Ian Walker

Ian is responsible for programming consultancy, business development and project work including management training and talent management. Ian's international radio experience encompasses Senior Management positions in both Australia, Austria the UK and Ireland. Ian was senior programmer with UTV plc and successfully launched Dublin's Q102 in March 2004. During his tenure as PD he generated an 85% increase in audience and doubling of market share in less than two years.

Ian is currently General Manager and was launch Programme Director of the FIRST ever JACKfm station outside of North America, looking after 106 JACKfm in Oxford. In JACK fm’s debut Rajar, 106 JACKfm became instant market leader with men 15-54! JACKfm Oxford is currently the most nominated and awarded local radio station in the UK for the past 3 consecutive years and in July 2011 was awarded Arqiva UK Radio Station of the Year. PRO is considered within the UK radio industry as a key innovator within the digital space, recently winning an accolade for best use of social media by a business throughout Oxfordshire. 13% of all PRO’s revenues in 2011 came from transactional business through online with this expected to increase to 20% within the next 12 months. In 2011 PRO launched the “Digital Dividend” revenue programme, which saw this sales led initiative become the best attended business event in Oxford in over 60 years, resulting in 111 new business leads, focusing on the new media and digital space. Ian was also appointed the youngest ever General Manager in Sydney radio at the age of 29 and was also significantly involved as a programming guest lecturer at AFTRS (radio course) in Sydney. Ian's European experience includes Area Programme Controller for the Chiltern Cluster - then part of GWR plc. Ian also was Programme Director for GWR international based in Vienna between 1999 and 2003.

Ian has also acted as the international consultant for Utah based Children’s Miracle Network, working across Ireland, the UK and Australia.

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Donnach O'Driscoll

Donnach leads investment and development consultancy ARI Consultancy Ltd. He developed the consultancy’s name and reputation since incorporation to its current highly regarded position throughout Europe and Asia.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Robinson

Adrian is a Chartered Accountant who had 15 years' experience in KPMG, the pre-eminent firm of global business advisors. As a partner specialising in the Communications and Entertainment sectors, Adrian had a close association with KPMG Ireland's media and entertainment clients which include Today FM, 98FM - Dublin and Atlantic 252. 


 

Anthony Timson

Anthony has a broad knowledge of wireless communications protocols and networking architecture and has implemented systems for communications in difficult environments including scenarios of complete mobile network failure (such as caused by hurricanes, earthquakes and the like). He co-founded a privately owned telecoms infrastructure company in 2004 as the senior systems designer, and grew it into a multi million pound entity which is now the subject of an acquisition offer. Prior to this, Anthony created embedded GPS devices for asset tracking as well as smart tagging devices using technology which in today’s term was analogous to active RFID. Anthony holds a number of patents and he and his team continue to innovate in mobile communications and broadcast techniques using proprietary cutting edge technology.

Key competencies

  • 20 Years programming experience
  • 15 Years communications protocol experience (broadcast FM/DAB, cellular 2G/3G/4G, Wi-Fi, RFID, TCP/IP)
  • 15 Years experience designing, developing and delivering end user software applications and hardware based systems
  • Electronics hardware design experience
  • Highly innovative knowledge base
  • Systems Architect
  • Competent in multiple software languages and architectures
  • Development skills for Android, BlackBerry and Apple platforms

 

Phil Dowse

Phil Dowse partners with international radio groups across the UK, Europe, The USA, South Africa and Australia…..120 stations in 22 countries, steering them to their highest levels of success. 
 
Phil specializes in creating and educating winning breakfast shows and developing promotions that impact positively on ratings and revenue. With one-of-a-kind tactics that don’t fit inside the square, PDM generates street talk that converts to recall and 
actual listening. 

 

 

 

Elliot Stechman

Elliot Stechman is a radio broadcasting specialist with over 20 years’ experience.

For the past 11 years Elliot, has been based in India working with various companies, setting up and assisting in running radio stations.

