Speakers

Our speakers are what makes Radio TechCon tick. Find out all about them, here.


The Radio TechCon 2019 speakers are a talented bunch, with experience ranging from academic research to project planning, studio design and sound engineering expertise.

You can find out all out them on this page.

If you want to know what they are talking about, check out our Sessions page, too.

Sideways view of Radio TechCon stage and audience

Credit: Vincen Lo

David LloydDavid Lloyd – Radio TechCon Host

Former commercial radio executive turned radio consultant, historian and broadcaster, David has been in radio forty years, running stations of all formats from Galaxy to Century, LBC to Virgin. He’s also the author of How to Make Great RadioRadio Moments and Radio Secrets.


Leslie Gaston-BirdLeslie Gaston-Bird (AMPS, M.P.S.E.) – Governor-at-Large, Audio Engineering Society / Tutor, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Leslie Gaston-Bird has over 30 years of experience as an audio engineer and is author of Women in Audio. She has taught at the University of Colorado Denver as a professor, and is now a freelance sound editor and re-recording mixer. She worked in public radio for 12 years as a Broadcast/Recording technician at National Public Radio and Audio Systems Manager at Colorado Public Radio, overseeing a statewide network of news and classical music programming. She currently freelances and her company is Mix Messiah Productions.

Andrew Bonney – Senior R&D Engineer, BBC R&D

Adam Bowie – Business Development Manager, BBC World Service

Sandy ClaesDr. Sandy Claes – Lead User Researcher, VRT

Sandy Claes currently leads the user research team of the innovation department of the Flemish public broadcaster VRT. Here, they set up prototypes to make future technologies more tangible for radio, television and digital producers. Sandy has a background in audio-visual (2005) arts and obtained a PhD in engineering science at KU Leuven (2017).

Luke Eldridge – Project Manager, BBC

Bruno Fazenda – Director of Postgraduate Research, Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford

Dr. Marcos Felipe Simón Gálvez – Co-Founder and CTO, AudioScenic

Stephanie HirstStephanie Hirst – Presenter

With over 14 awards and 11 years hosting Capital FM’s breakfast show, Stephanie is one of the UK’s biggest radio stars. In 2014 she took a break from broadcasting but was eventually lured back after 18 months to the BBC where she hosts a ‘Vinyl Revival’ show every Saturday night on BBC Manchester, as well as presenting ‘The Stephane Hirst Show’ weekday mornings on BBC Radio Leeds. 

Expanding into TV, she has presented for ITV’s Lorraine, BBC Breakfast, BBC Inside Out, and written for The Guardian & The Independent.

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 interviewing some of the world’s biggest stars.

Dr. Lawrie Hallett – Director, Future Digital Norfolk

Quentin Howard

E J James – Director, EJHR Consulting

Bekki LeaverBekki Leaver – Design Researcher, BBC

Bekki has spent the past decade working on websites and interfaces across a broad range of industries, from chainsaws to government systems, and the past year focussing on radio production tools and tech. She’s particularly interested in cognitive load in audio production, which she’ll be delving into for her Master’s thesis in 2020.

Simon Mason – Arqiva

Paul MorganPaul Morgan – Head of Technology, BBC Radio

Paul Morgan has been working at the BBC in the fields of engineering, technology, sound and vision for 30 years. He started out in 1989 as a Broadcast Engineer, working as part of the team that keeps the BBC’s nine national radio stations on the air and also spent some time as a sound engineer for BBC World Service.

He soon progressed into leadership roles and has been instrumental in major implementations of digital technology and new working practices across the corporation in Radio, Television, News and Online.

Paul is now back working in the medium he loves the most as Head of Technology for BBC Radio where he is responsible for the technical innovation and continuous improvement that helps keeps the BBC at the top of its game as one of the most creative and trusted media organisations in the world.

Andrew Murphy – BBC

Robin PembrookeRobin Pembrooke, Director, Content Production Systems, BBC

Robin leads the teams that design and build the systems that the BBC uses to make its content across Radio, TV and Online. He joined the BBC in 2013 and led the product and technology teams for BBC News as it expanded the World Service operations into over 40 languages. Prior to the BBC he ran the digital operations of ITV and Global Radio.

Nick Prater – Wireless Group

Dino Sofos – Editor, Brexitcast – BBC News

Chris Thame – Wireless Group

 


Production Team

 

Ann CharlesAnn Charles – Radio Production & Technology Consultant – Ann Charles Media / Director, TBC Media Ltd.

Ann is a radio producer-turned broadcast engineer who specialises in all things studios and workflow. Equally happy making programmes as running broadcast infrastructure projects, her career so far has included 12 years at the BBC, teaching journalism in New Zealand and training broadcast engineers and producers in South Sudan. She also travels the world as the workflow consultant for Broadcast Bionics. After several years as a volunteer, she formed TBC Media Ltd. with two friends to take over the running of Radio TechCon in 2016. Outside of work, Ann can be found fitting parents with baby slings, drinking gin, and eating chocolate (not necessarily all at once.)

 

Aradhna TayalAradhna Tayal – Project Manager, Producer and Consultant – Clockhouse Media / Director, TBC Media Ltd.

Aradhna runs Clockhouse Media working across broadcasting, media, film and events. She formerly worked at the BBC for 12 years, which she joined as a radio engineer, looking after the studios and production areas for the BBC’s national radio networks. Aradhna subsequently trained engineers and technical staff on new studios, systems and workflows in the purpose built broadcasting centres at Media City UK, Salford and New Broadcasting House, London. She led a number of large-scale projects, including the launch of national television channels for the BBC’s coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and led the technology strategy for BBC Archives, managing their project portfolio. Aradhna now works with a number of clients on projects including broadcast project management, digital and diversity engagement strategy and media event production.

 

A big thank you to the wonderful Radio TechCon session producers, volunteers and organising committee:

Phil Bignell / Adam Bowie / Rupert Brun / Andy Buckingham / Jordan Chambers / Tony Churnside / Stephen Clarke / Richard Courtice / Ulrich du Bosque / Caroline Evans / Mark Farrington / Lisa Haack / Pete Helmore / David James / Martin James / Richard Johnston / Jamie Laundon / James Martin /  Simon Price / Alec Thomas /  Simon Tuff /Alex Turpin / Dave Walters

Find out more about Radio TechCon 2019’s Sessions.