I’m an award-winning Radio Producer with over 30 years of production experience making programmes for BBC radio including Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra and Radio 5 Live. My programmes range from DJ shows to quizzes, from live concerts to radio dramas, from documentary series to experimental features. I have worked as a sound recordist and mixer in TV and radio, a reporter, producer and executive producer for BBC local and network radio and was an instructor in the BBC’s former Radio Training Unit.
After leaving the BBC, I founded my own independent radio production company Soundscape Productions which is now 21 years old and has made over a hundred programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters. We are continually being commissioned to produce programmes and I have also pitched student’s ideas which have resulted in them being commissioned to make their documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
I joined the University as a part-time member of staff in 2002 so I could continue to produce radio programmes alongside my teaching. For the past 8 years, I have been Programme Leader on the MA Radio degree which is firmly embedded in professional practice through Spark and our links with broadcasters.
I am a board member of RIG (Radio Independents Group) the trade body that looks after the interests of independent producers and a Trustee of the Charles Parker Archive Trust. For the past eight years, I have organised the annual celebration of the radio feature – past, present and future, The Charles Parker Day, and co ordinated the annual Charles Parker Prize for the Best Student Radio Feature which is presented at the conference.
I am Programme Leader for MA Radio and teach documentary, feature and radio drama production at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I am Module Leader for:
MAC358 Radio Drama
MAC359 Radio Documentary and Feature Production
RADM02 Radio Programme Making
RADM04 Advanced Radio and Audio Production
As Executive Producer:
Conference and workshops:
Rediscovering the Imagination: A Practical Exploration into Teaching Audio Drama. (2014) Audio Drama Seminar - Histories, Aesthetics, Practices, University of Copenhagen, 19-20 August 2014.
Radio is Dead: Long Live Radio (2013) Radio – The Resilient Medium Conference, University of Sunderland, London, September 11-13.
The Fight Game: the Radio Ballad fights back. (2013) Charles Parker Day, University of Salford, 22 March 2013.
Editing the Radio Ballads. (2008) Charles Parker Day, Bournemouth University, 4 April 2008.
Then-Now: turning a single minute into half an hour! (2007) Charles Parker Day, Bournemouth University, 7 April 2006.
Last updated 08 April 2019