In the 11 years Elliot has been the driving force behind a lot of the technology that is now deployed at radio stations across India. In his initial stint at RCS as the India & Middle East General Manager for 5 years, he was hands on in training and teaching the first generation of commercial radio announcers and music programmers on how to use the RCS solutions. Elliot was able to bring real life western radio examples and mould them to the way the Indian public would enjoy the new commercial medium.

While spearheading RCS, Elliot was also the brains behind the very successful monitoring product called Media Monitors. With Elliot’s vision and technological expertise, Elliot designed and opened the first off shore processing centre in Mumbai for RCS, where today they have over 250 staff working 24/7 monitoring radio stations from around the world including the UK. Elliot also launched the Media Monitors product in India and Australia as well (known locally as AirCheck) where it now monitors 80% of the commercial radio stations across both countries in real time. Thanks to the firm foundation of technology and a very effective business model created by Elliot, Media Monitors is today the most profitable business for RCS outside their USA operations.

From RCS, Elliot moved to Reliance Capital where he was employed as an advisor to the Chairman. Elliot’s role roll was to make sure that the radio group delivered the state of the art radio facilities using the most up to date technology available for the broadcast sector. With the technology Elliot had suggested and planned, the radio group was able to build and launch 40 brand new radio stations in under 18 months.

Elliot’s core skills are in Technology for Broadcast. Elliot is very well versed in the latest technologies for the broadcast area including the new digital standards that are being rolled out around the world. He also has a very comprehensive understanding on how the consumer consumes the various media products available today in India.  

 

Paul Easton

Paul Easton is a radio programming consultant who has been working in the industry since 1974.
His background includes a number of senior/management positions with several leading radio stations, including London's Capital Radio and LBC, as well as BRMB (Birmingham) and Music Choice Europe.
Paul has also provided specialist station monitoring and programming analysis for several successful radio licence applications, and offers other specialist services such as Rajar analysis and Selector training and database troubleshooting.
Paul specialises in Radio programming consultancy, Rajar analysis, Short-term Projects, Ofcom Format Change Requests, Station monitoring/content analysis and Interim management.
 
 
 

 

James Cridland

James is a radio futurologist, and is Managing Director of Media UK, the UK's free media resource.
 
James has worked in radio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, presenter, and internet advisor. In 2001 he joined the original Virgin Radio in London, where he was Digital Media Director. In 2007 he joined the BBC to work on the BBC iPlayer for radio, achieving a dramatic increase in the service's audio quality. Since leaving the BBC in 2009, he has worked for a variety of businesses, including the receiver manufacturer PURE, audio blogging platform Audioboo, UK Radioplayer and a variety of European media companies, helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business.
 
He is one of the organisers of nextrad.io, the radio conference for 'people that do' in September.
 
He is Trustee of the pan-industry body The Radio Academy. He is Secretary-Elect of the hybrid radio RadioDNS project, and has served as a judge for a number of industry awards including the Sony Radio Academy Awards, where he has also served on the committee.
 
Under James's direction, the Virgin Radio website scooped both judged and people's choice awards in the 2005 Webby Awards radio category. In September 2006, under James's direction the station redesigned its website to boast an innovative music-based social-networking system, which delivered record traffic levels and improved audience retention.
 
James lives in North London, and likes beer. He blogs about the future of radio on his own website at james.cridland.net.
 

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews has been a radio programmer for over 20 years.

For the last five years he has been Real Radio’s Brand Programme Director, supervising the output of the five regional Real stations and two local classic rock Real XS stations.  Mark devised the Feel-Good music policy across the Real network, created show-stopping promotions such as ‘Two Rings Say I Do’ and ‘Put a Real Smile on Your Face’ and supervised the Smooth Radio Documentaries project.

Whilst at Real Radio Mark’s skills as a talent coach helped three of the breakfast teams to Sony Gold and Arqiva Award success in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to GMG, Mark was Regional Programme Director and Managing Director for TLRC’s North West and Scottish stations and worked for EMAP Radio for a decade at Rock FM, Viking FM and Kiss 100 (where he again led the breakfast team to Sony Gold success).  He has also seen the whole thing from the other side of the mic as a presenter and breakfast host.

 

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