Maria Williams is an award-winning radio producer with over 20 years experience. Now also a podcast-maker and media trainer, she is the founder of 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 documentaries, and focused on film, working closely with Mark Kermode on Movie Update for Radio 1 and The Directors for Radio 2.
Leaving the BBC to become Head of Programmes at leading indie Wise Buddah, Maria ran many successful offers rounds, and oversaw everything from The Huey Show on BBC 6 Music, to Sugar Plum Story Time for CBeebies.
Now working as an Executive Radio Producer with independent production companies including Loftus, Testbed and Tonic, Maria manages projects for both the BBC and commercial clients. She is widely known for her bold approach to programme-making, her ability to lead creative teams, and her high production values. Maria recently worked on 90 By 90, a series of 90 short features to mark the 90th anniversary of the BBC, and oversaw Sport Relief 2014 across all BBC Radio, including Jo Whiley’s 26 hour marathon on BBC Radio 2.
Recently made a trustee of the Radio Academy, Maria is the founder of Sound Women - an organisation she set up to develop and celebrate women in radio. The group has gone from strength to strength in just three years, and has received widespread press and praise.