RadioCentre boss steps down

By | Published on Thursday 5 September 2013

Andrew Harrison

The boss of commercial radio trade body RadioCentre is to step down at the end of the month after seven years in the job. Andrew Harrison is departing to set up his own consultancy business.

As part of that, he will continue to consult for the trade organisation for at least six months, meanwhile Linda Smith, who for the last three years has led RadioCentre subsidiary the Radio Advertising Bureau, will become interim CEO for the wider organisation while a new full time chief is recruited.

Confirming his departure, Harrison told CMU: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading RadioCentre since its formation in 2006 and working with everyone across the wider radio industry. I am proud of the many important regulatory and legislative changes that the RadioCentre team has helped secure for our members and of the growth the sector has shown in recent years in an intensely competitive media market”.

He added: “I leave a rapidly consolidating sector at the top of its game, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and anticipating an exciting digital future. I am now looking forward building my new strategic consultancy practice across the brand and media sectors and am delighted that RadioCentre will be a founding client”.

Meanwhile the body’s Chair, Dianne Thompson, added: “Andrew has steered RadioCentre and the wider commercial radio industry very successfully through a period of unprecedented and intense change over the past seven years. We will continue to benefit from Andrew’s expertise, as a founding client in his exciting new venture. He leaves with our thanks and very best wishes. Linda is a strong and extremely competent senior executive, who we are confident will ably steer RadioCentre until the handover to the new CEO”.