Meet the Exec Team

 

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 & 2014 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.

Outside of work Andy enjoys several outdoor sports including surfing, mountain biking and skiing, with a skill level best illustrated by the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none”.


 

James Wenger

Chief Technology Officer

James Wenger

UKRD’s Chief Technology Officer fell into radio by accident relatively recently, having come from an internet and software development background, prior to which he spent more time than is sensible for anyone without sandals and a beard swanning around in Academia pretending to do clever things. James stopped protesting that he was not some kind of computer nerd when the rest of the Exec team started commenting on him never seeming to turn up to meetings without at least one computer and when someone else told him having four computers on his desk was “not normal”

As well as radio and computers, James also studies aikido and regularly heads over to Japan to be reminded that he is still only just learning this stuff.


 

Dave Coull

Group Content Director

Dave Coull

Dave started his career with UKRD on a one week work experience placement in 1999.

Originally part of the on-air team, he quickly moved from the studio to music management, first regionally and then group-wide. In his role as Group Music Manager, Dave oversaw the company’s music strategy, managed record company relationships and introduced the group-wide music research software ‘Soundcheck’ at all UKRD’s radio stations.

When he isn’t at work, Dave can be found renovating his cottage in the Cotswolds or cycling in the hills of the surrounding countryside.

Appointed to the Senior Executive team in January 2016, Dave now works alongside the group’s programmers and presenters helping to develop the content they provide to their local communities.