Over three decades I've done it all from presenting the show to running the company and loved every minute of it. I launched, managed, presented, owned or led some of the best-known radio brands in the UK with success coming from hard work, passion for the medium and a strong vision for the future.
My secret was to hire people smarter than me, point them in the right direction and watch them thrive. We enjoyed challenging the status quo so trust was vital, taking risks without fear of failure. It was this spirit that drove us forward and allowed us to enjoy the success we achieved. As my closest friend would say: Winning is addictive!
If we did one thing particularly well, it was that we never forgot the magic of radio mostly happens between the songs. Music has an important part to play of course, increasingly so these days, but this is a medium that comes alive when graced with gifted communicators and engaging personalities. You have to seek out those who can make a difference.
As you might expect, it's been a roller-coaster journey, and luckily I've managed to write it all down in a book that highlights the people, places, stunts, deals, and disasters that made it a story worth telling. All proceeds go to charity, including our own Radio Academy. Click the link above.
I work with a range of clients who want to find a way to win in a competitive market. While no one has the monopoly on being right, the experience of having 'been there and done that' helps to avoid costly errors and give you an edge. I'd be happy to chat about any ideas you may have so feel free to get in touch. In the meantime, have a look around the site, read a few blogs, catch up on my other interests or browse my career to date. Enjoy!
FIVE major industry awards including Outstanding Achievement
Former Government Advisor on Media
Advisor to BBC Radio
Investor in a number of UK digital start up companies
Advisor to Tynwald, IOM Government
Author of Four Myers Reports into Digital Media and BBC Services
CEO Guardian Media Group Plc (Radio)
CEO, Border Radio Holdings
Director: Royal Television Society NE
Chairman: ZONA Rear View Camera for Bikers
Director: Entrepreneurs Forum
Director: Business Investment Group (BiG)
Advisor: Global Radio and Audio Brands
Visiting Professor: University of Sunderland and University of Cumbria
Former Chair: Sony Radio Awards / Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards / UK Radio Academy
Presenter on BBC Radio Cumbria, Red Rose, Radio Tees, CFM, Century Radio, Real Radio, Rock Radio, Smooth Radio and many more.
Presenter, Border Television, Tyne Tees Television.
Programme Director and Breakfast presenter at Red Rose Radio. Managing Director launching CFM Radio in 1993.
CEO of Border Radio Holdings launching or managing Century Radio NE, Century NW, Century 106, Sun FM.
CEO of GMG Radio (PLC) launching, winning or buying Jazz FM, Real Radio Wales, Real Radio Yorkshire, Real Radio Scotland (was Scot FM), Smooth Radio, NW, Smooth Radio London and a number of digital services.
CEO of Radio Investments Ltd that owned and managed over 28 local radio stations across the UK
Recognised by Radio Centre as one of '40' who influenced commercial radio since inception.
The author of Myers Reports for UK Government, BBC National Radio, BBC Local Radio, Commercial Radio, IOM Tynwald.