Emma has been working in youth radio for the past 15 years. At 14 she applied for work experience for a future placement at Bristol’s Galaxy 101 where after completing her work experience, she made herself indispensable which led to part time employment after leaving school, as a tech-op and phone researcher.

Moving to Leeds to work as a programmes assistant for the company’s flagship station she undertook many roles and launched the networks Chill Out show then went on to EMAP in Sheffield.  Here she was responsible for working on creating new digital radio services and looking at new technology before getting a job as network producer producing the Smash Hits show.

With a long-term passion for black music, BBC Radio 1Xtra was the perfect place to combine her love of radio and music. As a part of the station from its launch she worked on the Sony Gold winning Ace and Vis show and over the 10 years she took the Breakfast Show to it’s highest ever figures, worked on the inception and delivery of U Takeover, leading the award winning Bullyproof campaign and most recently the delivery of Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Hackney Academy.

After the success of the Academy Emma’s passion for young people and social action was spotted by BBC Radio 1, and she is now producing Radio 1’s Surgery show and leading their social action campaigns.

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