Paul Simpson: Chair
Paul is a former head of PR at BBC Radio 1. In a PR career that also had time spent in politics, he also had clients which included Kiss FM, music recognition app Shazam, and broadcasters Nicky Campbell and Mark Goodier. More recently, he was a senior lecturer in public relations at the University of Greenwich, and the University of the Arts, London. He loves listening to the radio, and when a neurological condition forced him to retire early, he was excited when he had the time to come up with the germ of the idea for this project – and even more excited when the Maltings wanted to collaborate on it. Paul lives in Yateley, and was born in Farnham.
Tom Garrett: Vice Chair
Tom is an award winning filmmaker who studies film production and screen-writing at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, and was founder of the ‘Braid of Voices’ podcasting society there in 2016. Tom lives in Aldershot. As Vice Chair, he is responsible for creative direction, training, and supporting the chair.
Jorge Latter: Production Manager
Jorge is the youngest member of our executive team at 20 years old. A film student at the University for the Creative Arts, Jorge has already built a background in broadcasting and videography over the past four years, having worked with Ted Talks and many other productions. When not at Sound Vault Jorge works in child care. Jorge is always open to discussion on anything, if you have any problem, he will help you out.
Sophie Chalk: Executive Member
Sophie has worked in broadcasting policy since 2006. She is Director of Advocacy for the International Broadcasting Trust and following a number of years as a Trustee of VLV, now works for the organisation as Head of Policy. Prior to working in policy, Sophie worked for 17 years as a producer/director and reporter in television and radio. Credits include BBC World Service and Radio 4, TV-am, GTMV, Sky News, Yorkshire Television, Jazz FM. In 1998 she set up the independent production company, Rooftop Productions, to specialise in making popular programmes about the developing world. Credits include commissions from the BBC and BAFTA-nominated Rooted for Five. She lives locally in Badshot Lea.
Cait Robinson: Executive Producer (Music)
Cait is an animator with a great love for art, music and storytelling. ”I’ve always felt as though music provided an escape, a means to voice my thoughts and render them tangible, in addition to being a way of connecting and empathising with others. The Maltings Sound Vault will be an excellent platform to do so, not only for myself but also for the listeners and people out there waiting for their voice to be heard,” she explains. She is a particular fan of lo-fi music, and her passion for new music has led her to releasing her own music under the name, ‘Glimmer Shins‘. Working with Darren, she will take responsibility for curating and creating our specialist music shows.
Opkar Hans: Executive Member
By day, Opkar has an I.T./technical support role at the University of Southampton. By night, he is a musician/singer/songwriter who runs his own band, Kinesis4. His over- riding passion for live music, his I.T. background, and his zen-like ability to command a radiant calm made him a natural for the executive. Opkar has a roving brief on the executive, championing the voice of volunteers on the project, and keeping an ear open for potential new directions for programming content.
Nikki Gilbert: Executive Producer (Development)
Nikki has spent most of her working life in the telecommunications and travel sectors. Back in her student days she enjoyed news reading at university and spent a year in Quebec where she did voluntary work as a bilingual DJ. She is looking forward to promoting Maltings Sound Vault within the local community. ‘This is one of the most exciting new projects I have seen locally. It will benefit people of all ages, whether as potential broadcasters or as listeners’. She is responsible for local community development, and building local partnerships. Nikki lives in Farnham.
Darren Mooney: Executive Producer (Music)
Darren has been listening to pop music since the early 80s and has always been drawn to music that sits outside the mainstream from experimental electronic music, jangly 80s indie pop, Italian horror soundtracks, German prog rock, Brazilian psychedelia, Nordic house music, 60s French Pop, Northern Soul, Post Punk, Folk, Reggae, one hit wonders and many more.
He is married to Cheryl, they have a son Tommy and have lived in Farnham since 2002. He wants to share his passion for music with the local community and to help develop this new cultural resource. In his spare time, he likes to watch repeats of Top of the Pops on BBC Four.
Garry Green: Executive Producer (Maltings+)
Garry has extensive experience at the BBC. He produced for a number of years at BBC Southern Counties Radio (now BBC Surrey); worked as a Broadcast Journalist with BBC Radio Solent; trained staff and others with the BBC Academy; performed as a Tour Guide at many of the BBC’s prestigious HQ buildings; and acted for BBC Radio Drama (where he also worked within production for a time). Elsewhere, he has presented programmes for Garrison Radio; and news for Delta Radio – also writing for its sister newspaper, the Surrey and Hants News. He’s lectured in media; and has starred in several stage productions – including the UK theatre of ‘Brum’. Garry will be working with our enthusiastic team of volunteers to create magical audio content from the rich performance programme of the Farnham Maltings itself. He has lived in Farnham for 14 years.
Nick Langhorne: Executive Adviser
Nick is an experienced solicitor – he currently works for Sony Europe as Senior Counsel and Company Secretary – previously he spent 7 years working for The Football Association. Nick’s music preferences are varied and include heavy rock, country crossover and cheesy pop. He will (hopefully) be helping the Executive stay out of trouble and looks forward to helping create a great community resource. Nick lives in Farnham with his young family.
Karen Alford: Newsletter Editor
Karen has been a magazine journalist for more than 25 years and has edited six magazines. She began her career in the business press before moving to Hong Kong. There she worked on the region’s leading lifestyle title for American Express Card members and later on a pan-Asian music and film magazine. For the past 18 years she has been freelance, working as a writer, editor and trainer for companies including Telegraph Media, BBC Magazines, Novartis and William Hill plc. She holds the internationally recognised Certificate in Training Practice from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Karen lives in Farnham with her family.
* We’d like to thank Rhianne Hill for all her work with Sound Vault on the network’s brand identity prior to launch. Her creative eye has helped ensure we look as good as we sound.