This page lists freelance producers, a reporter-producer, researchers, a reporter-researcher, a researcher-AP, studio managers/engineers, production assistants, and composers who have been recommended by AudioUK members or have approached us to offer their services to indies.
AudioUK does not take any responsibility for the quality of their work — that is for the contracting indie or other client to determine!
The UK Freelance Network is a separate listing of specialist radio freelance reporters, presenters, producers and studio managers, set up and coordinated by Mike Hally since the late 1990s.
See also our Executive Producers page
In addition, The following are individuals who have sent AudioUK their details and are actively interested in working with indies:
Dawn Ellis: 07734 528 651 or email: email@example.com
18 years in BBC Radio Entertainment/Comedy with 9 years as producer, 3 years as an executive producer and some months as acting head. Programmes include: Ed Reardon’s Week (2010 winner of Best Radio at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards); Safety Catch; Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop (Radio 2); Rigor Mortis; Absolute Power; A Certain Age; The Shuttleworths; The Rapid Eye Movement; The Lawrence Sweeney Mix; High Table Lower Orders; The Write Stuff; Brian Appleton’s History Of Rock & Roll; Full Circle; Tales From The Tower; I Think I’ve Got A Problem; All The Way From Memphis; A Whole ‘Nother Story; Time For Mrs Milliner; The Party Line; Missing Reel. As an executive producer Dawn complied much of the in-house output including the topicals. Also on AudioUK’s Exec Producers list.
Fiona McAlpine 07779 060 717 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona has produced and directed radio drama for the past fourteen years, with her own company, Allegra Productions, and previously with Pacificus Productions. She started directing afternoon plays in 2001 : Love and Friendship, A Quick Change, The Last Days of Gordon Springer, The Smallest Man in Christendom, A Warning to the Furious, Left at Marrakech, I Love Stephen Fry, Taken (as Exec. Producer), and last year, the Classic Serial A Larkin Double , Jill and A Girl in Winter. She has worked with top theatre and television actors including David Tenant and Stephen Fry. In addition to drama, she has also produced short stories for R4 Extra and audio tours at the British Museum. Recently she worked as Associate Producer for B7 Productions’ The Martian Chronicles (transmitted June 2014) and has just finished directing a Saturday drama, The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War to be broadcast this autumn on R4.
As a film producer, Fiona produced five short films for UK Film council’s digital short scheme in 2003. Billy’s Day Out and won best British Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2004 and has gone on to be one of the most shown short films in the short film circuit, another film, Other won best short film for the RIMA awards 2005.
Fiona’s speciality is casting and also working with children and young people. She has produced many musicals and plays with children in theatre productions, for the past twenty-five years. She is also on AudioUK’s Exec Producers list.
Gareth Evans 07749977072 or email email@example.com
Gareth has over 10 years experience gained in national radio broadcasting. As a senior producer at Absolute Radio he’s produced Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show, specialist shows, music specials and breakfast shows whilst managing big name music, comedy and A-list talent producing Sony/Aria award-winning radio content. Gareth is digitally and commercially-minded, having produced content across channels and understands how to balance editorial and branded content. Gareth has also produced radio programmes for BBC Radio Wales and more recently podcasts for brands and created digtal content for small businesses and start-ups. Having worked in live radio he’s at ease under pressure and excels when faced with tight deadlines. Email Gareth for his full CV or to work with him.
George McDonagh firstname.lastname@example.org
George McDonagh is a multi-award winning freelancer podcast producer with experience working for brands such as The Jockey Club, BBC Radio 1 and BT Sport. He currently makes audio projects for Pixiu and Editorial Intelligence He’s produced a documentary for BBC Radio 1, developed the idea for and launched a podcast for The Jockey Club and led Smoke Radio to winning Best Station in the country at the 2015 Student Radio Awards. He has also picked up an international radio drama award for a radio drama he directed, and records on location and edits for the Royal Horticulture Society’s Gardening Podcast.
