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Chair - #RADFEST18

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Director General Group BBC. She has spent her career working in the audio industry and held a variety of editorial and operational roles.

Chris was Chair of the Radio Academy from its relaunch in 2015 until April this year and was one of the founders of Sound Women.

She is committed to passing on what knowledge she has to others and helping them fulfill their potential.

Nick Pitts

Director - #RADFEST18

Now in the 26th year of his “year out”, Nick is currently Content Director of Jazz FM where he has been residing since relaunch in 2008.  He has responsibility for all audio, visual and comms content for the national brand along with

Exec Producing the now world famous Jazz FM Awards. 

Nick has produced many festival sessions over the years, including one where all the tech failed! His role in 2018 is to give the entire Festival a creative direction to make a really exciting day for the industry to celebrate Audio.

Natasha Guthrie

Event Manager - #RADFEST18

Natasha has over 10 years marketing experience solidified through developing KISS FM UK’s festival partnerships, social, charity partners, commercial campaigns & events.

Natasha also has extensive B2B marketing experience from her time at Bauer as well as ITN Productions and gathered theatrical marketing knowledge at Universal Pictures.

Natasha has a passion for music and events which elate audiences and provide a positive experience that stays with them forever.

Roger Cutsforth

Chief Executive of The Radio Academy

As Chief Exec of The Radio Academy, Roger is now helping with his fourth Radio Festival.

Roger’s radio and audio experience prior to becoming CEO of the Academy

was in managing Commercial Radio stations, an Independent Production company and an Ad Agency.

His primary role on the Festival Steering Group is to ensure the Members voices are heard and to develop the commercial partnerships intrinsic to its success.

Alison Winter

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Alison Winter is Head of Audiences for BBC Radio and Education. The role that oversees all audience research and performance analysis on behalf of the BBC’s Radio, Music, Children’s and Education output, across TV, Radio and Online.   

But it’s the radio element that has run through almost all of her career to date.      

She first worked with Commercial Radio, in roles at trade association CRCA, and finally as Head of Audience Insight at RadioCentre.ʉ۬Alison is a RAJAR Board Director and was bowled over to be made a Fellow of the UK Radio Academy in 2015.

Chris Baughen

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Chris is currently VP Content and Productions for digital streaming company Deezer where he is responsible for playlisting strategy and non-music content across all Deezer territories.

Prior to this, he spent 15 years working in Radio, first as a commercial copywriter and music producer, before moving into show production and programming.

Having spent time at Kerrang! Radio, XFM and Capital, his most recent role was as Managing Editor for XFM where he oversaw the national rebranding of the station as Radio X.

Ford Ennals

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Ford Ennals is Chief Executive of Digital Radio UK, a post he’s held since 2009 having previously been the CEO of Digital UK, the digital TV switchover body.

Digital radio listening in the UK is currently on 49.9% according to the latest Rajar Q4 2017, could the pivotal 50% figure be announced in the week of Radio Festival?

Ford’s consumer insights and strong relationships will be invaluable to #RADFEST18.

Will Saunders

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Will Saunders is an independent consultant and executive producer. He is a Digital Leader in the media industry with a strong editorial track record on television, on radio and online.

Most recently he has been consulting with DCMS on a government review aimed at making the UK a world leader in Digital Culture.

As a television & radio producer he has made shows with; Graham Norton, Flight Of The Conchords, Lee Mack, Mel & Sue, Mark Radcliffe & Tim Minchin, and has won 6 Radio Academy Awards.

Tony Patti

Steering Group - #RADFEST18
 
Group Head of Lyca Media - Tony Patti is Britain's only Fire Eating Asian DJ!
 
Captivating audiences and the Asian community over 28 years with his popular breakfast show,

legendary club nights and huge mobile roadshow discos (the biggest in the UK) with his passion for Soul, Jazz, Funk Music.

Radio Management Consultant/Director. Experienced and Award winning Broadcaster. Expertise and a wealth of experience in successfully building, designing launching, and developing radio stations world-wide.

Ruth Fitzsimons

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Ruth is SVP of International Operations at audioBoom and is responsible for audioBoom operations in Europe, Australia and India. Since joining the podcast platform in 2014.

Ruth has developed the business and editorial strategy for ROW offices and secured high profile partnerships.

Prior to audioBoom, Ruth worked as an award-winning radio producer and journalist on a wide rage of speech programming and podcasts for BBC, Global Radio, RTÉ and Communicorp, winning awards from the The Radio Academy and New York Radio Festival.

Lucy Goodwin

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

A career spanning political and media fields, encompassing The Daily Telegraph, ITN, IPC Magazines and commercial radio,

Lucy has also worked for a number of government departments including an election campaign at Conservative Central Office.

Well versed in all communications disciplines from consumer campaigns and trade media to corporate reputation and crisis management, Lucy is a director at PR agency, Reputation Communications.  Clients include Radioplayer and Radioworks and of course, The Radio Academy.

Robert Gallacher

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Graduate of The National Broadcasting School, Robert began his BBC career in the Gramophone Library in 1985.  Since then he has worked as a programme producer at BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 2.

He ran the BBC’s Corporate Radio Promotions unit in the early 90s, and has also spent time as a Promotions Director in BBC Television.

Winner of three Radio Academy Awards and five PROMAX Awards, he now oversees Station Sound, and is Commissioning Editor, across the BBC’s Pop Radio Networks.



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Nick Pitts

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Natasha Guthrie

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Roger Cutsforth

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Chair - #RADFEST18

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Director General Group BBC. She has spent her career working in the audio industry and held a variety of editorial and operational roles.

