Honorary Life Members

This is a type of membership is awarded by the SRA as a whole to people who have given up their time to improve and contribute to our events and activities. It is a way of saying thanks to those individuals who have done so much for us over the years.


The SRA Executive and Officers decide on up to 4 individuals a year and the membership agree on the decision at the Annual General Meeting.

2014 Honorary Life Members


Honorary Life Memberships for 2014 will be bestowed to Ashley Tabor, Ben Cooper, Greg James and The Radio Academy at the Student Radio Awards 2014, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio on November 6th 2014.

2013 Honorary Life Members


Dick Stone

Dick has been a long time supporter and lover of Student Radio, both personally and in his role at Global Radio. He is always happy to chat to students, holds regular training days for stations in the East Midlands and has a long history of nurturing talent with Capital FM. This year he has been an invaluable resource in securing Global Radio involvement in the Student Radio Awards and the Student Radio Conference – and he always has time to give. To quote one nomination: “[it’s] about time someone from Global got something (and of all the people it should be him)”. His prolonged commitment to student radio, over the past decade means he thoroughly deserves this recognition.


Mark Farrington

Mark has been involved, like Tim, for many years in the SRA. As Chair of the Association he helped launch the ‘I Love Student Radio’ campaign, and then as Webmaster he developed the current SRA website and awards system. He is also the current Judging Co-ordinator for the Student Radio Awards, and act as a liason with ASRA. Always willing to speak at conference and give his advice when asked, he still loves student radio and supports it.


Tim Dye

Tim has been involved with Student Radio for a great many years. As a member of URB, he joined the SRA holding posts of Marketing Officer and later Chair. Since leaving the SRA, Tim has continued to support the Association and acted as a contact at the BBC, where he has played an important part in arranging speakers at SRA events. More recently, Tim has acted as our liaison with ASRA and taken on the role of Judging Co-ordinator for the Student Radio Awards. This is a significant commitment which deserves to be recognised with this award.

2012 Honorary Life Members


Vicki Blight

Vicki has shown support to the Student Radio Association over a number of years: speaking at the conference and at training days, participating in Demo Factor, and taking part in the awards judging process. Always keen to offer her advice and support, she is a staunch supporter of Student Radio.


Matt Hurst

Matt’s involvement with the Student Radio Association started when he was elected as Development Officer in 2006. Since then he has held the position of Finance Officer and more recently Finance Manager. Matt has held the organisation together through many challenges, often staying in the background. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the organisation and is always willing to go above and beyond to help and advise the Exec and members alike.


Huw Stephens

As Chair of the Student Radio Awards for three years, Huw brought an energy and passion to the event which was unprecedented. He has also been involved in awards judging and has made appearances at the National Student Radio Conference. Nothing has ever been too much trouble for Huw, and he has encouraged student radio music lovers from across the country to contribute to his Radio One show.


Jonathan Jacob

JJ has played a key role in delivering the Student Radio Awards for the last two years. As Production Manager for the event, he has spent a great deal of time liaising with suppliers, co-ordinating the ceremony and generally ensuring that the night runs smoothly. JJ has brought a huge amount of passion and experience to the event, and his positive approach has made him a delight to work with.

2011 Honorary Life Members


John Lawley
John has played an essential and much valued role in the SRA conference and awards over the past few years. As Wise Buddah’s ‘voice talent guru’, he runs the annual Voice of the Awards competition, and then arranges the voice sessions with the winners for use on the big night. John has given up plenty of time to show his support for student radio, and is well deserving of this award.


Sarah Ghost
As a member of the Student Radio Association Executive for three years, Sarah exhibited an unprecedented level of commitment to our members. It is an understatement to say that, without Sarah, the Student Radio Awards would not have been half as good, or as organised, as they were; and she always has the best interests of our members at heart. The hours that Sarah has put into the SRA are an incredible testament of her passion, and the organisation suffered a great loss when she left at the end of her final term of office in July 2011. That we’ve barely touched the surface of Sarah’s achievements is a testament to why she is deserving of this honour.


Rik Ward
Rik is an unsung hero who has given as many years service to the SRA as most of the people on this page put together. As the graphic designer behind the Student Radio Awards programme for as many years as we can remember (and also responsible for the on-night visuals for a number of years) Rik’s creativity has helped to make the night ‘one to remember’ for so many of our members. Few people got to work directly with Rik, but his patience, stamina and commitment (especially in the face of tight deadlines) make him especially worthy of the Honorary Life Member title.


Steve Lamacq
Steve has shown an unrivalled level of support for Student Radio over a number of years; promoting us to a huge national audience through his 6Music show. Steve has hosted, judged, and even been chair of the Student Radio Awards, and is always willing to bring his show live to the conference. There is no more suitable commendation that an Honorary Life Membership to recognise his passion for and dedication to Student Radio.

2010 Honorary Life Members


Neil Sloan
Neil is the SRA’s main contact with Radio 1 and always puts a large amount of his time into ensuring we always get the best names from Radio 1 at the awards. As well as ensuring all sponsors get the best deal out of the awards.


James Cridland
James is always willing to speak and contribute to our events and activities to help student radio with his vast technical experience and knowledge. His website, MediaUK, gives great exposure to student stations in a place recognised by a large proportion of the industry.


Helen Grimes
Helen has been co-ordinating the judging of the SRA award entries for the last couple of years. She always ensures we get the best judges and helps to form key contacts with new sponsors to make the ceremony a yearly success.

2009 Honorary Life Members


No members were selected for Honorary Life Membership.

2008 Honorary Life Members


Matt Deegan
A former Development Officer of the Student Radio Association, Matt has shown an ongoing dedication to the development of student radio. He has contributed his time and resources to coordinate the judging for the Student Radio Awards, and is often present at our events and conferences where he is a respected speaker on the subject of all things digital.


Chris North
Chris has shown great support for student radio over the years, taking an active interest in everything we do. He has played an integral role in the smooth organisation of the Student Radio Awards for a number of years and has given us access to the wide range of talent that he manages through Wise Buddah. To recognise Chris’ contribution in this way, really is the very least we could do.


Will Jackson
Whilst working for OfCom, Will provided invaluable advice and support to student radio stations, and also contributed his support to our conferences and events. He has been involved with the Association of Student Radio Alumni for many years, and continues to help the Student Radio Community in any way he can.


Neil Gardner
For a number of years, Neil has shown great commitment to student radio, and in particular, the Student Radio Awards, for which he previously played a part in coordinating the judging process. Whilst working at OfCom, he gave valuable advice and support to our stations, and made well-received appearances at our conferences and training events.