Experienced with Zoom, Tascam, Marantz recording equipment, edits using Adobe Audition and Protools. Trained with playout systems P-Squared Myriad and Zetta. Available to work on a daily or ad hoc basis. Also available to work on programmes or podcasts.
Gus Beattie 07944 221130 email@example.com
Gus Beattie is a freelance radio comedy producer with 13 years experience and 14 award nominations to date. He worked for top Scottish independent production company The Comedy Unit for over a decade creating, writing and producing sitcoms and sketch shows for BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio Scotland as well as working across TV development and production. (The Comedy Unit is the 6th biggest supplier of comedy content in the UK.)
Radio 4 network comedy credits include the award winning ‘Fags, Mags & Bags’, ‘The Absolutely Radio Show’, and ‘Sketchorama’.
He has worked with a diverse range of comedy talent including Kayvan Novak, Greg Hemphill, Sanjeev Kohli, Morwenna Banks, Greg McHugh, Alistair McGowan, Gordon Kennedy, Donny Mcleary, Ford Kiernan, Karen Dunbar Susan Calman, Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, Gavin Mitchell, Jonathan Watson, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Miles Jupp, and AL Kennedy.
In 2014 he picked up a BBC Audio Drama Award for best live audience scripted comedy for his Radio 4 show ‘Sketchorama: Absolutely Special’. In 2011, 2013, 2014 & again in 2015 he was nominated in the Comedy Producer of the Year category at the Radio Academy Production Awards. Other awards include a Writers’ Guild Award in 2008 for ‘Fags, Mags & Bags’ for BBC Radio 4 (nominated 2011 & 2013) and a Sony nomination in ’08 for the same show. He is also on AudioUK’s Exec Producers list.
Hayley Redmond 01797-721114 / 07792 738349 firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 020 3718 2276
M: 07792 738349
Hayley Redmond is a freelance Radio Producer, interviewer, event host & writer. She has produced programmes for both BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2. These have included: Pete & Clive – the song writing partnership of Clive James & Pete Atkin, 2015 BBC R4; Much Ado About Comedy – presented by Matt Lucas, 2015 BBC R2; The Legendary Dame Angela Lansbury in conversation with Emma Thompson, 2016, BBC R2; and The Raw Pearl Bailey – presented by Morgan Freeman, 2018, BBC R2. More recently she helped to produce the 2020 Audible Podcast ‘A Carnivore’s Crisis’ presented by chef Rachel Khoo.
She has worked for Sue Clark Productions, Somethin’ Else & Wise Buddah Productions, AudioUK (hosting Master classes), BBC Surrey & Sussex, Radio Solent & Jazz FM as well as writing and producing her own podcasts for London Jazz interviewing international Jazz Artists. She won the Gold Award for ‘Best Specialist Music Programme’ at the National HBA Awards 2013. The Raw Pearl Bailey was also nominated for The Prix Europa 2019 for Best Radio Music Documentary.
Previously Hayley acted as a Music Agent and PR under her own banner for six years and travelled with bands and solo performers to Jazz Festivals and private events Worldwide. She helped to launch the career of singer-songwriter Imelda May. Hayley graduated from University with a 2:1 degree in Theatre Arts and Performance. She has lived and worked in London for the past twenty five years, is originally from Somerset, and loves to travel. She currently has four programmes commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and 4, now in development and due for broadcast in 2021.
Rachel Hopkin, (+1) 270 991 5340, email@example.com – USA-based
First as a staff producer at the BBC, then as a freelancer, Rachel Hopkin has made radio for broadcasters around the world, including the BBC, the USA’s National Public Radio (NPR), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Netherlands, and Ireland’s Newstalk network. She specialises in productions about music, the arts, and traditional culture, but has also reported on issues pertaining to economics, human rights, women’s issues, and freedom of the press.
