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Neil founded Fresh Air Production in 2003, after spending his early career as a producer with BBC Radio 5 Live.
He's gone on to be one of the most experienced, well-connected and highly regarded producers in independent radio production. He's directed David Attenborough, managed the promotional campaigns for five Olympic Games, and written the lyrics for a ridiculous World Cup song that no-one bought.
Neil has also been Creative Development Director at RadioWorks, and is a regular event speaker. In 2017 he decided that Fresh Air should focus on branded podcasts, and the rest is history.
Director of Content
Michaela joined Fresh Air after 20 years with the BBC, where she was Head of Audio at BBC Creative. There she was responsible for leading an award winning team to create the audio marketing campaigns for the BBC's highest priority shows from Strictly to Killing Eve, the Olympics to Eastenders, Dr Who and Planet Earth. We could go on.
She's also worked for every BBC network radio station, developed strategy and creative for the BBC's Voice and Connected Speaker offering, and commissioned sonic brand identities for BBC Music and BBC Sounds.
Director of Marketing and Growth
Richard has almost 20 years of experience of marketing some of the world's biggest media and tech brands.
From launching websites at The Guardian & Observer, to launching some of the UK's biggest shows at the BBC and Sky, Richard then went on to lead global marketing for Yahoo and HuffPost. He loves making our podcasts wildly successful, building them to be a core part of any marketing and content strategy.
Annie joined Fresh Air after more than 15 years as a journalist with the BBC, producing live programmes including news and topical affairs. She’s worked with tonnes of presenters, often in a fast paced scary live environment. She loves outside broadcasting and has produced shows in places as varied as Salisbury Cathedral, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the CERN laboratories in Geneva.
Annie has put her stamp on podcasts for Shell, Allianz and Happiful, among many others.
Oli’s work with Fresh Air has ranged from learning about fogging machines to wandering around Kent with Gregg Wallace. A warm and friendly, super-organised, razor sharp producer with an ability to put people at ease very quickly.
Oli also came up with the idea for, and created, ‘Stopping to Notice’ with Miranda Keeling - our first Fresh Air original.
Oli splits his spare time between trying - and failing - to learn Spanish, and repeatedly reminding everyone around him that he's learning Spanish.
From astronaut training to speedy supercars, Izzie creates engaging podcasts that bring science to life.
Having started at BBC 6 Music, she was motivated to create factual programmes for the general public. Izzie spent 3 years as a producer and presenter for The Naked Scientists on BBC 5 Live, presented a video series for BBC Radio 1 on genetics and created experiments for children’s TV.
Izzie remains a self-confessed space nerd but is working on a range of climate and conservation podcasts (...that will totally save the world!)
Martin has over 20 years’ experience as a journalist and producer. He’s worked in live radio and natural history television and was producer of BBC Radio 4’s Costing The Earth.
Since joining Fresh Air Production in 2018 he’s worked with major clients such as Shell, BASF and Decathlon. He also produced The Big Steal, winner of the People’s Lovie Award for 2020, finalist in the 2021 Webby Awards and the New York Audio Festival awards.
He is a huge advocate for press freedom with an unhealthy love of journalism.
From brains to bugs to better ways of protecting the planet, Eva creates entertaining and enlightening podcasts about science.
She joined the Fresh Air team after spending 18 months producing and presenting science shows for The Naked Scientists on BBC 5 Live, ABC’s Radio National in Australia, and the flagship ‘The Naked Scientists’ podcast.
When not editing audio or writing a script, you’ll find her taking long rambling walks with coffee in hand…listening to a podcast!
Beckie makes everything come together. Whether it’s sorting out timing schedules, coordinating location recordings or organising the creation of hundreds of separate deliverables, Beckie helps our producers to deliver great podcasts in the most effective way.
An Arsenal season-ticket holder and Eastenders obsessive who previously ran her own cake business, Beckie’s two main objectives in life are to make better monday.com boards and to meet Ian Wright. None of us know what we would do without her.
Clara worked in Irish radio since 2015 and has production experience from breakfast to current affairs and magazine to music stations, and dabbled in presenting.
