Here's the great team of dedicated, enthusiastic people behind the voices on Brooklands Radio
Jim Allen became involved with hospital radio over 40 years ago, during which time he
interviewed many famous personalities. His special interest is in comedy, and he has met several
of his heroes over the years.
He is very much involved in the community of Byfleet, where he is the Chairman of Byfleet Heritage Society, and is keen to see the now-redundant fire station restored. He is a Team Leader at the volunteer-run Byfleet Community Library, a long-serving member of the Byfleet Players drama group, a past President of Woking Drama Association and one-time Chairman of the Surrey County Show. He is also actively involved in St Mary's Church, Byfleet.
His monthly programme, 'Mirth and Musicals', features the best of songs and tunes from the musicals, interspersed with comedy tracks ranging from old time music hall to present-day comedians.
Jill Bennett lives in West Horsley and she is married with 2 children, Harry and Felicity.
After a career in The Foreign and Commonwealth Office she now runs a business as an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International and is passionate about helping people realise there are many alternative ways to live your life - many of them much healthier!
She has recently started a blog about beautifully living, see more at: www.jillbennett.info/. She also helps those wishing to escape the rat race or just start their own business by showing them there is a better way. She loves keeping fit by walking her Shih Tzu Henry and going to the gym. Jill and her husband enjoy going to the theater and to comedy shows as there is nothing better to raise your vibrational level and make you feel good than a good laugh!
Jill joined Brooklands Radio in March 2016 and is really enjoying presenting her own show.
Alan Bosson grew up in the generation who listened to the pirates under the bedclothes and when
he was old enough even made the pilgrimmage to Radio Luxembourg who actually played his request.
He has a wide knowledge of music and really enjoys talking to anyone who will listen so what better to channel this than a radio show.
Alan joins us from Hospital Radio Lion where he presented shows for seven years. He currently presents a show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
When he is away from Brooklands Radio Alan enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family and walking Stevie his dog.
John Cull began his radio career on one of the legendary pirate stations of the Sixties, Radio 390,
housed on a fort in the Thames estuary. After the pirates were closed down he spent four years on
Radio KZ in Melbourne, where the late Alan Freeman began his career.
Returning to the UK, he presented on local hospital radio but took a day job with Qantas Airways. He was propelled into celebrity as the airline's Duty Airport Manager at Heathrow in the BBC's fly-on-the-wall docu-soap Airport from 2000 to 2003, still repeated regularly on digital channels.
John was brought up in Addlestone and went to St Paul's School. Now living in Sunbury, he has taken early retirement from Qantas and runs the TV and radio website www.waveguide.co.uk/.
Dan Curtis joined Brooklands Radio in March 2012 having come onto Graham Laycock's programme
to promote a show he was taking part in. Having always wanted to be a radio presenter, Dan leapt at the
chance to join the team and the rest as they say is geography! Dan lists his personal BR highlights so
far as broadcasting from under a holly bush in a torrential rainstorm to cover the Olympic torch's journey
through Egham and interviewing Chesney Hawkes!
In his life outside radio, Dan is a keen performer in local AmDram societies as well as playing guitar and singing in function bands – he's also available for hosting quizzes and comparing events!
Dan is a keen writer and is currently working on some books for children - of which he has four (children that is, not books!) He also can occasionally be found running around a hockey pitch or badminton court.
To find out more about Dan's Brooklands Radio show check out his Facebook page
Sara Emanuel has always had a passion for music and from an early age used to sit in front of Top
of The Pops every Saturday night. Pressing play and record on her cassette player, she insisted
her family was to make no sound so it didn't get picked up on her recording! After teenage years
spent reading Smash Hits magazine, making mix tapes and going to many many gigs his led to a career
in broadcasting including working as a music copyright manager for SKY.
More recently her creative pursuits have led to her becoming a photographer and running arts and crafts workshops for children. In her spare time Sara is an avid cook, baker and loves to discover new restaurants.
Having grown up in Walton and recently moved back to the area she discovered the sounds of Brooklands Radio and wanted to get involved and put her love of music to good use. She now has been well and truly bitten by the radio bug!
Her photographic work can be see at www.missemanuelphotography.com or follow her on twitter @missemanuel for daily rambles and photos.
Hugh Evans describes his presenting style as 'small town America meets Radio 4', partly because it was in the
USA that he began his radio career! After being introduced to the college radio scene in the Midwestern state of Ohio,
Hugh became hooked on radio broadcasting, becoming an FCC-licensed broadcaster in the USA before joining Brooklands Radio
in 2013. With experience in music and talk programming, Hugh plays classic rock hits late on Sunday evenings on
Brooklands Radio, but also brings the sounds of Radio 4 through his role as the station's Shipping Forecast announcer.
Hugh lives in Thames Ditton works in Local Government and holds a Theology degree. He is active in Politics and has stood in multiple elections - coming just 49 votes away from victory on his closest attempt - and occasionally does speaking events. He has a penchant for strange facts and stories and odd places which he sometimes talks about on the air.