Her recent productions include Country Down Under (about Australian Aboriginal musicians who play country music), and Musical Migrants (portraits of people who – because of their love for a particular kind of music – relocated to new lands), Top of Form Bottom of Form both of which were Falling Tree productions for the BBC; Banjo Pickin’ Girls and Fiddlin’ Women (a feature about influential early female country musicians from Kentucky for ABC’s Radio National), and a 12 part series about the local traditional culture for the NPR affiliate and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology of Western Kentucky University.
Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in music, a Masters in Folk Studies, and is currently a PhD candidate in folklore at the Ohio State University. She trained as a radio producer at the BBC where she worked for six years. In 2013, she was awarded a rare “National Interest Waiver” Green Card from US Citizenship and Immigration on the basis of her body of work as a radio producer and folklorist. For more information, please visit www.rachelhopkin.com.
Ronnie Jones – mob: 0798 997 4603. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @bongoron
A former BBC network radio news reporter/producer and senior producer at LBC, Ronnie is a BJTC qualified broadcast journalist (with a PGDip from Cardiff University). He has almost 20 years’ experience in the media industry, both in radio and TV (ITN, Cactus TV). Now a freelance audio producer, Ronnie specialises in the craft of producing engaging audio content, from news and current affairs to podcasts.
Ronnie’s most recent project was editing a seven part podcast series for Business of Fashion, in collaboration with Rethink Audio.
Ronnie specialises in remotely editing, mixing and producing audio for clients using Adobe Audition, but also has extensive experience of on-location live broadcast production (using BGAN) and content gathering, as well as working in austere conditions, such as warships and during multinational military exercises.
Ronnie also has extensive experience in PR/strategic communications and is an advocate for the strategic use of audio in multi-channel digital communications strategies. He has been a media advisor to senior leaders at the National Trust and MoD, where he also provided broadcast interview training to Commanders of military units deploying to Afghanistan and other military missions and their NATO counterparts.
Ronnie also has a background in training journalists in the UK and Europe. He is a visiting lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University, where he provides practical training to journalism undergraduates in news values, writing for radio, creative production and audio storytelling.
He has also led practical broadcast journalism workshops in Prague and Brussels during ERASMUS exchange programmes.
Ronnie has also trained local journalists in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Roger Stamp 07703 218893 email@example.com Twitter: @rovingrog
30 years in radio broadcasting; BBC Network and BBC Local radio. Listeners say I have “a lovely voice”; just right for radio. Sony award for live reporting. Now with BBC Sussex & Surrey. Available for recorded and live reporting with my own equipment; LuciLive, Audacity. Specialising in Religion and Ethics but able to cover a wide range of topics. Southern England.
Eleanor Blaney firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Blaney is a freelance Broadcast Assistant who has worked for Fiction Factory Productions Ltd on a number of drama projects. Although in the role of drama Broadcast Assistant she continues to charge a daily fee, she is currently offering time to companies on an expenses-only basis in exchange for the opportunity to extend her experience into other areas of production. Ellie is extremely competent, an excellent organiser, communicates well, gets on with actors and crew and is creatively talented. She is trained and qualified in the new Proteus paperwork delivery system for indies. I would strongly recommend her both for paid freelance work as a Broadcast Assistant and for any unpaid production experience companies can offer. Ellie would adapt to pretty well any role and would be a valuable asset on any kind of production. Contact details: email@example.com 07530 318897
John Taylor – Creative Director: Fiction Factory
Studio Managers /Engineers / Sound designers
Andy Partington (Swift Professional Audio): firstname.lastname@example.org
Freelance Sound Engineer who has worked in Radio since 1989. After almost 25 years, I left the BBC in early 2013, having finished my career there as a Senior Audio Supervisor in Birmingham, and I’m now looking to offer my skills to a wider range of clients. I have considerable experience of most aspects of the Radio Sound Engineer (Studio Manager) job, including: Mixing complex live programmes, feature and documentary editing, location sound recording, Outside Broadcasts, music recording, and Radio Drama.
