Announcing our Women In Radio & Audio series


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The Radio Academy will be celebrating Women In Radio & Audio this spring, with a series of lunchtime webinars highlighting inspiring leadership and creative achievement.

The programme of six talks will launch on Wednesday 24thFebruary with a leadership panel hosted by Head of BBC Radio 2, and Chair of The Radio Academy, Helen Thomas.  She’ll be hearing the inspirational stories of leading women in the business, including KISS Network Content Director Rebecca Frank, BBC Controller of Popular Music Lorna Clarke, CEO of Radiocentre Siobhan Kenny, and Chief Executive of Ofcom Dame Melanie Dawes.

The launch event will be followed by five in-conversation talks, each taking place on a Wednesday lunchtime during March – International Women’s Month.  The talks will explore a broad range of areas of radio and audio, and confirmed guests includeBBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox and her producer Louise Molony, and podcasting pioneer Helen Zaltzman. More names will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the live events, March will see the return of the Radio Academy’s Inspirations audio series, releasing daily clips of women in radio and audio talking about their heroes and inspirations in the business.

Announcing the project, Chair of The Radio Academy, Helen Thomas, said: 

“I’m so pleased that my first role as Chair of The Radio Academy is to host this fantastic event. I can’t wait to hear about the journeys of some of the women I most admire, and who have motivated me in my radio career. The whole Women In Radio & Audio project throughout March is designed to inspire and encourage members, with brilliant stories and extraordinary achievements.”

All six events will be available free to Radio Academy Members through a live stream on this website, and will be made available on-demand too. 

Members can register their interest now, at