Key Information

Date: 8th November 2023

Location: Leeds University Union, Woodhouse Place, University of Leeds

Price: £6 for members, £12 for non-members which includes £5 off a future membership.

What do you get? 3 hours of talks from industry professionals, before a facilitated speed-networking session with guests from all sectors of the industry.

Foot In The Door at the University of Leeds, November 2023

Foot In the Door is a one-day event for people at entry and early career level in audio, to build skills development and open access to people and expertise, through training workshops and a facilitated speed-networking session.

Special thanks to Audible for supporting Foot In The Door, Leeds, and to our Radio Academy partners.

Plus a HUGE shout out to Leeds Student Radio (LSR) for hosting us. Thanks also to photographers @socialdocumenter and @amateurangless for documenting the day!


See below for the full Foot In The Door programme! Our guests will share top tips and advice on production, presenting, brand, technology and more, across podcasting, radio and streaming. The guests are from all areas of the industry, from the BBC, commercial, independent and community audio sectors.

Plus, make sure you stop by the BionicVan - it's a truly special experience and will be parked up outside for you to take a tour. The BionicVan is packed full of the latest radio innovation and tech available from Broadcast Bionics. Current kit on the van includes LAWO and Axia AoIP consoles, Omnia and SOUND4 processors, plus popular software products like BionicStudio, VirtualRack, CallerOne and CameraOne. Visit the van to see the kit everyone’s using!


12:00 Arrival and registration at Pyramid Theatre.

12:30 In Conversation with Claira Hermet. After this opening session, there will be multiple sessions to choose from.


  • Everyone can make a podcast, but how do you create a great one?
  • Is making music radio about the bits in between the tracks?


  • Making audio - presenting, producing and executing great content
  • Vision of the Future - Without tech there's no content to broadcast


  • Getting the most from your speech based content
  • How to get your voice and brand heard with socials and marketing

15:30 Refreshments.

16:00 Facilitated speed-networking with industry experts on different areas of audio.

17:30 Social event with The Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch in the Terrace Bar, with the first drink on us!

19:00 Close.

The training workshops and speed networking session are ticketed and open to all, with a half price discount for Radio Academy Members. You must purchase a ticket if you wish to attend these sessions as a delegate. Your ticket also includes an invitation to join the social event at the end of the day.

If you are not already a member, you can join here and benefit from the reduced rate for this and future events, as well as accessing our full resources hub online. If you would prefer to come along and check it out first, you can still benefit from a £5 discount on a year's membership if you choose to join after the event. And remember, it's worth checking to see if you are eligible for free membership, if you are part of one of our Patron Member Organisations.

Speakers (alphabetical order)

  • Alan Archer-Boyd, BBC R&D
  • Alec Feldman, Assistant Producer Hits Radio Breakfast & Hits Radio Presenter
  • Amn Kaur, Producer, BBC Asian Network & Audio Always
  • Andi Durrant, Founder & Director of This Is Distorted
  • Andrew Spence, We Are Unedited
  • Ant McGinley, Podemedy & TheChampPod
  • Becky Lamb-Pritchard, Head of Marketing, This Is Distorted
  • Ben Henderson, Presenter & Producer, BBC World Service
  • Chloe Wilson, Senior Studio Director, BBC Output Operations
  • Chris Kaye, Presenter & Producer, BFBS
  • Claira Hermet, Presenter, BBC Radio London
  • Dan Noble, Presenter, Absolute Radio
  • Edward Adoo, Presenter, BBC
  • Emma Linton, Presenter & Producer, BBC Introducing
  • George Willis, Senior Studio Director, BBC Output Operations
  • Jack Wood, Presenter, Scruff of the Neck & XS Manchester
  • James Larvin, Lead Broadcast Operations Engineer, NewsUK
  • Joel Mitchell, Presenter BBC Local, Radio 1 Cover & Producer BBC 5Live
  • Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, BBC 5Live
  • Katie Tully, Head of Curation, BBC Sounds
  • Mike Cass, Content Director, Virgin Radio
  • Mo Ayoub, Broadcast/Voiceover Artist/DJ
  • Nick Pitts, Content Director, Jazz FM and Scala Radio
  • Olivia Swift, Producer & Podcast Manager, Reform Radio
  • Patrick Carter, Project Manager, Podcast Discovery
  • Paul Emmines, Brand Content Director, CommunicorpUK
  • Perminder Khatkhar, Journalist & Producer
  • Phil Bignell, Systems Architect & Consultant Engineer, Broadcast Bionics
  • Rima Ahmed, Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds
  • Rob Watson, Deputy Content Director, Absolute Radio Network
  • Rufaro Faith Mazarura, Podcast Producer, Audio Always
  • Sean Thorne, Presenter & Producer, Mark Andrews' Love Letter to Wrestling
  • Sian Heron, Senior Producer, This Is Distorted
  • Toby Whitehouse, Client Relations Director, ReelWorld
  • Tom Cummings, Senior Editorial Manager, BBC Sounds
Andi Durrant, Founder and Director, This Is Distorted
Andi Durrant, Founder and Director, This Is Distorted
Rima Ahmed, Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds
Rima Ahmed, Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds
Rufaro Faith Muzarura, Podcast Producer, Audio Always
Rufaro Faith Muzarura, Podcast Producer, Audio Always
Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, BBC 5Live
Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, BBC 5Live
Chloe Wilson, Senior Studio Director, BBC Output Operations
Chloe Wilson, Senior Studio Director, BBC Output Operations
Dan Noble, Presenter, Absolute Radio
Dan Noble, Presenter, Absolute Radio

About Our Training Days

The Radio Academy Training Days are an opportunity hear from the best in the business, on programming, music, news, speech, imaging, technology, presenting, podcasting and more. They're also a great way to meet other brilliant people in the industry, with plenty of opportunities for building your network.

Each Training Day includes a programme of talks from industry experts from across radio and audio, following by an evening of networking drinks to meet new people and make new contacts.

Feedback from our Exeter Training Day

"Great to have industry leaders, and a variety of people in the audience to meet and exchange tips."

"A great day and everyone in our party enjoyed it. Big Thanks."

"A great day all round. Great speakers and presentations throughout. Will definitely attend more."

"Look forward to the next one ...... thanks for a great day!"

Andi Durrant (Founder/Director of Distorted) and Rob Watson (Dep Content Director of Absolute Radio)
Attendees of the music radio panel
Speed Networking with Andrew Spence, Director of Operations, We are Unedited
Speed Networking with Andrew Spence, Director of Operations, We are Unedited