TREVOR DANN

Trevor is Creative Director of TDC, chair of the London Voiceover talent agency, secretary of the trade body Audio UK, a director community station Cambridge 105 Radio and Professor of Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. He regularly produces and execs documentaries and features for the BBC, especially Radios 2 and 4. He produced the award-winning 50-part series Sounds of the 20th Century for BBC Radio 2 and was director of the pan-BBC Listeners’ Archive project. He has won 8 New York Radio Awards, 6 Sony Radio Awards and 2 Community Radio Awards.

From 2006 to 2010 he was Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, the UK registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in broadcasting and audio production. He chaired the UK Radio Festival in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and presented the RadioTalk podcast.

He was previously Head of BBC Music Entertainment (1996-2000), responsible for all the corporation’s in-house pop music production including Radio 1, Radio 2, Top of the Pops, Glastonbury, Later with Jools, World Service pop output and international distribution. He is best known in the music industry as the man who overhauled Radio 1‘s music policy during the repositioning of the station in the mid-nineties. Later, as MD of Pop for Emap (2000-2), he was responsible for the Smash Hits brand on all media platforms and oversaw the launch of both the Smash Hits TV channel and the Smash Hits Radio Show. He was executive producer of the Smash Hits Pollwinners’ Party (2000 and 2001) and the Q Awards and Kerrang! Awards (2001) for Channel 4. Between 2002 and 2004 he presented BBC Radio Cambridgeshire‘s breakfast show. He previously worked as a local radio reporter and producer (BBC Radio Nottingham 1974-79), a Radio 1 producer (1979-83), producer of Whistle Test and Live Aid for BBC TV (1983-88) and as Managing Editor of the BBC’s London radio station GLR (1988-93) where he helped launch the radio careers of Chris Evans, Chris Morris and Danny Baker among many others.

Trevor was educated at Nottingham High School and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He also graduated from the Executive Program at the University of Michigan. He has been a weekly columnist for The Times and The Sunday Telegraph and contributed to The Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Q, Music Week, The Word and Mojo. His biography of Nick Drake, “Darker Than The Deepest Sea” was published in 2006.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Radio Academy and a winner of a BAFTA for Live Aid.  In 1999 he was awarded the Country Music Association‘s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement & Promotion of Country Music Internationally.

Trevor lives near Cambridge, is married (to Maureen) and has two children, Celia and Henry.  He was the founding Chairman of Ashwell Academicals FC and is a member of Notts County Cricket Club, a season ticket holder at Arsenal and a fervent supporter of Notts County FC.