The Audio Production Awards, sponsored by Audible, were held at a gala event on Wednesday 23 November at the BFI on London’s South Bank. Poppy Jay & Rubina Pubani, stars of BBC Sound’s Podcast, Brown Girls Do It Too, were the hosts.

The APAs, organised by AudioUK, recognise outstanding achievement in audio production, celebrating the craft skills behind radio, podcast, audiobook production and more.

This year’s winners include Lina Prestwood, who won gold for Best Lifestyle & Society Producer and The Sustainability Award for her work The Long Time Academy at Scenery Studios. Axel Kacoutié also won two awards including Best Factual Producer and Best Sound Design Producer for his work at Falling Tree Productions. Producer of the Year was won by Steve Urquhart and audio newcomer Lianne Sanderson was crowned Best New Voice for her work at talkSPORT.

The special AudioUK Award was presented to Lily Ames for the UK Audio Network (UKAN), a growing community of audio producers, commissioners and creators, distributing work opportunities via a shared email list.

Reduced Listening (above) named Production Company of the Year.

The judges said of the winning entry: “The range of content and the craftsmanship shone through – with every topic presented with such a unique take and personal touch. This reflects the company’s strong ethos of inclusion, diversity and elevating new talented voices in front of and behind the mic.”

Chloe Straw, Managing Director of AudioUK, said:

“This year’s Audio Production Awards, which were sponsored by our excellent lead sponsor Audible, have been fantastic. We had a record number of entries, across a range of categories, including four new ones: Best Lifestyle & Society Producer; The Sustainability Award; Publisher or Network of the Year; Producer of the Year.

The Awards are about representing and celebrating the huge wealth of production and presenter talent that exists in the UK. The creativity and expertise within the audio industry continues to be of an incredible standard, and this was highly evident in the quality of the entries this year. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

It is also incredibly important that the awards are accessible and inclusive, and we continue to work hard to ensure this is the case. We partnered with Amazon Music and Wondery this year on the Pay What You Can scheme, which is key to ensuring inclusive and equal accessibility within the industry.

Thank you to all of our category sponsors: BBC Sounds; BetterHelp; In:Quality; The Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund; The Podcast Show; Radiocentre and United Voices. And thank you to our media partners: Content is Queen, Creative Mentor Network, Disruptive Talent, Pineapple Audio Production, Podbible, Podnews, PodPod, Podspike, The Radio Academy, RadioToday, Reel2Media, Reelworld,  SRA, and Transmission Roundhouse. Partnerships are so important in the growth of the audio industry, and it has been a pleasure working with you all.

Finally thank you to the team behind the awards – all of the excellent judges; the Chair of Judges Bernard Achampong; EDI consultant Yassine Senghor; Lead Producer Sophie Cantopher, Assistant Producer Ria Penido; Tim Wilson who leads on AudioUK’s Policy, Regulation and Communications; AudioUK Administrator Kim Mason; and the rest of our extended team. Thank you also to the AudioUK Board for their time and expertise.


Audio Production Awards – Winners 2022


Best Arts & Culture Producer

GOLD – Geoff Bird – Freelance

SILVER – Steven Rajam – Overcoat Media

BRONZE – Lyndsay Fenner & Victoria Lloyd – Storyglass


Hannah Dean – Falling Tree Productions

Hannah Hufford – BBC Audio

Victoria Ferran – Just Radio

Best News & Current Affairs Producer

GOLD – James Shield – The Times and The Sunday Times

SILVER – Taryn Siegel – The Times and The Sunday Times

BRONZE – Ruth Abrahams – Freelance / The Guardian


Ant Adeane – Freelance

Daniel Rosney – BBC Newsbeat

Edward Drummond – The Times and The Sunday Times

Best Entertainment Producer

GOLD – Meera Kumar – Freelance

SILVER – Adem Waterman – Absolute Radio

BRONZE – Lorna Skingley – 7digital


Lucy Dearlove – Storyglass

Ore Olukoga – TBI Media

Victoria Ferran – Just Radio

Best New Producer sponsored by BBC Sounds

GOLD – Redzi Bernard – Falling Tree Productions

SILVER – Julian Maclurg – Freelance

BRONZE – Pippa Smith – Novel

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Talia Augustidis – Message Heard


