Radio Academy reveals list of mentees and mentors taking part in its 2024 development scheme

Participants include professionals from the BBC, Sky, The Guardian and more

The Radio Academy has announced the names of the 24 mentees and 24 mentors that will be taking part in this year’s Radio Academy Mentoring Programme (RAMP).

The industry development programme is aimed at professionals with at least five years of experience in the audio and radio industry, with the aim to provide them with expertise and support from industry leaders to help them build confidence and advance in their careers. 

As part of the programme, which will officially start at the end of February following an induction taking place in London, mentees will receive confidential one-to-one mentoring sessions from their mentors as well as access to a series of seminars and training workshops on peer development and leadership skills with the programme’s lead, former radio producer Natasha Maw. 

“Mentoring comes for most professionals at a critical point in their career journey – often at a time when they feel stuck on how to advance to the next level,” said The Radio Academy managing director Aradhna Tayal Leach. “Mentoring and guided support can quite often open up different paths and even more importantly, build the confidence to take the next step.

“There is a wealth of talent in this year’s cohort and we wish them every success, and our full support, in the programme.”

For this year’s programme, The Radio Academy has collaborated with BBC Sounds Audio Lab – a training and development programme for podcast producers and audio creatives under the broadcasting corporation – to include creators from its 2023 cohort to continue their career development. 

Creators from BBC Sounds Audio Lab that will be joining RAMP 2024 include Anouska Lewis, Seun Matiluko, May Robson and Taqwa Sadiq. BBC Sounds Audio Lab first launched in 2022. Podcast producer Tommy Dixon, who joined the BBC Sounds Audio Lab cohort in its inaugural year, won Best New Podcast at the UK Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs) for his show Colouring in Britain

“We are thrilled to join the Radio Academy on this hugely beneficial mentoring programme that helps to grow the next wave of audio leaders in our industry,” said BBC Sounds Audio Lab commissioning executive Khaliq Meer. “BBC Sounds is passionate about helping the podcasters and audio creatives access the best support and resources, achieve next-level ambition and RAMP fits perfectly with that objective. We look forward to working together in the year ahead.”

Other audio creatives that will be joining this year’s RAMP cohort as mentees include Sky News podcast producer Soila Apparicio, The Guardian’s The Audio Long Read podcast producer Jessica Beck, and others from companies including Bauer Media and The Telegraph as well as independents. 

A number of high-profile industry professionals have also joined the programme as mentors including Audioboom’s vice president of UK content and production Mike Newman, Sony Music’s vice president and head of content Chris Skinner, Creators Inc’s managing director Gloria Abramoff, and more. 

This year’s programme is supported by broadcast technology and software company Broadcast Bionics and will run for a six-month period. The list of participants were selected by a panel of Radio Academy trustees after applications closed last year, led by its chair of judges, BBC Radio 1Xtra producer Adele Cross. 

“The products and tools we develop at Broadcast Bionics help broadcasters around the world connect with their audiences every day,” said Broadcast Bionics managing director Dan McQuillin. “But no matter how far technology advances, there will always be an innate human desire for connection.

“This is precisely what awaits the 2024 cohort of RAMP. I encourage each person to embrace this opportunity to connect and learn from their mentors and peers through this one-of-a-kind mentoring journey.”