and booking guests; feature production and radio car reporting; programme administration.
1993 - 94: Airborne Reporter, Metro Traffic Control (UK)
Traffic reporting from a light aircraft on four stations on the south coast; covering other shifts including London’s Kiss 100. I then transferred direct to Southern FM in Sussex, presenting travel and covering shows.
1990 - 93: Allied Radio plc (Radio Mercury)
I joined as Manager of Airport Information Radio at Heathrow; transferred to Radio Mercury, producing the breakfast show; I moved to become Programme Co-ordinator of a new service, launching and producing the new Breakfast Show.
1986 - 89: BA (Hons) Government, Essex University: 2:2
Options included Sociology, Philosophy, Economics, US and Soviet Politics.
Programme Controller, University Radio Essex
1979 - 86: Wilson’s School, Wallington, Surrey: 4 A-Levels, 9 O-Levels.
Outside radio, my interests include comedy, real ale, animation, travelling, music, and current affairs. I hold a current driving licence.