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Local Radio station takes a step forward Posted On 23 November 2020

Plans for a community radio station to serve Stamford and Rutland have taken a step forward.


The Rutland Community Radio Project, led by Project Manager Rob Persani, has appointed an Independent Project Board to steer the project and work with Rob, to bring the project to reality.


Following a call for applicants through Stamford Nub News and other media, more than 30 people volunteered to be on the Independent Project Board.


Margaret Miles, the former High Sheriff of Rutland, chaired the recruitment panel, made up of community representatives to choose the six Project Board Members.


Announcing the membership of the Independent Project Board, Miles said: “Rutland is a small community with a big heart, and it is important that that heart has a voice that truly represents our residents and businesses.


“I am delighted that we are exploring the development of a new Community Radio Station to enhance the lives of the people of Rutland and Stamford and am confident that we have recruited the right mix of skills and personalities to ensure this not only comes to fruition, but has a long and sustainable future.”


The Independent Project Board membership will be:


  • Mary Hardwick from Manton will Chair the Board. Mary has a strong background in international business and currently specialises in athletic coaching and community-based physical rehabilitation.


  • David Lewis from Ketton is a former Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience in finance and project management.


  • Mick Meadows is an executive producer for a national radio station, having started his career in local radio.


  • Sarah Press from Oakham is a counsellor and psychotherapist. She brings career experience in marketing, education and therapy.


  • Heather Sharpe grew up in Rutland and now lives in Uffington. Heather is a former commercial accountant and project manager with high-level experience in publishing and travel.


  • Alexandra Wilby from Belton-in-Rutland currently operates in the not-for-profit sector, having set up a well-established a community interest company in Rutland.


Rutland County Council has set up the Community Radio Project to investigate the possibility of establishing a community radio station for Rutland and the surrounding area after Rutland Radio was bought out earlier this year.

The Independent Project Board will meet weekly initially. Further details and ongoing updates will be provided at: www.rutland.gov.uk/communityradio


Originally reported by Stamford Nub News.

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