About AudioUK

AudioUK is the trade association for professional audio production companies, creative businesses around the UK making high-quality content for radio, podcasting, and audiobooks, as well as much more.

Our main aim is to help our member companies, and by extension the UK audio production industry as a whole, to operate successfully and to grow their businesses. To do this we operate according to the four main pillars of activity listed below.

Join us

You can find out more about the benefits of joining us here. Or email: admin@audiouk.org.uk

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

EDI is central to the work of AudioUK. You can find resources and more here.

Business

Connecting suppliers to the marketplace; seeking new opportunities, including at an international level; providing business and legal affairs support

Representation

Ensuring the sector continues to be recognised and listened to by Government, Parliament, regulators, journalists and industry

Community

Growing membership; giving audio producers a feeling of belonging to a growing and successful industry; sharing information and best practice; encouraging diversity in all its forms

Excellence

Providing ongoing specialised training through the Audiotrain programme; celebrating the sector’s achievements, through events including the Audio Production Awards

Companies around the UK

AudioUK’s members are spread across the UK as shown in the map below. These companies are in a position to work in their local communities to help project the different stories, perspective, lifestyles and histories of people all round the UK to the rest of the country, as well as working on UK-wide and international subject matter.

The future of every creative industry relies on a skilled professional workforce, with a new generation ready to enter the sector to grow and become audio professionals through training, membership and mixing with their peers.

In 2015 AudioUK (then RIG) decided to set up a training and mentoring scheme. RIGtrain (now Audiotrain) was set up with funding from the Department of Business and Skills’ EOP Scheme via Creative Skillset, and the original scheme ran from 2015-2016. 

With Creative Skillset subsequently repurposing to Screenskills, we have continued to run Audiotrain as a standalone not-for-profit training programme, providing a series of courses on everything from ‘How to use a microphone’ to ‘The Business of Podcasting’.

These courses are lively, informative and make use of the views and experience of genuine experts in their field. 

Audiotrain has so far provided over 2500 learner days, with the attendees being around 60% women, 15% BAME, and 5% with a disability.

A list of current courses can be found on the Audiotrain page here.

In 2010 we decided to set up an awards ceremony to celebrate the craft skills involved in all aspects of radio and audio production.

Originally titled the Radio Production Awards, they were rebranded in 2016 to the Audio Production Awards (APAs) reflect the widening areas of activity of our members.

The APAs has now become a regular fixture in the industry calendar with a high-profile ceremony at a major London venue.

You can find out more about the APAs here.

Our Board

AudioUK’s members are spread across the UK as shown in the map below. These companies are in a position to work in their local communities to help project the different stories, perspective, lifestyles and histories of people all round the UK to the rest of the country, as well as working on UK-wide and international subject matter.

Chair:

Kellie While

[7digitalcreative]

Vice-chair:
Bernard Achampong

[Unedited]

Treasurer:

Kerry Luter

[Storyglass]

Secretary:

Leona Fensome

[Inkslingers Media]

Peter Curran

Viv Parry

[Reduced Listening]

Hannah Brankin

[Rusty Quill]

Jon Holmes

[Unusual Productions]

Steve Austins  / Marina Lois

[Bengo Media]

Stuart Morgan

[Audio Always]

Peter Curran

[Foghorn]

David Prest

[Whistledown]

Nina Robinson

Nina Robinson 

[Soundtruism]

Chris Skinner

[Somethin’ Else]

Grace Hopper

[TBI Media]

Our Team

Our highly experienced executive support team is employed on a part-time basis and includes:

Chloe Straw

Managing Director

Email: chloe.straw@audiouk.org.uk

Chloe was previously Head of Content and Production at award winning production company We Are Grape, where she has been for the last four years, in addition to working as a social media strategist. Her prior involvement with AudioUK includes being a Board member for two years from 2017, in addition to which she was the Head of Digital for its training arm Audiotrain. Her career has included working with the BBC, as well as leading production company Somethin’ Else.

Tim Wilson

Policy, Regulation and Communications

Email: tim.wilson@audiouk.org.uk

Tim leads on AudioUK’s regulatory, policy & communications and is its designated Director of the Audio Content Fund and the Educational Recording Agency. Until March 2005 he was Director of Policy at TV and film trade association Pact. Prior to this he was a senior consultant at several leading agencies. Tim works on a consultancy basis and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Tim’s media industry clients have included Channel 4 (including its 4Radio project), DirectorsUK, PhonepayPlus, CoBA and he currently also works with Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC). State-school educated, he has a BA (hons) in Social Science and an MSc in Corporate Communications.

Kim Mason

Administration and Finance

Email: admin@audiouk.org.uk

Kim looks after membership, finance and all aspects of administration. She has worked as a book keeper and administrator for over 10 years, managing the finances for a number of independent small businesses. Kim combines this with working part time supporting young people with additional needs. She has a long background in business having jointly run and managed the finances for a successful retail business for over 20 years. 

Matt Murphy

Audiotrain

Email: manager@audiotrain.co.uk

Matt runs AudioUK’s training programme Audiotrain, which helps to teach new skills and bring the audio community closer together. He is a freelance journalist and producer who has worked making radio and podcasts for various organisations in the industry including the BBC, The Guardian and TBI Media.