Meet the Board

 


 

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.