She produces and co-hosts 'Thirty, Flirty & Perishing', a brunch-table-girlie-chat podcast about the highs and lows of living in London in your thirties. She has previously hosted ‘Summer Baes – The Unofficial Home & Away Podcast’, (Performs theme song on request)
She’s hugged Beyoncé twice, supports Burnley FC and can usually be found watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Basil joined Fresh Air from the BBC where he was a studio director working on stations like Radio 4, 5 Live and Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Basil manages the sessions in our Tileyard studio, looks out for brilliant, innovative audio techniques, and makes sure that our work always lives up to the highest production standards.
He loves his dog, Stella, so much that he has her tattooed on his arm. He’s managed bands and pubs, and now he manages to make all our clients sound wonderful through the medium of podcasts.
Nik is an expert in promoting podcasts through numerous channels and maximising both Fresh Air’s and the client’s ability to bring an audience to a show.
With podcasts being judged against other digital content, metrics are hugely important and Nik knows how to show exactly how successful your podcast has been.
Like Beckie, he holds a special place in his heart for Arsenal, and for Bukayo Saka in particular.
Jayne started out with BBC Radio 4 working on flagship shows such as Start the Week, You and Yours and Loose Ends. She moved to South Africa where she started the country’s first commercial podcast company, making powerful audio content for leading financial and retail clients and pioneering the development of SA’s podcast sector.
Since being back in the UK, she has worked with us on successful productions for Legal & General, Hakluyt strategic advisory, South East Trains and the FCDO (Taking Apart Terror – deconstructing Islamist extremism - was a New York Audio Festival finalist and Lovie Award winner). She is also the Series Producer of The Graham Norton Book Club for Audible.
Alex boasts 15 years of experience producing a range of specialist music radio shows at BBC Radio 1 including Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong & the Essential Mix, B Traits, Judge Jules & Mary Anne Hobbs’ The Breezeblock.
He has also produced several critically acclaimed documentaries for Radio 1, notably, Gilles Peterson in Cuba & in Havana.
Alex is also a music producer and international DJ, he speaks two languages and has a cute dog called Milo.
Katharine is an experienced radio and podcast producer with a passion for nature, science, history and social issues. A long-running partner in creating strategic audio content for brands, we've worked together on award-winning productions since 2016. Also a freelancer writer, artist and owner of Podcast Pioneers, you can find Katharine's book "Step-by-Step Podcasting for Business" on Amazon.
She’s managed our projects for Legal & General, National Grid, Greater Anglia Trains, English Heritage and The National Galleries of Scotland.
After years of collecting various audio, writing, and storytelling skills from working in live radio, TV production, and magazine editing, Anouszka decided to get a job that allows her to use all those skills at once.
As a freelance podcast producer, she’s worked with some of the biggest names in broadcasting, nurtured the talent of new presenters, and just about has time to produce and present her own award-winning podcast too. A stickler for sticking to schedules, if you want a perfectionist project manager, Anouszka’s the one to ask.
Raj first worked for Fresh Air as part of BBC Asian Network programmes where she was making specialist music shows, but her work now spreads across a huge range of our podcasts.
A social media queen, and fashion know-it-all, Raj has worked on multiple campaigns for ITV making more memes than you can shake a stick at.
She created, and co-presented “The Reality Tea” for Radio 1, and was named “Best New Presenter” at the ARIAS 2020 with her co-host Pilar.
Julie-Anna’s extensive journalism experience spans BBC radio (Radio 4's news programmes and Radio 1 Newsbeat), BBC regional TV and Sky News.
Business news has been her focus in recent years. Alongside writing about mergers and acquisitions for Dealreporter and Mergermarket, she produced and presented a podcast on the topic.
Career highlights include a day spent with the Hell’s Angels and a night out with Kiefer Sutherland
Paul has been making radio and podcasts for 25 years - including being Weekend Editor at LBC and then as the Radio Producer at Open Mike Productions, making BBC programmes, including documentaries, panel shows, stand up shows, specialty music shows and sit-coms/dramas.
Paul was also an Account Manager/Director at various advertising agencies including being involved in the first ever UK TV commercial to use a Beatles song!
As well as this, Paul is an Award Winning radio film reviewer!
With over 35 years of professional broadcasting experience in both commercial radio and at the BBC, Graham has had a distinguished career both as a presenter and producer.
Some of the documentaries he's made include life aboard a British patrol submarine (he slept in a hammock strung up between two torpedo racks!), and flying with the world-famous RAF Red Arrows.
Graham likes cycling, aviation and DIY but is rubbish at playing cards.
Juliette worked as an Audio Producer for the Heart Network for a number of years – creating station sound heard by over 9 million people every week.