In the past few years, I have made a particular specialism of Radio Drama (recording and post-producing over 1200 episodes of the Asian Network’s award-winning daily soap “Silver Street” as well as many editions of The Archers and single plays for Radio 4, 4 Extra and Asian Network), but have continued to work across other programme genres as well including Factual Programming, Documentaries and Features, Specialist Music strands and Outside Broadcasts.
I am equipped with top quality location recording kit, and a fully capable SADiE 6 editing system (transportable if necessary) and other software. I would be delighted to hear from you if you think I may be able to offer you my services for any of your productions. To read more about my career, skills and experience, and for my contact details, please visit my website at www.swiftproaudio.co.uk
Denise Else: 07929 160622 email: Deniseelse@virginmedia.com
I am a fully BBC trained Sound Engineer who has worked in the BBC for 25 years. I left the BBC based in Media City UK in May 2013 to continue as a Freelance Sound Technician. I began as a Production Assistant/researcher and progressed to Studio Manager. I come from a world of quarter inch tape editing when destructive record was possible. I’ve experienced the gut wrenching fear of searching for a vital piece of tape dropped onto the floor and lived through a time when it wasn’t possible to drag lost audio from the Trash Can. To date I have worked extensively across all BBC Radio networks on a wide variety of live and pre-recorded productions. I have been responsible for mixing and editing complex programmes, location sound recording and Outside Broadcasts. Programmes include Woman’s Hour, You & Yours, the Sunday Programme, R3 Breakfast Show, File on 4; Any Questions, Radio 1 Big Sunday and Aldebergh Music Festival I specialize as a Radio Drama Foley Artist, providing on the spot Sound FX for live and pre-recorded Drama. I have worked extensively with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; responsible for rigging the stage for a full Orchestral Performance and complex stage moves during live and pre-recorded concerts. I have a wide knowledge of Microphone use and placement. I am also a fully BBC trained TV Sound Floor Assistant. Past TV shows including Mrs. Merton, A Question of Sport, The National Lottery and This is Your Life. I am currently continuing my work in that capacity on shows including the Jeremy Kyle Show and Countdown. Over the years I have contributed to many award winning programmes, the most recent being my recording of Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, originally broadcast on R4 and culminating in a theatre production at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. Full member of Institute of Professional Sound. Fully trained Protools/Dira Startrack editor. Set up from home. Available for digital editing. TV and Radio Sound Assistant. Studio & OB’s. Location Recording. Boom operator. School/University sound lectures.
Iain Betson: 07966 239391 / 07932 103380 / skype: Iain Betson / email: email@example.com / website: www.avresilience.co.uk
Television & radio studio installation and maintenance engineer. 12 years in BBC network and local radio & TV. Remaining time in commercial radio and TV and independent production. Consultancy work for Star Radio Group, India.
* Skilled in quarter inch tape machine maintenance (most Studer models). Studio & OB rigging and operational experience. BBC operational trainer. Studio support, project builds, OB planning for BBC Radio 1 to 5L. Proms rigging, 9 Lessons & Carols, Election Counts, The Bottom Line (radio version), Football commentary for 5L. Training instructor for BBC NCA Journalist Training dept (now BBC College of Journalism).
* Designed & built many TV and radio stations/studios – notably Arsenal TV at the Emirates Stadium. Project Manager for studio systems integration company on the BBC NBH project. KISS 100 and Magic 105.5 London for Bauer Media. Installed both main audio routers for BBC World Service at Bush House. Support for: British Library Sound Archive (reproducer equipment – open reel, wire, cylinder players); the Royal College of Music studios. Built radio and TV stations in Norway, Spain & Lebanon.
