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 also 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.
Now Head of Development at Loftus Media, and an independent Executive Producer, Maria manages projects for the BBC and commercial clients.
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, Maggie’s Podcast for a leading cancer charity, and downloads for The Barbican to accompany their Eames and Strange & Familiar exhibitions
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 on how to pitch ideas.
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 over five years, receiving widespread press and praise, and achieving real change in the industry.
In 2014 Maria was awarded a Radio Academy fellowship, the highest honour the Radio Academy can bestow.