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Chair - #RADFEST19

Jonathan is former boss of Jazz FM and Planet Rock and a director of a number of audio and tech companies.

After an over-enjoyable early career in the wine business, a few years at business school and an interesting period as a political lobbyist in Strasbourg, Jonathan fell into radio, eventually co-founding Hallett Arendt in 1986.

A decade later he joined LBC as Commercial Director, then project managed Xfm’s successful bid for the London licence, joining the board as launch director. He went on to win new licences for fifteen commercial radio stations, many of which he helped launch and run.

He is a fellow of the Academy and chaired the Radio Festival in 2016 and 2017.

Nick Pitts

Creative Director - #RADFEST19

Nick is Content Director of Jazz FM where he has been residing since relaunch in 2008.  Following last year’s acquisition of Jazz FM by Bauer Media, Nick continued in his role with Jazz now sitting under the Once Golden Square portfolio of National Brands.  Alongside full responsibility for the brand, Nick is also Exec Producer and Creative Director of the the world famous Jazz FM Awards. 

Nick was responsible for the 2018 Radio Festival which featured a goodbye from the Academy to Christian O’Connell, a musical exploration from Martyn Ware and Ana Matronic and a live recording of Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd’s ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ podcast.  The last 12 months (or most specifically the first 2 of 2019!) have proved to be pivotal for the audio world and Nick plans to build a festival that reflects this from all sides.

Dixi Stewart

Steering Group - #RADFEST19 

Dixi has been making radio programmes for the past 30 years, starting in the newsrooms of Chiltern Radio, Fox FM and Capital Radio, then on BBC GLR where she devised and co-presented the BBC’s first weekly LGBT show, and later at Talk Radio UK working with Anna Raeburn, Lorraine Kelly and Caesar The Geezer.

 

In 1998 she joined BBC Radio where she produced and edited a variety of daily and weekly programmes including The Food Programme, Woman’s Hour and Saturday Live, as well as live news events, documentaries and, more recently, podcasts such as Fortunately with Fi and Jane.

 

For the past two years Dixi has been working with Bob Shennan, the BBC’s Director of Radio and Music, delivering his strategy to reinvent and grow radio across all the BBC’s services, including BBC Sounds, and planning the future of BBC Radio. Most importantly, she’s taken a lead in implementing initiatives to improve the BBC’s working culture and increase its diversity both on and off air.

Nicci Holliday

Event Manager - #RADFEST19

John Dash

Steering Group - #RADFEST19 

John has a successful 38 year career in UK radio. He’s been honoured with a Fellowship of the Radio Academy, where he’s also Deputy Chair. 

He began his career at West Yorkshire’s Pennine Radio in the 80s, before moving around the UK as a producer, Sports Editor and then Programme Director at stations including Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio and Glasgow’s Radio Clyde. He was Group PD for UTV looking after their 17 local radio stations and later Regional Content Director for Bauer Media Yorkshire running Hallam FM, Viking FM, Radio Aire and Magic Yorkshire.

 

He launched John Dash Media in 2014 to help businesses drive audiences and revenue. His clients include Forces Radio BFBS, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, Media Sound Holdings, Great Yorkshire Radio, Tameside Radio and Mansfield 103.2.

He’s been a judge for many of the industry's awards including those for Arqiva Commercial Radio, Radio Academy, Radio Production, Student Radio, Community Radio and Independent Radio News. 

He’s also a Trustee and Head of Fundraising for the charity Radio Lollipop, which provides audio therapy for sick children in hospital around the world.

Sean Childerley

Steering Group - #RADFEST19

 

Working in the commercial media world for over twenty years within regional print as well as commercial radio and regional TV, Sean has also worked within government funded training and careers development. 

As Managing Director of The Radio Academy, Sean will be taking the lead in Radio Festival’s 2019 sponsor partnerships, as well as working as part of the Steering Group.

Iain Macintosh

Steering Group - #RADFEST19

Iain Macintosh is the CEO of Muddy Knees Media, a rapidly expanding podcast production company.

Building on the flagship show, "The Totally Football Show with James Richardson," Macintosh has built a company with over a dozen podcasts including "The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport," and "Acting Up with Jamie Crick.

Lucy Goodwin

Steering Group - #RADFEST19

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.