Tim Garratt: 07866 127876 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I am a sound engineer, composer and sound designer in London currently looking to expand my client base. Have been working professionally in the city for 6 years and can offer spoken word recording and editing, music composition, bespoke sound design. Thorough knowledge of multiple DAWs including Pro Tools HD, Sadie 5, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition. Worked in various studios including Motivation Sound, The Audio Workshop, Wise Buddah and Heavy Entertainment. Production of literally hundreds of hours of audio content including audiobook recording and editing for publishers such as Penguin, BBC and Naxos; radio doc recording, editing and mixing for production houses such as Just Radio, Falling Tree and Above The Title; etc. Also written and produced 2 radio series for the BBC called “A Brief History of Infinity” (World Service) and “Ravi” (R2)”. And much more, so click here for full CV, or here for website
see also Adam McEvoy below
Ali Bent 07457 328882 or email: AlisonJayneBent@gmail.com
I specialise in providing a thorough research service for TV & Radio programme makers primarily requiring archive footage. Based mainly at home I have a cornucopia of Broadcast Industry knowledge spanning more than a quarter of a century and was part of the BBC Archives in-house team of researchers during that time amongst other roles in news and library sales. Key skills and experience include: extensive insider knowledge of the BBC archive and how to utilise and unlock its true potential to provide the best clips both audio and visual; knowledge of broadcast media formats (including transfers and archiving processes); clearances, rights and sequence licence agreement Knowledge; and Cataloguing/Archive logging skills. Also, I have in depth experience and knowledge of the BBC and its systems including the Radio Digital Archive, Digital Archive, Desktop Jukebox, Fabric, News Databases, Raven, and legacy BBC systems as well as other archive collections provided by Independent companies such as the BFI and Pathe. Although I have worked on programme content across all genres and been part of a couple of news and current affairs documentary strands as a film researcher, I particularly love “getting my teeth” into research for Radio documentaries including BBC World Service productions and many Independent Radio productions such as “The Reunion” by Whistedown. I’m now available for hire to work on a daily or ad hoc basis as a freelance archive researcher.
Kirsty McQuire- 077360 063969 – email@example.com
Kirsty is a tenacious researcher, a reliable, responsible assistant and aspiring producer, with experience in documentary and current affairs broadcasting. Most recently she worked as a researcher on Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’, having sounded out callers and sifted through social media for the ‘Any Answers?’ phone-in.
During her year at Wise Buddah, she produced the 60 minute ‘social action’ documentary ‘Let Me Into the Music’ for Radio 1 Stories and three episodes of ‘James Whale’s Manifesto,’ a current affairs debate podcast. Kirsty was also AP on a 5 Live OB on Christmas Day 2011, the Radio 1 doc ‘Making It On the Big Screen’ and a further four episodes of ‘James Whale’s Manifesto’. During her time at Buddah she also contributed to weekly development sessions and both wrote and edited numerous pitch documents.
As a researcher, Kirsty has fact-checked and guest-got for several Radio 4 documentaries, including: ‘Out of the Ordinary: Digital Legacy’ (BBC Bristol), ‘Tom Ravenscroft’s One Man Band’ (Sparklab), ‘Smiley’s People,’ (Wise Buddah) and ‘Paddling with Peter Duck,’ (Whistledown). She has also been dispatched to Chester, Whitehall and Wivenhoe for various recording and simul-rec duties.
Eva Krysiak: 07843260347 / 0207 794 0231, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young, creative and eager broadcast journalist. Enthusiastic about undertaking new and unfamiliar projects. Lots of varied experience including independent recording, editing, OB and research.
Network Radio experience: researcher for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Something Understood’ with Loftus Audio; Production secretary during Cambridge Folk Fesitval 2012 with Smooth Operations; Broadcast Assistant on the George Lamb Show for TalkSport; Junior Broadcast Assistant on the Judge Jules Show for BBC Radio 1; Production Assistant on International Radio 1: Warsaw, own commission; Internships at Somethin’ Else, Wise Buddah, UBC & Whistledown
Network TV experience:specialist researcher for social-anthropology documentary series for Channel 4 with Seneca Productions; Researcher for ITVs Mud Men; Researcher and Assistant for TV and Radio projects with historian Bettany Hughes
Other Media: researcher for feature-length film ‘We Are Many’ with Iranian filmmaker Amir Amirani; Researcher and translator for Ridley Scott’s feature film ‘Life In A Day’; Contributor to Vice Magazine
Rachel Shelley: 07973 175898, email: email@example.com
Highly motivated and tenacious freelance researcher / BA, based in central London with excellent writing credits (columnist and feature writer at DIVA, ELLE and The Guardian). Special interest and areas of expertise include drama, TV and film and LGBT issues. Experienced with Radio Indies, primarily Testbed Productions – see Nick Baker (NickBaker@testbed.co.uk) for references. Available at short notice, to work on a daily or ad hoc basis.
