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 four main pillars of activity: 

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:

Caroline Raphael

[Dora Productions]

Secretary:

Trevor Dann

[Trevor Dann’s Company]

Treasurer:

Gregory Watson

[Folder Media]

Ashley Byrne

[Made in Manchester]

Andy Cartwright

[Soundscape]

Peter Curran 

[The Foghorn Company]

Simon Crosse

 [Shooting Shark

Melanie Harris

[Sparklab]

Sue Nelson

[Boffin Media]

Karen Pearson

[Folded Wing]

David Prest

[Whistledown]

Chris Skinner

[Somethin’ Else]

Adam Uytman

[Listen]

Stuart Morgan (Co-opted)

[Audio Always]

Phil Critchlow (Co-opted)

[TBI Media]

Our Secretariat

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

Will Jackson

Managing Director
Email: will.jackson@audiouk.org.uk

Will has worked in radio for over 20 years, including production for BBC and commercial radio. He’s previously worked on radio licensing and policy for the industry regulator Ofcom, and managed the Highways Agency’s digital radio travel news service. Will regularly writes on radio/audio issues, and judges a range of industry awards.

Tim Wilson

Policy & Communications Adviser
Email: tim.wilson@audiouk.org.uk

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. As an independent consultant Tim’s media industry clients have included Channel 4 (including its 4Radio project), DirectorsUK, PhonepayPlus, the Commercial Broadcasters Association (CoBA), and Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC). Tim also runs regular public affairs training sessions and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Paul March

is our Retained Counsel, through his company Marchy Management
Email: paul@marchym.co.uk

Paul read law at Leeds University and was involved in student radio and journalism. Following law school and a masters degree in law (intellectual property) at University College London, Paul joined Clintons law firm, where for sixteen years he was a key member of the practice advising celebrities, musicians, writers, broadcasters, DJs, format creators, radio and television executives and independent productions companies. He writes on media, legal and related matters for a variety of publications  

Kim Mason

Administrator
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.