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Dixi Stewart

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Nicci Holliday

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Chair - #RADFEST19

Jonathan is former boss of Jazz FM and Planet Rock and a director of a number of audio and tech companies.

After an over-enjoyable early career in the wine business, a few years at business school and an interesting period as a political lobbyist in Strasbourg, Jonathan fell into radio, eventually co-founding Hallett Arendt in 1986.

A decade later he joined LBC as Commercial Director, then project managed Xfm’s successful bid for the London licence, joining the board as launch director. He went on to win new licences for fifteen commercial radio stations, many of which he helped launch and run.

He is a fellow of the Academy and chaired the Radio Festival in 2016 and 2017.

Nick Pitts

Creative Director - #RADFEST19

Nick is Content Director of Jazz FM where he has been residing since relaunch in 2008.  Following last year’s acquisition of Jazz FM by Bauer Media, Nick continued in his role with Jazz now sitting under the Once Golden Square portfolio of National Brands.  Alongside full responsibility for the brand, Nick is also Exec Producer and Creative Director of the the world famous Jazz FM Awards. 

Nick was responsible for the 2018 Radio Festival which featured a goodbye from the Academy to Christian O’Connell, a musical exploration from Martyn Ware and Ana Matronic and a live recording of Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd’s ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ podcast.  The last 12 months (or most specifically the first 2 of 2019!) have proved to be pivotal for the audio world and Nick plans to build a festival that reflects this from all sides.

Dixi Stewart

Steering Group - #RADFEST19 

Dixi has been making radio programmes for the past 30 years, starting in the newsrooms of Chiltern Radio, Fox FM and Capital Radio, then on BBC GLR where she devised and co-presented the BBC’s first weekly LGBT show, and later at Talk Radio UK working with Anna Raeburn, Lorraine Kelly and Caesar The Geezer.

 

In 1998 she joined BBC Radio where she produced and edited a variety of daily and weekly programmes including The Food Programme, Woman’s Hour and Saturday Live, as well as live news events, documentaries and, more recently, podcasts such as Fortunately with Fi and Jane.

 

For the past two years Dixi has been working with Bob Shennan, the BBC’s Director of Radio and Music, delivering his strategy to reinvent and grow radio across all the BBC’s services, including BBC Sounds, and planning the future of BBC Radio. Most importantly, she’s taken a lead in implementing initiatives to improve the BBC’s working culture and increase its diversity both on and off air.

Nicci Holliday

Event Manager - #RADFEST19



John Dash

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Sean Childerley

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Iain Macintosh

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Lucy Goodwin

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John Dash

Steering Group - #RADFEST19 

John has a successful 38 year career in UK radio. He’s been honoured with a Fellowship of the Radio Academy, where he’s also Deputy Chair. 

He began his career at West Yorkshire’s Pennine Radio in the 80s, before moving around the UK as a producer, Sports Editor and then Programme Director at stations including Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio and Glasgow’s Radio Clyde. He was Group PD for UTV looking after their 17 local radio stations and later Regional Content Director for Bauer Media Yorkshire running Hallam FM, Viking FM, Radio Aire and Magic Yorkshire.

 

He launched John Dash Media in 2014 to help businesses drive audiences and revenue. His clients include Forces Radio BFBS, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, Media Sound Holdings, Great Yorkshire Radio, Tameside Radio and Mansfield 103.2.

He’s been a judge for many of the industry's awards including those for Arqiva Commercial Radio, Radio Academy, Radio Production, Student Radio, Community Radio and Independent Radio News. 

He’s also a Trustee and Head of Fundraising for the charity Radio Lollipop, which provides audio therapy for sick children in hospital around the world.

Sean Childerley

Steering Group - #RADFEST19

 

Working in the commercial media world for over twenty years within regional print as well as commercial radio and regional TV, Sean has also worked within government funded training and careers development. 

As Managing Director of The Radio Academy, Sean will be taking the lead in Radio Festival’s 2019 sponsor partnerships, as well as working as part of the Steering Group.

Iain Macintosh

Steering Group - #RADFEST19

Iain Macintosh is the CEO of Muddy Knees Media, a rapidly expanding podcast production company.

Building on the flagship show, "The Totally Football Show with James Richardson," Macintosh has built a company with over a dozen podcasts including "The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport," and "Acting Up with Jamie Crick.

Lucy Goodwin

Steering Group - #RADFEST19

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.


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