Charlotte North – Whistledown

Rufaro Faith Mazarura – Audio Always

Best Presenter sponsored by The Podcast Show

GOLD – Danny Robins – Bafflegab Productions

SILVER – John Sweeney – Chalk and Blade

BRONZE – Claudia Winkleman – TBI Media


Axel Kacoutié – Falling Tree Productions

Elis James and John Robins – Audio Always

Rob Beckett – TBI Media

Best Factual Producer sponsored by In:Quality

GOLD – Axel Kacoutié

SILVER – Joshua Kelly – The Guardian

BRONZE – Eva Krysiak – Freelance


Kate Taylor – Audible

Redzi Bernard – Falling Tree Productions

Russell Finch – Wondery

Best Sports Producer

GOLD – Chessie Bent – TBI Media

SILVER – Olly Clink – talkSPORT

BRONZE – Joel Grove – Guardian News and Media

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Isabel Minter – talkSPORT


Adonis Pratsides – The Athletic

Christian Hewgill – BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

Gethin Thomas Award for Best Comedy Producer

GOLD – Matt Thomas – Audio Always

SILVER – Gus Beattie – Gusman Productions

BRONZE – David Tyler – Pozzitive


Ed Morrish – Lead Mojo Productions

Gwyn Rhys Davies – BBC Studios

Kurt Brookes – Made In Manchester

Best Music Producer

GOLD – Arthur Hagues – Prison Radio Association

SILVER – Jack Howson

BRONZE – Katie Callin – Reduced Listening


Helen Weatherhead – Audio Always

Keana Bernard – BBC Audio

Nate Goodman – We Are Grape

Best Audiobook Producer

GOLD – Laura-Leigh Smith – String and Tins for Audible

SILVER – Chris Thompson – Penguin Random House

BRONZE – David Beck – Wireless Theatre for Audible

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Lily Ridett – Freelance


Kathleen Moroney – Red Apple Creative for Audible

Tanya Hougham – HarperCollins Publishers

Best Narrator

GOLD – Tracy Wiles – Almost Tangible

SILVER – Julie Hesmondhalgh – HarperCollins

BRONZE – Tom Alexander – HarperCollins

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Minnie Driver – Bonnier Books UK


Andy Serkis – HarperCollins

Kristin Atherton – Penguin Random House

Best Lifestyle & Society Producer (NEW) sponsored by BetterHelp

GOLD – Lina Prestwood – Scenery Studios

SILVER – Sangeeta Pillai – Soul Sutras

BRONZE – Andrew Gold – On the Edge with Andrew Gold


Anouszka Tate – Freelance

Selina Ream – Somethin’ Else

Sylvie Carlos – Unedited

This award is sponsored by BetterHelp. Life would be so much easier if it came with a user manual. Producing a podcast would be, too. When things feel difficult, BetterHelp is an accessible and affordable option for therapy. With 25,000 therapists and over 3 million people served worldwide, they know a thing or two about helping people navigate life. BetterHelp is proud to be the leading global podcast advertiser, and to support the Audio Production Awards here in the UK.

Best Ensemble Cast

GOLD – Joelah, Keke & DJ Silk – 1Xtra’s Throwback Party

SILVER – Kat Anderson & Natalia Anderson – Expat Immigrant Podcast

BRONZE – Helen Brown, Terri Sweeney, Emma Goswell & Beena Khetani – Effin Hormones


Elis James &. John Robins – Audio Always

Kim Davis & Raffaella Coleman – The Scene

William Hanson & Jordan North – Audio Always

Best New Voice sponsored by BBC Sounds

GOLD – Lianne Sanderson – talkSPORT

SILVER – Cara McGoogan – The Telegraph

BRONZE – Talia Augustidis – Message Heard


Afrodeutsche – Reform Radio

Lily Baldwin – Audible

Peter Waring – Whistledown

Best Branded Sound Producer

GOLD – Luke Berry – BBC Popular Music Station Sound

SILVER – Adam Venton – Little Monster Media

BRONZE – Chris Nicoll – WIZZFX


Ali Rezakhani – BBC Sounds

Kenny Southavy – ReelWorld

Sam Parker – WIZZFX

Best Sound Design Producer

GOLD – Axel Kacoutié – Freelance

SILVER – Benbrick

BRONZE – Kit Milsom – Mags Creative


Hannah Dean – Falling Tree Productions

John Wakefield – Audible

Steve Urquhart – Freelance

Best Drama & Fiction Producer

GOLD – Andrew Mark Sewell – B7 Media

SILVER – Barnaby Eaton-Jones & Ian Haig – Idea Hat Productions

BRONZE – Melanie Harris – Sparklab Productions


Celia de Wolff – Pier Productions

Jacqueline Rayner – Big Finish Productions

Nicolas Jackson – Afonica

AudioUK Award

UK Audio Network (UKAN)

Grassroots Production Awards sponsored by The Podcasting Seriously Awards Fund

GOLD – Carousel

SILVER – Vic Elizabeth Turnbull – MIC Media

BRONZE – Modus Arts – Tape Letters


Boz Temple-Morris & Fin Kennedy – The Waves

Miranda Rae – Afrikan Queens

Steve Urquhart – Doing Bird

The Sustainability Award (NEW)

GOLD – The Long Time Academy – Scenery Studios

SILVER – Lucia Scazzocchio – Wild Eye

BRONZE – Resonance FM


Jo Kennedy & Cathy Shaw – Nature Tripping

Loftus Media – Funghi: The New Frontier

Reform Radio

Producer of the Year (NEW)

GOLD – Steve Urquhart – Freelance

SILVER – Hana Walker-Brown – Broccoli Productions / Freelance

BRONZE – Jon Holmes – unusual



Hannah Dean – Falling Tree Productions

Victoria Ferran – Just Radio

Publisher or Network of the Year (NEW)

GOLD – Resonance FM

SILVER – Mags Creative

BRONZE – Fun Kids


Crowd Network

Sky News


Production Company of the Year sponsored by Radiocentre

GOLD – Reduced Listening

SILVER – Unedited

BRONZE – Whistledown


Holy Mountain

TBI Media

We Are Grape



You can read more about the winning entries for the 2022 APAs, including comments from the judges, here.