I am a director of Community Arts Project North East CIC and Award Winning Radio Producer (Charles Parker Award).

After more than 30 years working in purchasing and sales management roles in the manufacturing sector, I took a huge leap of faith and took up the role of Community Development Manager at Hive Community Radio based at Bede’s World Museum in Jarrow, having started volunteering there in 2012.  I decided I needed to find out more about radio and found myself studying for an MA in Radio Production and Management at Sunderland University.

Early 2016 Hive Community Radio had to cease broadcasting as the museum closed. This led to me setting up Community Arts Project North East along with Ben Hudson who had also worked at the Museum and volunteered on the radio.

Community Arts Project North East (CAP NE) gives people a voice, a platform and the opportunity to make and listen to radio programmes & digital stories that matter to them, entertain them and inspire them. We work with schools, community or social groups, to enable them to spend some time making a programme about what matters to them.

People have stories to tell but not always a way of telling them.  We enable people to learn new skills, including interviewing, storytelling or radio production, using simple technology.