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. 

Diversity 

AudioUK is also committed to encouraging diversity in all of its forms and this very much feeds into how we plan and execute our work. You can find out more about AudioUK and diversity 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:

Karen Pearson

[Folded Wing]

Secretary:

Trevor Dann

[Trevor Dann’s Company]

Treasurer:

Gregory Watson

[Folder Media]

Ashley Byrne

[Made in Manchester]

Phil Critchlow

[TBI Media]

Simon Crosse

 [Shooting Shark

Roger James Elsgood

[Art & Adventure]

Leona Fensome

[Inkslingers Media]

Jon Holmes

[Unusual Productions]

Sue Nelson

[Boffin Media]

David Prest

[Whistledown]

Chris Skinner

[Somethin’ Else]

Bernard Achampong

(Co-opted)

[Unedited]

Stuart Morgan

(Co-opted)

[Audio Always]

Our Secretariat

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 work. He is also AudioUK’s 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. As an independent consultant Tim’s media industry clients have included Channel 4 (including its 4Radio project), DirectorsUK, PhonepayPlus, CoBA and he currently also provides support to Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC). Tim works on a consultancy basis and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. 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. 

Caroline Elliot

Audiotrain

Email: caroline.elliot@me.com

Caroline runs the Audiotrain programme. Through her company Quattrain, Caroline uses her experience as a BBC senior leader to provide management and leadership development, facilitate events and train in media skills.