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Jonathan Arendt

Chair of the Radio Festival

Jonathan Arendt is CEO of JAZZ FM having previously been a director of Planet Rock, LBC and XFM.

He has founded, invested in and managed many other independent local radio stations.

He is also co-founder of radio research agency Hallett Arendt and a director of connected research specialist AudienceNet.

Nicci Holliday

Director of Events at The Radio Academy

Nicci joined the BBC in 1995 and spent 20 years working in BBC Local Radio. She began by producing programmes, picking up a couple of Sony's Gold's along the way,

before working as an SBJ, Assistant Editor and finally as Managing Editor of BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey #love BBC Local Radio.

During that time, Nicci also worked on major BBC editorial and strategic projects. Nicci left the BBC to set up her own company, working for ITV and the BBC Academy and is now having a great time running events at the Radio Academy.

Sera Baker

Producer at The Radio Academy

Sera joined the Radio Academy team in June last year, and is currently producing 2017's Radio Festival and 30 Under 30.

She's also working on various other projects, including producing a BBC Radio 1 documentary, writing and producing radio-drama, and (soon to be) a Masters in Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Chair of The Radio Academy

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for BBC Design and Engineering. She has spent a career working working in the audio industry and held a variety of editorial and operational roles.

She is currently the Chair of the Radio Academy 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.

Steve Parkinson

Vice Chair of The Radio Academy

Steve Parkinson is currently Group Managing Director for Bauer Media's UK national brands and has worked in the UK media and events industry for last 25 years.

He has launched and managed some of the UK's most well known radio brands from Kiss, Magic, and Absolute Radio, to Heart, LBC and Galaxy. Bauer's UK national brands broadcast to 12m listeners each week.

Steve is Vice Chair of the UK Radio Academy and a director for The Prince's Trust in the UK

Roger Cutsforth

Chief Executive of The Radio Academy

Roger is in his third year as Managing Director of The Radio Academy, having spent the previous 20 plus years working in Commercial Radio and the Independent Production sectors.

Roger has operational responsibility of the Academy and the development of its portfolio of services, events, partnerships and revenue streams.

Stephanie Hirst

Committee Member

Starting her career aged 12 at Radio Aire in Leeds, securing a slot on the overnight show at 16, this took her on an unbelievable journey hosting some of the biggest commercial radio shows in the UK, including the national Sunday top 40 show 'Hit40UK' for 3 years, along with the biggest breakfast show outside of London for over a decade on Capital Yorkshire. A true radio fan, who has always been fascinated by the workings of the industry, both on and off the air.

At last year's festival she was awarded a 'Fellowship' of the Academy, and with a passion for nurturing the next generation of new talent, she can currently be heard on BBC Radio Manchester hosting her weekly 'Vinyl Revival' show.

"It's a huge honour to be part of the team, helping to create this years festival. The theme 'Stand Out' is something which is very dear to my heart, as I believe the only way to reach the heart and soul of the British listening public is to stand out and be the best!"

Edward Adoo

Committee Member

Edward Adoo is a London based Broadcaster, Writer, DJ and Voiceover Artist.

He has a weekly show on BBC Three Counties, covers on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC News Channel papers. Ed often appears on Sky News, London Live and 5 News.

Heidi Dawson

Committee Member

Heidi has 15 years experience of live programme making at the BBC. Starting at BBC Radio Solent producing the Breakfast and mid-morning programmes, she then moved to London as a researcher on Radio 4's WATO & PM.

At Radio 5 live Heidi went on to produce many of the news programmes and became an experienced field producer with trips to Israel, Iraq, one World Cup and two Olympic Games. In 2013 she became Editor in the 5 live management team, with responsibilities including the launch of 5 live's In-Short digital and social media content.

Xanthe Fuller

Committee Member

Xanthe joined Mixcloud as Head of Community in September 2015.

Her role involves working with influential curators to maximise their reach on Mixcloud, encouraging new influential curators to join the platform, working in a team to devise and execute live and online community events plus brand partnership events, speaking at music conferences, and more.

Lucy Goodwin

Committee Member

Lucy's career has spanned political and media fields,

from ITN, The Daily Telegraph, IPC Magazines and RadioCentre to the Conservative Party Central Office. She is currently the Director at Reputation Communications.

Louise Davies

Committee Member

Louise became the Business Manager of The Radio Academy in January.

Prior to this role, Louise has spent 12 years in commercial radio working on both the broadcasting side and in sales, sponsorship and creative. Her last post saw her head up as Senior Media Executive of Capital East Midlands "Creative Partnership Team".



Jonathan Arendt (Chair)

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Nicci Holliday

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Sera Baker

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Chris Burns

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Jonathan Arendt

Chair of the Radio Festival

Jonathan Arendt is CEO of JAZZ FM having previously been a director of Planet Rock, LBC and XFM.