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m a soundtrack composer and producer who has previously created the original score to Sparklab Productions’ radio drama On the Edge for BBC Radio 4. My other works include feature documentaries, online content and short films. My scores have been heard on HBO, SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFTA Theatre, and many film festivals. Don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss the different options regarding your project’s soundtrack, whether you desire bespoke or licensed music.”
You will find examples of my work and compositions on my website: https://www.EmilieLF.com
Anthony May: 07867 895763 or email: email@example.com
“I am a bespoke music composer for professional media. I have composed music for a number of productions for BBC Radio 4 including all four of the ‘Inspector Steine’ series of comedies written by Lynne Truss, the Saturday afternoon play ‘Bora Bora’ starring Derek Jacobi and the Book of the Week ‘Ken Campbell: The Great Caper’. I have also written the music for a number of short independent films, library production companies and the stage play ‘Hell’s Bells’ for the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. I work closely with clients to create bespoke music that is individual, unique and tailored to suit the needs of their media production. Please visit my website to listen to my music showreel and read my full portfolio.” www.anthonymay.co.uk< (Recommended by Karen Rose of Sweet Talk Productions)
Adam McEvoy of Makin’ Trax Production Music
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07981 751 372
Production Music matched to briefs, or use the intuitive online search system with shareable Project Folders. 1000 of the highest quality songs and instrumentals available. Bespoke works written quickly, in any style and for any budget. Clients include Bauer, BBC, Heart, Real, Smooth, Viacom and more. For examples, or access to the online catalogue, just email me. Thanks, Adam.
Jon Nicholls: 07867 663137 or email: email@example.com
“I absolutely love radio drama! I’m a composer and sound designer with a substantial track record of working in radio (Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4Extra, SparkLab, Ladbroke Radio, Corporation For Independent Media), theatre (National Theatre, West End and leading regional theatre companies), and TV (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky1).
You can find a very brief selection of extracts from some of my recent radio projects on my website” www.jonnicholls.com
‘There is so much I could write to recommend Jon and his work, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. If you need bespoke music composed and delivered at a great price, fast and that always fits the bill, then Jon is the composer for you. I have used his work in several BBC radio dramas and productions, as well as in commercial audiobook productions. Each and every time I have not just received incredibly vibrant and majestic music that fit perfectly with the project, but a personable, professional and flexible approach from Jon himself. Nothing is too much to ask, no timeline is impossible, and there is simply no style or form of music he can’t deliver. His work is a real treat for the ears, and his approach to working with us and our production teams is as a partner and friend. I cannot recommend Jon highly enough. Use him once, and you’ll be using him forever!” (Neil Gardner, Director, Ladbroke Audio)
Many thanks for reading!
See Tim Garratt, above
See also Fiona McAlpine, above
Polly Prattent: 07904 377143; firstname.lastname@example.org – London and/or remote
Polly is a Document Production Specialist with a varied background in legal documentation giving her a keen eye for accuracy. She has 30+ years’ experience producing transcription from interviews, recorded meetings, dictation and manuscript. A recent transcription was for a whole Fry’s English Delight about sign language so the programme could be enjoyed by deaf listeners. Experience transcribing interviews for a book. Experience formatting text into templates (Word, Powerpoint, some Excel), reformatting corrupt or untidy documents, insertion of graphics and creation of documents.