She was awarded the Radio Academy's 30-Under-30 Award in 2016, and 2018 and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Student Radio Association in 2019.
Juliette can be found travelling the world, taking dance classes and seeking out the best hot chocolate wherever she happens to be.
Melvin has over 20 years experience of producing radio, podcasts and music. As a journalist he’s led teams on daily news programmes, live shows and major series for BBC Radio 4.
He's authored and produced BBC documentaries on everything from natural history to current affairs, Nordic culture and jazz. And as a music producer he has worked for feature film, TV and at the BBC Proms.
He’s a music nerd and proud of it.
Sarah is an award-winning journalist and factual audio producer with 20 years’ experience in BBC radio.
She’s reported on a hugely diverse range of stories for BBC News, often broadcasting live and alone from the most remote locations, using her wits and a range of technologies!
Conversely Sarah has also produced and presented finely-crafted features and documentaries for regional and network BBC radio, including for Radio 4’s Today, PM, Broadcasting House, You and Yours, Farming Today, and Saturday Live.
She has her own extensive sound effects archive and a nerdy collection of quality microphones.
Her main interests are dogs, chickens, singing and kayaking.
Phil has been producing podcasts since 2016, when he tanked his final year of university trying to make a homemade version of Radiolab. He scraped through with a Zoology degree and a Student Radio Award nomination and has been working in audio ever since.
He produced and presented for BBC's The Naked Scientists two years, and has worked on a wide range of other projects - on subjects from interfaith relations to economics to oral history, and for a number of businesses and nonprofits. His focus is science, the environment, and society.
In his spare time Phil is a mediocre guitar player, a slightly better rock climber, and an honest to god podcast junkie with a five a day habit. He has also been in the TV show Eastenders.
Helen started as a traffic reporter on national radio, then tackled voiceovers (which are still a big part of her work) and TV continuity before producing Robin Ince’s very first podcasts for Comedy Central in 2006. Sprinkled over recent years, she has made national radio trails for BBC Creative Audio, produced myriad audiobooks and mixed a number of projects from podcasts to apps. As a Producer for B7 Media, she also makes award-winning audio drama for Audible and BBC Radio 4, among others.
Helen loves sci-fi, gin, musicals, comedy and any excuse to listen to good audio. She also once narrated a slightly saucy viral video that clocked up nearly 20 million views worldwide. Possibly more now. She daren't look.
Meera is an award-winning Producer and Content Development Exec. She was selected as one of the Rising Stars of 2022 in the British Podcast Awards, was named Best Entertainment Producer in the 2022 Audio Production Awards, and has won two Lovie Awards. Meera has produced stories for the BBC, Sony Music, Universal, UK Parliament, Waitrose, and other well-known brands. Meera is Ambie nominated, and has had her work featured in The Guardian and The Times and selected as one of Spotify's Best Episodes Of 2021.
With 10+ years of multimedia production experience in the audio, radio and podcast industry, Leon specialises in helping podcasts get the very most out of video and has brought a visual angle to a range of Fresh Air Production output. He has a passion for creativity and technology in equal measure and is excited to help many more podcasts translate to and thrive within the video space.
Outside of the podcast world Leon creates interactive artworks, makes videos for bands and once rode a bicycle from the UK to Iran.
Making radio since 1999 and podcasts since 2008, Phill is a reputable and experienced, award-winning producer, editor and sound engineer as well as University Lecturer in Audio Journalism with bags of skills honed at the BBC and in the commercial and private sectors. Phill started in BBC Radio Sport as the office boy, then gradually progressed to working on a range of live and pre-recorded programmes, including 5 Live Sport and 606. He went freelance in 2008 and is a wizard in audio story-telling techniques; making programmes and pods on subjects ranging from second hand clothes to sporting tragedies.
Phill also taught radio and podcasting for 5 years on the Journalism courses at Bournemouth University, and then more recently at City and the University of East London.
One of his many career highlights was producing and editing the chart topping American Vigilante podcast.
He began working for Fresh Air in 2019 for our client, the AQA. Since then he’s produced his magic for us on our projects for NBC Universal and the National Lottery, and on The Big Steal.
Away from work, Phill is a big Spurs fan (but not for his sins, he’s a good boy) and music lover, especially Jungle/Drum & Bass on vinyl. He also loves swimming, cycling and going to the pub.