Maria Williams is an award-winning executive radio producer, podcast-maker and media trainer. She is also the founder of the industry’s leading group for women in audio and radio, Sound Women.
Maria spent much of her radio career at the BBC, where she specialised in speech and music. As an Executive Producer at BBC Radio 4, she created and launched Saturday Live with Fi Glover, winning a Sony Gold Award for ‘Best Speech Programme’ in 2008. As Deputy Editor of Woman’s Hour, Maria oversaw everything from the Tory leadership debate, to an interview with Lauren Bacall.
At BBC Radio 1, she oversaw the network’s social action content, such as the Sunday Surgery. She commissioned and produced music documentaries, and focused on film, working closely with Mark Kermode on Movie Update for Radio 1 and The Directors for Radio 2.
As Head of Programmes at leading indie Wise Buddah, Maria had editorial responsibility for everything from The Huey Show on BBC 6 Music, to Sugar Plum Story Time on CBeebies, and ran many successful offers rounds.
She is widely known for her ability to lead creative teams, and her high production values. Recent big projects include 90 By 90, a series of 90 short features to mark the 90th anniversary of the BBC; Sport Relief 2014 including Jo Whiley’s 26 hour marathon; and Comic Relief 2015, where Dermot’s Day of Dance was broadcast live for 24 hours on BBC Radio and Red Button.
Maria is also increasingly making podcasts, including the 52 part series Radio 4 on Music, a special Summer science exhibition podcast with the Royal Society, and a podcast for The Barbican to accompany their Eames exhibition.
Regularly delivering radio training for the BBC Academy, and media training for commercial clients, she spent a year as Bournemouth University Media School’s radio practitioner, and presented a Guardian Masterclass.
Maria is proud to be the founder of Sound Women – an organisation she set up to develop and celebrate women in radio. This influential group has gone from strength to strength in just three years, and has received widespread press and praise.
In 2014 Maria was awarded a Radio Academy fellowship, the highest honour the Radio Academy can bestow.