ELR Board of Directors

Paul Robinson

Chair of the Board / Patron
Paul.Robinson@EastLondonRadio.org.uk

Paul is a former Head of Strategy BBC Network Radio, Managing Editor of BBC Radio 1 and Managing Director of commercial network Talk Radio

In 2013/14 he was Chief Executive of the Radio Academy and is CEO of Creative Media Partners, a full service TV and digital consultancy with customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US. Paul founded KidsCo in 2005 with lead shareholder NBC Universal and was CEO until majority sale in 2011, before which he was Senior Vice President Walt Disney Television based in London and Los Angeles.

Paul is a judge of the Baftas, Emmys, AIBs, Asian TV Awards, Arqiva and Sony/Radio Academy Awards and has a BSc Hons degree and MBA with Distinction from Bradford, Manchester and Cambridge Universities.

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Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Chair of the Board / Patron

Ian Chambers

Managing Director / Co-Founder
Ian@EastLondonRadio.org.uk

I've lived in East London for over 25 years. Like many people living here - I'm not from here, I'm not sure I meant to stay here this long, but there's something wonderful about this place I call home.

Its a great mixture of people - the most culturally diverse corner of the UK, if not the world, and generally everyone gets on with everyone else, theres a great sense of belonging to an exciting and ever changing community.

Its a place of contrasts - I love that its so near to the centre of London, yet easy to escape to the country and abroad. People who have always lived here share their street with newcomers, who are largely accepted and welcomed into the community. Victorian houses alongside shiny new buildings, heritage alongside the future.

It was Londons best kept secret, the place where many looked down their noses at this side of town, not many Londoners knew of Stratford, except the Shakespeare "upon-Avon" variety, despite it being so near central London.

The games of 2012 changed all that - the ever resilient East Londoners put up with years of upheaval, and scrubbed the place up a bit, for our East London to be seen by millions. We proudly welcomed people from all round the world, something we've been good at for centuries.

East London never stands still and I think the next few years will be really exciting times for the area, there'll be a lot more people here, new communities on the games site and along Thames gateway. We've got to make the investment in the area work for us, not just the money people.

At ELR, we're working hard with the community to bring as many of the great flavours of the area to the radio airwaves, and I'd personally like to thank the million or so of us who live in East London for making it a brilliant place to live and work.

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Ian Chambers

Ian Chambers

Managing Director / Co-Founder

Aaron McCarter

Operations Director / Co-Founder
Aaron@EastLondonRadio.org.uk

Since I was very young I have had a passion for the Media. My first taste was work experience at Yorkshire Dales Radio (Fresh Radio) in Skipton. I immediately got the radio bug and started volunteering at my local Hospital radio station (Radio Airedale) in Keighley. Three years on I became station manager, keeping that post for seven years until August 2009.I have volunteered at LS11FM, Radio Jcom and have taught radio for Craven College, Skipton & Thomas Danby (Leeds City College).

In 2010 I was given the post at South Leeds Community Radio as Station Manager - Technical where I trained new volunteers, introduced a playout system, 24 hour broadcasting and live shows. When I moved to London in 2011 I became station manager at Camden Community Radio, a post which I held for a year.

My day job is a CIPD Trainer in music licensing for PPL and I was lucky enough to licence the fringe events during London 2012 which included the torch relay and all sponsor events.I am passionate about East London.

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Aaron McCarter

Aaron McCarter

Operations Director / Co-Founder

Dekan Apajee

Youth Director
Dekan.Apajee@EastLondonRadio.org.uk

Dekan Apajee is an experienced tri-media journalist. He currently works as a freelance media consultant and trainer. Dekan's career at the BBC spanned over ten years and saw him work across various news departments including, BBC News Channel and BBC London.

He spent a majority of his time producing bespoke User Generated Content and facilitating the storytelling of Londoners. As a proud Londoner himself, Dekan also worked across the BBC's London 2012 content, producing short films and managing a local online radio station from one of it's satellite hubs in east London.

One of Dekan's claims to fame is a Director and Producer credit on the award winning comedy series, Twenty Twelve. Dekan also founded and manages Allsortz Open Mic - a Social Enterprise that provides performance opportunities to young people from across the capital.

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Dekan Apajee

Dekan Apajee

Youth Director

Mark Kass

Non-Executive Director of Strategy
Mark@EastLondonRadio.org.uk

Mark is an experienced entrepreneur and director and one of East London’s leading authorities on business start-up, enterprise growth and flexible workspace provision.

Whilst building and selling a portfolio of his own profitable businesses, Mark became and still is a huge ambassador for business-led regeneration, community engagement, social enterprise development and corporate social responsibility and his current portfolio of executive and non-executive directorships extends across East London based profit and non-profit making businesses alike.

Mark’s passion for radio comes from a 3-year stint as a hospital radio presenter in the 90’s and in marketing roles where he successfully developed radio campaigns for commercial retail and healthcare businesses. He is a lifelong West Ham United fan and although often frustrated by his favourite team’s performance is very excited about their imminent move to the Olympic Stadium.

Mark is married and a Dad of twins, an avid scuba diver, a frustrated guitarist and lives on a hilltop overlooking Epping Forest where he keeps a watchful eye on his beloved East London even when he is not working!

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Mark Kass

Mark Kass

Non-Executive Director of Strategy

Lucy Duffield

Director of Volunteers
lucy.duffield@eastlondonradio.org.uk

Lucy began her radio career at Spark FM in Sunderland after taking a year out of her university degree, she began reading traffic and travel for the station during drive time and breakfast and soon progressed to presenting her own shows. Lucy was also Head of Speech and breakfast show producer during her tenure at Spark FM.

After a move to London, Lucy gained employment at Global Radio as an Airtime Sales Planner in their national sales department, working closely with clients and brands to reach their campaign objectives. While working at Global Radio, Lucy became Regions Leader for Sound Women. A role she holds today.

In July 2013 Lucy then moved on to Somethin’ Else to production manage their radio department. Here Lucy is responsible for the day to day logistics of the department and works with over 40 members of staff across shows on BBC Radio as well as commercial offerings.
@LucyDuffield/@soundwomen

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Lucy Duffield

Lucy Duffield

Director of Volunteers

Jonathan O'Sullivan

Station Manager
Jonathan@EastLondonRadio.org.uk

Jonathan began his career in radio seven years ago for the Irish state broadcaster, RTE. During his time there, he worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between generating commercial revenue and creating great on-air content.

In 2011, he brokered the first ever DAB sponsorship in Ireland and also produced a socially driven specialist music show for RTE Pulse.

He later went on to work for Absolute Radio in the UK where he sold and co-ordinated branded content solutions across the network of stations.

Currently, Jonathan writes a monthly column for Irish lifestyle magazine, GCN and is working on a number of radio features exploring everything from sociology to issues that affect both young and old.

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Jonathan O'Sullivan

Jonathan O'Sullivan

Station Manager

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