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The Board of Trustees have overall legal responsibility for The Radio Academy and we seek to attract Trustees with a diverse range of skillsets to provide the Charity with a comprehensive knowledge base to serve our members best interests.

Trustees are expected to serve a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years.

Chair
Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE - Chair,

Deputy Chair
John Dash - Deputy Chair,

 
Dennie Morris,

 
Stephanie Hirst,

 
Steve Taylor,

 
Aradhna Tayal,

 
Camilla Byk,

 
Jonathan Arendt,

 
Matt Payton,

 
Sam Bailey,

 
Jonty Usborne,

 
Tunde Ogungbesan,

 
Ahmed Hussain,

 
The Radio Academy,



Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE - Chair

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John Dash - Deputy Chair

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Dennie Morris

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Stephanie Hirst

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Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

Dr. Thompson brings a wealth of relevant experience to The Radio Academy, having been a director and founding member of the UK's only legal black-owned radio station, Choice FM, now Capital Extra following its sale to Global Radio in 2004.

Formerly music editor for the UK's first black monthly glossy magazine, Root, she also wrote for Music Week, in addition to working at record labels Warner Brothers and CBS. She is currently managing director of marketing and PR company, ASAP Communications, president of the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners and a board member at Punch Records.

John Dash

John is Deputy Chair of Radio Academy. He’s had forty years at the sharp end of radio as Producer, Presenter, Sports Editor and Programme Director.

He’s worked across the UK and Ireland including Red Dragon Radio, Piccadilly Radio, Galaxy 101, Wave 105, Radio Clyde and as Local Radio Group Programme Director for UTV Radio (now Wireless Group)

He formed John Dash Media in 2014 and has since advised clients including BBC Wales, Media Sound Holdings and Forces Radio BFBS. He’s a passionate Welshman - is there any other kind - and a Trustee of the International Children’s Charity, Radio Lollipop.

Dennie Morris

With over 15 years's experience in commercial radio, Dennie Morris is an authority in creating speech radio at the highest level. He is currently Managing Editor of talkRADIO and as part of the senior programming team at Wireless Group, he contributes to the development of the Wireless Group business.

Never afraid of pushing the boundaries and trying something new, Dennie has many production credits to his name, including: FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil & South Africa and a radio ‘first’ transforming capsules of the London Eye into fully functioning radio studios and broadcasting LIVE shows from several capsules simultaneously.

Stephanie Hirst

After a hugely successful career of over 20 years as a broadcaster, Stephanie took a break for personal reasons in 2014 and in October of that year, revealed that she is Transgender. Stephanie has returned to radio, she hosts a "Vinyl Revival" show every Saturday night on BBC Manchester and now Weekday Mornings on BBC Radio Leeds.

Stephanie is proactively involved in the promotion of LGBT rights hosting Q&As and spends a large portion of her time giving inspirational talks about her fascinating & honest journey in the world of broadcasting & gender.

Stephanie was awarded an honorary doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for her contribution to public life, is a Fellow of the Radio Academy, and nominated at the 2017 British LGBT Awards.



Steve Taylor

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Aradhna Tayal

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Camilla Byk

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Jonathan Arendt

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Steve Taylor

Steve is Creative Commercial Director of Bauer Medi's radio division. He works with a commercial team of over 300 people, generating ideas and inspiring clients to use radio.

Steve is involved in sharing creative concepts across Bauer stations in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden

and has consulted for radio stations in Thailand, Ireland, India, Germany and South Africa - as well as setting up the National S&P department for the Australian Radio Network whilst travelling in 1998! His work has been recognised in the wider media industry too, with awards from Promax, Media Week Awards, Campaign Awards and the Institute of Sales Promotion Awards.

Aradhna Tayal

Having read Engineering and completed a Masters degree at Cambridge University, Aradhna joined the BBC in 2004 as a radio engineer, looking after the studios and production areas for the BBC’s national radio networks. Aradhna is passionate about the need for collaboration between production and technology to drive ambitious visions, and is an active champion of diversity.

Aradhna is one of the producers of Radio TechCon, the U.K's engineering and technology conference for the radio and audio industry. In particular, Aradhna is interested in helping arts and media organisations to build more robust business strategies around embracing new technology and digital innovation, and advocating creativity and resilience through working with people with more diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

Camilla Byk

Camilla Byk is the co-founder of Podium.me a podcast and documentary platform for the voices of the under 25s. She speaks at schools and universities and leads a UK team of young journalists and audio producers.

Before this she worked in TV in the education sector, making programmes about Europe for young people, citizenship and training films about the law. She also had a short stint as a Rome tour guide. Her best loved possessions are her bike and campervan, and she is happiest reading a book, sketching, or chatting to strangers on the tube.

Jonathan Arendt

Jonathan is CEO of Jazz FM and a director of connected research company, AudienceNet.

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.



Matt Payton

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Sam Bailey

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Jonty Usborne

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Tunde Ogungbesan

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Matt Payton

Matt is Director of External Affairs at Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio. In this role he oversees policy, strategy and public affairs, providing a collective voice on issues that affect commercial radio stations and the way they operate. This involves working closely with government officials, politicians, policy makers and regulators

to secure the best possible operating environment. He is Vice President of the Association of European Radio and a board member of the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP).

Previously Matt worked for several membership organisations and trade bodies, as well as in government and parliament.

Sam Bailey

Sam is Commissioning Editor for Radio 1's TV channel in BBC iPlayer, and recently led the station's 50th birthday project Radio 1 Vintage.

His background is in integrating digital content with radio output,

something he started as a teenager, when he ran his school radio station while studying for an A Level in Computing. Sam's worked with the Radio Academy for a number of years long before he was a Trustee, he ran the Academy's first website, and launched the webcasting of the Radio Awards. He lives in East London with his wife, cat and campervan.

Jonty Usborne

Jonty first got involved with student radio at the University of Bath where he managed the local station, URB. After becoming move involved with the wider student radio community, he was elected director and Chair of the Student Radio Association for several years before joining the BBC as a technologist.

Currently, Jonty works in technological innovation at BBC News, focusing on making radio and audio more accessible in an increasingly digital landscape. Jonty is particularly passionate about fostering young talent within the sector, and maintaining strong links between editorial and engineering disciplines across the industry.

Tunde Ogungbesan

Tunde joined the BBC in June 2015 as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion. He leads on the delivery of BBC's diversity and inclusion strategy, focusing on representing and reflecting the UK on and off screen,

and building an inclusive culture that drives engagement across the organisation and its content. Tunde spent 15 years at Shell in a variety of finance and HR positions, and led the delivery of the Shell D&I strategy globally.



Ahmed Hussain

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Ahmed Hussain

Ahmed is currently the Head of Prison Radio at HMPPS. Having worked at the BBC with Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network for a number of years.

Ahmed is also a 30 under 30 alumni. Having immersed himself in the world of radio since the age 14 learning the ropes at a local community station, Ahmed has since setup numerous community projects to help those with a keen interest in radio, music and media into the industry.

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