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Posted by Sean Childerley on 8th February 2019


Three new members have been elected to sit on the board of trustees of The Radio Academy, following a vote by Academy members, with a fourth trustee co-opted by the board. 


Dixi Stewart, Editorial Lead, BBC Radio and Music; Grace Hopper, former Academy 30 under 30 winner and BBC Radio 1 producer and Philippa Ayott, Daytime Editor, BBC Radio 2, have all been appointed trustees.  In addition, Nick Pitts, Content Director at Jazz FM, has been co-opted by the board as a trustee to take up the role of Creative Director of Radio Festival.


The new trustees join the Academy as it is about to embark on the next phase of its growth, following the appointment late last year of new Managing Director, Sean Childerley.  Each trustee will serve a term of up to three years.

Trustees have overall legal responsibility for The Radio Academy and the board is responsible for overseeing the direction of the Academy, its programmes and how its money is spent.


Sean Childerley, Managing Director of The Radio Academy said:  “I’m delighted to welcome our new trustees, who provide depth and balance to an already diverse and highly experienced board.  The Radio Academy is very fortunate to be able to draw upon such a wealth of talent, covering all sectors and areas of radio and audio, with the new appointments complementing the knowledge and skills currently on the board.


“On behalf of the Academy, I would also like to thank Jonty Usborne, Camilla Byk and Matt Payton, who have stepped down as Trustees, for all their hard work and commitment over the past three years.   I am very much looking forward to working with my new board to deliver a fantastic programme of events and activities for 2019.”


Dixi Stewart, Editorial Lead at BBC Radio and Music said:  “If you love radio you’ve got to love The Radio Academy; it’s the bulwark protecting our industry and promoting the brightest talent within it.  It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be elected as a trustee and I’m excited to be working with The Radio Academy to rally and focus the passions of all parts of the audio sector.”


Grace Hopper, BBC Radio 1 producer, said:  “As a young female producer, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to The Radio Academy board. Every day I strive to create outstanding radio in a very crowded industry, and I will bring my desire for achievement to this new role with The Radio Academy.”


Philippa Ayott, Daytime Editor, BBC Radio 2, said:  “ I am delighted to become a trustee at The Radio Academy.  With over 20 years experience, I am passionate about broadcasting in all versions of audio and I’m looking forward to bringing that passion and experience to the Academy board, working with Sean, the team and my fellow trustees."

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