Molly Guinness, Rob Littlejohn and Adam Uytman join trustee board


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Three new trustees have been announced to join The Radio Academy board of trustees.

Following an election by Radio Academy Members, Molly Guinness, Rob Littlejohn and Adam Uytman have been announced as the new additions to their board of trustees.

The charity opened elections for new trustees in January, seeking two trustees to join the board. In unprecedented circumstances, there was a tie in the results for the second trustee position. To honour the results of the members’ vote, the trustees have invited the three trustees who gained the top number of votes to join the board.

Molly Guinness is executive producer of Times Radio Breakfast, which has received award nominations for best breakfast programme. Molly was also shortlisted for news producer of the year in the Society of Editors awards 2022. On joining the board, Molly aims to represent the mavericks, the innovators and the night-shifters – and the young ones who have all this to learn. She says: “I’m thrilled to be joining the board of trustees and will do everything in my power to make those who voted for me glad that they did.

Rob Littlejohn is Head of Audio for Fire in the Booth on Apple Music and also runs a production company working across the radio, independent and podcast sector. Rob previously worked at BBC Radio 1Xtra, Asian Network and Radio 1. Across 25 years, he has been producing, leading and showcasing radio’s ability to connect with underserved communities. He says: “Becoming a Trustee is very exciting and a huge honour, as The Radio Academy proudly celebrates my first two loves - radio and community. I can not wait to meet the team and continue to help shape this powerful medium in its future.

Adam Uytman is joining ReelWorld as Director of Client Relations and Business Development. Adam was most recently International Development Director at Acast, and previously Producer at Beat 106, Programme Director at Kerrang! and XFM, Editor across BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2 and 6 Music, and Director of Content at Listen/Wisebuddah. He says: "The Radio Academy has such an important role to play in the continued growth and development of the industry at a pivotal time, an industry that has changed so much over the last few years yet continues to provide so much value - both for listeners, but also those that work within it. I'm thrilled to be joining as a Trustee, and look forward to helping support the organisation through what continues to be an exciting time for the medium of audio."

Molly, Rob and Adam join the board this month, starting a three year term as trustees. Stepping down this month after election in 2021 are Kathryn Anastasi (TalkSport), Adele Cross (BBC Radio 1Xtra) and Will Jackson (WorldDAB). The board will now consider opportunities for co-opted Trustees to join the board, following a board skills analysis, to ensure all requisite experience and areas of the industry are well represented.

Welcoming the new trustees to the board, Chair of The Radio Academy board Helen Thomas said:

I’m delighted that Molly, Rob and Adam will be joining the Trustees. Their experience and passion will add to the brilliant array of talent on the board, and I know we all look forward to working with them all. We are also pleased that we could honour the votes of the membership and invite all three of them to join us.

“I’d like to publicly thank the outgoing Trustees for their service over the last three years.  All have contributed hugely to a period of terrific growth and continued evolution for the charity, and I know all our members will be hugely grateful.