Sharon Finch joined Brooklands Radio in 2014 and is a co-presenter on Just Women.
A former Civil Servant, she now spends her time writing children's fiction and teaching Creative Writing. She has just finished a nature based spy adventure story for 9-12 year olds, which is part of a trilogy and not for the squeamish – as the characters are pincer crushing insects!
Her other life involves boot camp, anything Swedish and helping to manage a girl's football team. She currently lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.
Michael Grinter's childhood memories of radio centre around Sunday lunchtimes at home in Aberdare
in South Wales when he recorded the BBC's Two-Way Family Favourites on a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
He insisted his parents talked in whispers and he leapt up to press 'pause' during chat between
records. When played back, the music was accompanied by low whispers and clinking cutlery.
When Michael came to Surrey in 1966 to teach at Sheen Grammar School, in Richmond, he became a fan of Radio Caroline and, as he grew older, Terry Wogan.
Now retired from a long career in education in the public and private sectors, he has trained as an actor, formed his own singing act, The Song Pedlars, and completed the circle back to his early interest in broadcasting by joining Brooklands Radio.
Mike Gurr, Brooklands Radio's Sales & Marketing Director, came into radio by chance when his wife
Gill was in hospital to have the first of their two sons 25 years ago and a hospital radio volunteer
offered to play a request for him. Mike joined the station and became a star presenter.
After leaving school, Mike joined the Air Training Corps and rose to Corporal Lead Drummer. But the world of music lost its budding star because he entered the motor industry as an apprentice. He has worked with top marques including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes Benz and Jaguar and today is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.
Mike, who was was born and brought up in Worthing, West Sussex, has lived in Knaphill, Woking, for 26 years. His interests include radio-controlled model aircraft and motor-cycling.
Dan Henderson's background is in the sporting world and having played and coached tennis as well as taken a huge interest in
an eclectic field of sports he now is a sporting expert in the media world. He started on his media journey in 2014
and quickly picked up a sports show on TV as well as his Monday and Wednesday evening shows on Brooklands Radio.
As a sports expert Dan loves to delve into the emotional and psychological areas of sport as well as covering the tactical and physical fields when interviewing sports men and women.
Dan is always looking to develop "Sports on Brooklands Radio" and would love to hear from anyone who plays, watches, coaches or teaches sport in Surrey.
You can find more about Dan's media career through his website www.danielhenderson.org.uk as well as follow him on Twitter @hendo_daniel
Suzanne Hunter's determination to become an actress was fired as a schoolgirl when she appeared in
a play at the Leatherhead Theatre. She went on to train at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting
and has worked on the West End stage, in theatres across the UK, films, TV and professional radio.
She is a member of BAFTA in recognition of her passion for the film and broadcasting industry and is now writing a play. Suzanne is a qualified sword fighter and loves tennis, rollerblading and dance. Suzanne was born in Hertfordshire but subsequently moved to Surrey and now lives in Weybridge.
Since 2010 Suzanne has created, presented and produced day time shows as well as her specialist shows for Brooklands Radio called Suzanne Hunters World of Arts and Entertainment and Hunters Hollywood Hits and Brit Flicks film music show both of which can be heard Thursdays 9pm repeated Saturdays 7pm and Sunday 2am.
Suzanne finds it a joy to personally invite onto her shows globally known stars of the stage, screen and music world. to hear any of these interviews 24/7 just click on the link www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/worldofarts.html and click on a picture of a guest.
Trevor James joined Brooklands Radio in 2012 after many years away from the music business.
He grew up in Hounslow West London and first got involved in DJ'ing at school by building a twin turntable deck and borrowing an Amplifier and speakers to put on the end of term disco.
Trevor ran a Mobile Roadshow for some time before applying to Pantiles Night Club in Bagshot Surrey as a DJ. He went for an audition and got the job working as the resident DJ there four nights a week along with Guest DJ spots at other clubs. During the day he started as a Telecoms engineer with BT before becoming an electrical/electronic engineer with the BAA at Heathrow. After ten years at Pantiles he left there and the BAA to concentrate on his new business Peak Performance Cars which he successfully ran for over 20 years.
Now with more time on his hands he's returned to presenting at Brooklands Radio, utilising his knowledge of all music genres and his considerable collection of songs across the decades to date.
Dave Jemitus spent twenty odd years in corporate IT before deciding to work for himself as an IT consultant and
to spend time on a variety of projects and causes, including the League of Friends of Walton Hospital.
Dave joined Brooklands Radio to rebuild the website (done sucessfully) and then became hooked on broadcasting and the Brooklands Radio spirit of doing the best you can for everyone who listens.
Dave is also webmaster for Brooklands Radio and currently developing a website Fightback Online
Dave lives in Walton-on-Thames with his wife Danielle and son Neil.
Dave's business website is at www.davidjemitus.com and his personal website at www.davidjemitus.name
Stephen Liddle Stephen has always loved entertaining and radio.
He spent hours playing DJ as a child and performing in plays throughout the years.