Chris was Chair of the Radio Academy from its relaunch in 2015 until April this year and was one of the founders of Sound Women.

She is committed to passing on what knowledge she has to others and helping them fulfill their potential.

Nick Pitts

Director - #RADFEST18

Now in the 26th year of his “year out”, Nick is currently Content Director of Jazz FM where he has been residing since relaunch in 2008.  He has responsibility for all audio, visual and comms content for the national brand along with

Exec Producing the now world famous Jazz FM Awards. 

Nick has produced many festival sessions over the years, including one where all the tech failed! His role in 2018 is to give the entire Festival a creative direction to make a really exciting day for the industry to celebrate Audio.

Natasha Guthrie

Event Manager - #RADFEST18

Natasha has over 10 years marketing experience solidified through developing KISS FM UK’s festival partnerships, social, charity partners, commercial campaigns & events.

Natasha also has extensive B2B marketing experience from her time at Bauer as well as ITN Productions and gathered theatrical marketing knowledge at Universal Pictures.

Natasha has a passion for music and events which elate audiences and provide a positive experience that stays with them forever.

Roger Cutsforth

Chief Executive of The Radio Academy

As Chief Exec of The Radio Academy, Roger is now helping with his fourth Radio Festival.

Roger’s radio and audio experience prior to becoming CEO of the Academy

was in managing Commercial Radio stations, an Independent Production company and an Ad Agency.

His primary role on the Festival Steering Group is to ensure the Members voices are heard and to develop the commercial partnerships intrinsic to its success.



Alison Winter

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Chris Baughen

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Ford Ennals

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Will Saunders

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Alison Winter

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Alison Winter is Head of Audiences for BBC Radio and Education. The role that oversees all audience research and performance analysis on behalf of the BBC’s Radio, Music, Children’s and Education output, across TV, Radio and Online.   

But it’s the radio element that has run through almost all of her career to date.      

She first worked with Commercial Radio, in roles at trade association CRCA, and finally as Head of Audience Insight at RadioCentre.ʉ۬Alison is a RAJAR Board Director and was bowled over to be made a Fellow of the UK Radio Academy in 2015.

Chris Baughen

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Chris is currently VP Content and Productions for digital streaming company Deezer where he is responsible for playlisting strategy and non-music content across all Deezer territories.

Prior to this, he spent 15 years working in Radio, first as a commercial copywriter and music producer, before moving into show production and programming.

Having spent time at Kerrang! Radio, XFM and Capital, his most recent role was as Managing Editor for XFM where he oversaw the national rebranding of the station as Radio X.

Ford Ennals

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Ford Ennals is Chief Executive of Digital Radio UK, a post he’s held since 2009 having previously been the CEO of Digital UK, the digital TV switchover body.

Digital radio listening in the UK is currently on 49.9% according to the latest Rajar Q4 2017, could the pivotal 50% figure be announced in the week of Radio Festival?

Ford’s consumer insights and strong relationships will be invaluable to #RADFEST18.

Will Saunders

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Will Saunders is an independent consultant and executive producer. He is a Digital Leader in the media industry with a strong editorial track record on television, on radio and online.

Most recently he has been consulting with DCMS on a government review aimed at making the UK a world leader in Digital Culture.

As a television & radio producer he has made shows with; Graham Norton, Flight Of The Conchords, Lee Mack, Mel & Sue, Mark Radcliffe & Tim Minchin, and has won 6 Radio Academy Awards.



Tony Patti

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Ruth Fitzsimons

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Lucy Goodwin

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Robert Gallacher

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Tony Patti

Steering Group - #RADFEST18
 
Group Head of Lyca Media - Tony Patti is Britain's only Fire Eating Asian DJ!
 
Captivating audiences and the Asian community over 28 years with his popular breakfast show,

legendary club nights and huge mobile roadshow discos (the biggest in the UK) with his passion for Soul, Jazz, Funk Music.

Radio Management Consultant/Director. Experienced and Award winning Broadcaster. Expertise and a wealth of experience in successfully building, designing launching, and developing radio stations world-wide.

Ruth Fitzsimons

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Ruth is SVP of International Operations at audioBoom and is responsible for audioBoom operations in Europe, Australia and India. Since joining the podcast platform in 2014.

Ruth has developed the business and editorial strategy for ROW offices and secured high profile partnerships.

Prior to audioBoom, Ruth worked as an award-winning radio producer and journalist on a wide rage of speech programming and podcasts for BBC, Global Radio, RTÉ and Communicorp, winning awards from the The Radio Academy and New York Radio Festival.

Lucy Goodwin

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

A career spanning political and media fields, encompassing The Daily Telegraph, ITN, IPC Magazines and commercial radio,

Lucy has also worked for a number of government departments including an election campaign at Conservative Central Office.

Well versed in all communications disciplines from consumer campaigns and trade media to corporate reputation and crisis management, Lucy is a director at PR agency, Reputation Communications.  Clients include Radioplayer and Radioworks and of course, The Radio Academy.

Robert Gallacher

Steering Group - #RADFEST18

Graduate of The National Broadcasting School, Robert began his BBC career in the Gramophone Library in 1985.  Since then he has worked as a programme producer at BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 2.

He ran the BBC’s Corporate Radio Promotions unit in the early 90s, and has also spent time as a Promotions Director in BBC Television.

Winner of three Radio Academy Awards and five PROMAX Awards, he now oversees Station Sound, and is Commissioning Editor, across the BBC’s Pop Radio Networks.


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