Meet the Board

 

Trevor Smallwood

Chairman

Trevor Smallwood

Trevor has been Chairman of the group since 2008.

His main business life was in public transport where he established Badgerline and First Group following the privatisation of the bus industry in the UK.

His first involvement in radio was as part of the group which won the licence for Weston super Mare in 2001 They then purchased Cheltenham before the two businesses became part of UKRD in 2004.

He has many charitable involvements being a member of the Merchant Venturers in Bristol and President of St Monica Trust and Chairman of Governors of Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol.

A lifelong Rotherham United supporter he still enjoys an involvement in sport with football and running.


 

John Hepburn

Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

John Hepburn

John graduated from Princeton University in 1972 with a BSE in Engineering and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1974.

He joined Morgan Stanley in 1975, becoming a Managing Director in 1985 and Vice Chairman in 1996. John has been based in the London office since 1978. He has managed the Nordic Corporate Coverage Group for over sixteen years and the Global Corpoate Finance Business.

John has been actively involved in the merger of Asea and Brown Boveri; the restructuring of Investor AB and AB Volvo; the demutualization of Trygg Hansa and the buyout of Saab-Scania. John led the Morgan Stanley team, which restructured the SEBanken during the Swedish banking crisis.

Most recently he led the Morgan Stanley team which defended Scania AB against the hostile bid of MAN AG.

Also, he represented Investor AB and Morgan Stanley in the purchase of Molnlycke Healthcare.

John's other interests include:

  • Member of the Board of Tele2 AB, Molnlycke Healthcare and the Grand Hotel Holdings
  • Chairman of Sportfact Ltd (Guildford Flames)
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Bendheim Centre for Finance (Princeton University); Trustee Lakefield College School
  • UK Trustee The Global Fund for Children

 

Tony Everett

Non-Executive Director

Tony Everett

Tony Everett was appointed a director of UKRD after the acquisition of Netrank in 2007 where he was chairman.

Tony has an entrepreneurial history building up three companies in the 70/80's involved with ceramics, sanitary ware and stone. All these companies were sold at the end of 1989.

He established a portfolio of companies all in CVA and undertook the turnaround. This portfolio was sold to a large Japanese financial operation.

He was a non executive director of Gordon House asset management which was acquired by Fleming family and Partners in 2003. He was heavily involved with their private equity division until 2009 when he joined their advisory board.

He has wide interests throughout Industry and is a non executive chairman / director of several companies involved in Health care, photovoltaic cells, food manufacturing and property development.


 

Lord St Levan

Non-Executive Director

Lord St Levan

James St Levan was the founder Chairman of the group that won the first independent radio licence for Cornwall and launched Pirate FM in 1992. He was also the first Chairman of UKRD Group, a role he fulfilled for twelve years. He has been a serial investor in the group as it has developed, and is as stimulated as ever by the challenges and opportunities for radio.

James now lives in his family home on St Michael’s Mount, which is managed in collaboration with National Trust, and attracts over 200,000 visitors annually to the castle and 50,000 to the garden. He is also responsible for St Aubyn Estates, which consists of some five thousand acres in West Cornwall, some owned for more than six centuries.


 

Glenn Aaronson

Non-Executive Director

Glenn Aaronson

Glenn's involvement in the company began one evening at an ice hockey match. Vice-Chairman John Hepburn told him about a wonderful local radio company that he had been involved in for the last three years. Being American, the concept sounded fascinating and he made a minor investment. He and his family regularly listened to Eagle Radio during that time and even visited the studios.

The takeover of TLRC impressed upon him that UKRD was not simply going to pull through the recession, but be a consolidator within the industry. As a result, he made a larger investment in the company and so joined the board.

Glenn is the Chief Executive of an international company which designs, facilitates and builds shopping centres across Europe.


 

William Rogers

Chief Executive Officer

William Rogers

William Rogers became Chief Executive Officer of UKRD in 2002 after a brief spell as Chief Operating Officer. An Insurance Broker by profession, he established his own broking business in the south west of the UK in 1984 before selling his investment in the business in the winter of 2012. His involvement with the radio sector started when he was invited to join the ultimately successful local group bidding for what is now the heritage licence for Cornwall and which broadcasts as Pirate FM.

As Chief Executive Officer, he has overseen the transformation of UKRD into the country’s fourth largest commercial radio group (by licence number) and more than doubled the group in size in 2009 when UKRD won a contested hostile take-over bid for the publicly quoted Local Radio Company PLC. Within just two years of that acquisition, The Local Radio Company had been transformed from a company losing some £2.5m per annum to one delivering profits of just over £500,000; profits which are continuing to grow year on year. Since then, further acquisitions have been made as the group builds its portfolio of local commercial licences and improves profitability, paying regular dividends to its shareholders. In 2012 & 2013 William was credited as being the Sunday Times “Best Leader” of a Top 100 Best Mid Sized Company to Work For.

Prior to full time executive radio management, and insurance broking before that, William has previously held elected office as a councillor, leading his local authority for a period, been a Primary School Governor, Chairman of a Housing Society, Chairman of a College of Further Education as well as a number of posts in different charitable organisations. He was awarded the MBE in 1990.


 

Andy Preece

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Andy Preece

Andy joined UKRD in June 2008 as Group Financial Controller.

Prior to joining UKRD Andy worked predominantly in the manufacturing sector.  In addition to traditional Financial Controller roles, previous roles include Business Systems controller for the European division of a US manufacturing company, managing the European roll out of new Finance systems. Andy was shortlisted as FD of the Year : Private Company for 2013 by his professional institute, The Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales

Andy is an Associate of the ICAEW.