Phil Maguire

Chief Executive, Prison Radio Association


Phil worked in the fields of social work and education before following his passion for radio. After gaining an MA in Broadcast Journalism he went on to work as a radio producer and project manager for the BBC.

In 2006 Phil became the founding Chief Executive of the PRA – a national, award-winning charity that uses radio to support prisoner rehabilitation. He developed the idea for, and subsequently launched, National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for prisoners.

He also runs PRA Productions, an independent production company that creates radio and film for a range of organisations, including the BBC.

Phil and his team are the proud winners of ten Sony Radio Academy Awards and two Radio Academy ‘Station of the Year’ Awards.

In 2016 the PRA celebrated its 10th anniversary, and was named Charity of the Year at Third Sector Excellence Awards. Last year Phil also picked up a Gold New York International Radio Award and the coveted ‘Audio Stories’ Rose d’Or, for a programme he made for BBC Radio 4.

Phil sits on the board of Manchester’s Reform Radio and on the committee of the Radio Academy’s North West Branch. He’s a trustee of the Charles Parker Archive Trust and a judge of the British Podcast Awards.

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