He has founded, invested in and managed many other independent local radio stations.

He is also co-founder of radio research agency Hallett Arendt and a director of connected research specialist AudienceNet.

Nicci Holliday

Director of Events at The Radio Academy

Nicci joined the BBC in 1995 and spent 20 years working in BBC Local Radio. She began by producing programmes, picking up a couple of Sony's Gold's along the way,

before working as an SBJ, Assistant Editor and finally as Managing Editor of BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey #love BBC Local Radio.

During that time, Nicci also worked on major BBC editorial and strategic projects. Nicci left the BBC to set up her own company, working for ITV and the BBC Academy and is now having a great time running events at the Radio Academy.

Sera Baker

Producer at The Radio Academy

Sera joined the Radio Academy team in June last year, and is currently producing 2017's Radio Festival and 30 Under 30.

She's also working on various other projects, including producing a BBC Radio 1 documentary, writing and producing radio-drama, and (soon to be) a Masters in Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Chair of The Radio Academy

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for BBC Design and Engineering. She has spent a career working working in the audio industry and held a variety of editorial and operational roles.

She is currently the Chair of the Radio Academy 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.



Steve Parkinson

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Roger Cutsforth

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Stephanie Hirst

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Edward Adoo

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Steve Parkinson

Vice Chair of The Radio Academy

Steve Parkinson is currently Group Managing Director for Bauer Media's UK national brands and has worked in the UK media and events industry for last 25 years.

He has launched and managed some of the UK's most well known radio brands from Kiss, Magic, and Absolute Radio, to Heart, LBC and Galaxy. Bauer's UK national brands broadcast to 12m listeners each week.

Steve is Vice Chair of the UK Radio Academy and a director for The Prince's Trust in the UK

Roger Cutsforth

Chief Executive of The Radio Academy

Roger is in his third year as Managing Director of The Radio Academy, having spent the previous 20 plus years working in Commercial Radio and the Independent Production sectors.

Roger has operational responsibility of the Academy and the development of its portfolio of services, events, partnerships and revenue streams.

Stephanie Hirst

Committee Member

Starting her career aged 12 at Radio Aire in Leeds, securing a slot on the overnight show at 16, this took her on an unbelievable journey hosting some of the biggest commercial radio shows in the UK, including the national Sunday top 40 show 'Hit40UK' for 3 years, along with the biggest breakfast show outside of London for over a decade on Capital Yorkshire. A true radio fan, who has always been fascinated by the workings of the industry, both on and off the air.

At last year's festival she was awarded a 'Fellowship' of the Academy, and with a passion for nurturing the next generation of new talent, she can currently be heard on BBC Radio Manchester hosting her weekly 'Vinyl Revival' show.

"It's a huge honour to be part of the team, helping to create this years festival. The theme 'Stand Out' is something which is very dear to my heart, as I believe the only way to reach the heart and soul of the British listening public is to stand out and be the best!"

Edward Adoo

Committee Member

Edward Adoo is a London based Broadcaster, Writer, DJ and Voiceover Artist.

He has a weekly show on BBC Three Counties, covers on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC News Channel papers. Ed often appears on Sky News, London Live and 5 News.



Heidi Dawson

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Xanthe Fuller

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Lucy Goodwin

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Louise Davies

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Heidi Dawson

Committee Member

Heidi has 15 years experience of live programme making at the BBC. Starting at BBC Radio Solent producing the Breakfast and mid-morning programmes, she then moved to London as a researcher on Radio 4's WATO & PM.

At Radio 5 live Heidi went on to produce many of the news programmes and became an experienced field producer with trips to Israel, Iraq, one World Cup and two Olympic Games. In 2013 she became Editor in the 5 live management team, with responsibilities including the launch of 5 live's In-Short digital and social media content.

Xanthe Fuller

Committee Member

Xanthe joined Mixcloud as Head of Community in September 2015.

Her role involves working with influential curators to maximise their reach on Mixcloud, encouraging new influential curators to join the platform, working in a team to devise and execute live and online community events plus brand partnership events, speaking at music conferences, and more.

Lucy Goodwin

Committee Member

Lucy's career has spanned political and media fields,

from ITN, The Daily Telegraph, IPC Magazines and RadioCentre to the Conservative Party Central Office. She is currently the Director at Reputation Communications.

Louise Davies

Committee Member

Louise became the Business Manager of The Radio Academy in January.

Prior to this role, Louise has spent 12 years in commercial radio working on both the broadcasting side and in sales, sponsorship and creative. Her last post saw her head up as Senior Media Executive of Capital East Midlands "Creative Partnership Team".

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