His true love has always been the sound of his own voice, and after his early career in politics
required him to actually know stuff, he returned to his dream of talking between records
Oliver Lodge is a radio presenting virgin with no experience in broadcasting whatsoever,
however, he is very passionate about music having begun his concert attending and record buying at
the tender age of 9 courtesy of an older brother. He has been collecting vinyl since then and now
has an extensive collection with a keen knowledge of rock through the seventies to the present day.
After an extensive career as a Futures Broker in the financial industry, Oliver now spends his time helping develop his wife's local hair and beauty business Hair Mekanix Limited (www.hairmekanix.co.uk) and has come to Brooklands Radio to find a new outlet for his musical passion. Perhaps one day developing a rock show for Brooklands Radio?
Oliver grew up in Hersham and attended Woking Grammar School for Boys and has lived in the area since he was 7 years old. As well as music and finance Oliver's interests include motorcycling and he would consider himself a so called petrol head.
Olivia Lynch first got involved in radio in her second year at the University of Warwick, becoming the station's Head of Music
just a few months later.
At University she started off presenting her own 80s music show and went on to present various other specialist music shows - often focusing on new and emerging artists. After graduating in 2015 she missed doing radio and is happy to be back on air presenting her own show on Brooklands Radio on Sunday mornings. When she's not working or presenting on Brooklands, Olivia is usually scouting out new music discoveries, going to gigs and writing about it on her music blog 'Pretty In Sync' (prettyinsync.wordpress.com).
Dani Maimone has always had an interest in broadcasting and joined Brooklands Radio after bringing
someone to be interviewed by the lovely Dan Curtis (see above), and now presents her own daytime
show on Thursdays. A keen Rotarian who writes about Surrey charities, Dani loves giving them a
voice on Brooklands Radio and, with a degree in zoology, she is also passionate about wildlife
conservation. She will produce a monthly feature with Surrey Wildlife Trust called "A Walk On The
Wild Side" which will air on the first Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 2pm. It will feature
wildlife experts, events, volunteers and the many wonderful locations around the county managed by
A former professional hot air balloon pilot, Dani now works as a freelance writer, photographer and PR consultant - and still flies balloons for fun! She has an eclectic taste in music from the 60's to the present day and you can follow Dani on twitter @MamaBalloon and see her photography at www.danipics.com.
Jackie Mitchell entered broadcasting via a hospital station in Tooting. Later she worked as a
reporter and newsreader on two Hong Kong radio stations, but was turned for a radio job in
Australia because her English accent was considered a problem.
With a background in journalism, Jackie began her career on the Surrey Advertiser. After stints on newspapers and magazines here and overseas she moved into business publications and now runs her own PR and writing consultancy (more information at www.jackiem.com.
Jackie, who co-presents Brooklands Radio's Just Women talk show and the monthly Surrey Business Affairs. She grew up in Wimbledon and West Byfleet, went to Woking Grammar School for Girls and now lives in Claygate. Among her claims to fame, at age 10 she was the voice of Floppy Tail Bunny on a children's CD.
Alex Nairn's first experience of broadcasting was over 20 years ago on a hospital radio station in
Scotland. A change of career direction meant he had to leave it too soon but always knew he would return someday.
Alex has lived in Horsell for 26 years and whilst being a proud Scot he cannot ever see himself leaving Surrey. "It is a lovely county and of course the weather is much better".
For as long as he can remember every type of music has been a consistent part of his life. Ten years ago he went to Nashville Tennessee and the history and the honesty of Country music impacted on him immensely. Since then he has visited several times and has been known to go all over the world to see his favourite country stars.
As well as presenting some of Brookland's daytime programming Alex will present a show entirely dedicated to Country music on Monday evenings.
Mumtaz O'Brien presented her first radio shows from 2010 to 2014 on a community radio station in Cheshire,
before joining the team at Brooklands Radio in February 2017. She was brought up in Cheshire, where she was born
and lived for many years, before moving to Surrey in 2014, where she now lives with her husband and her 2 children.
If you want to listen to a radio show that gives you a mix of current and old chart hits, lots of chat and exploration of topics that will uplift you, then tune in to Mumtaz. She shares stories on air that are shamelessly happy, outrageously positive, or just downright inspirational!
Claire O'Shea is a Weybridge girl through and through, spending all of her 24 years living here.
Theatre and Performance graduate and full-time Television Researcher, she has been working on entertainment programmes
ranging from Big Brother to Strictly Come Dancing for the past two years. With any spare time she has, she's been
practicing her skills in front of the camera on her own YouTube channel, HEY O'Shea as well as writing her own blog.
Although Claire is fairly new to radio presenting, she is obsessed with music and most of her summers are spent at music festivals abroad and across the UK.
She is keen to learn more about radio and just loves a good chin wag.
Barry Richards has broadcasting in his blood - his father was Sound Director at ATV and he had uncles
working at ITN and Thames TV. In his teens he joined a Surrey hospital radio service and moved on to
host a chat show on London News Talk with Adrian Just. He has also done voice-over work on radio and
In his day job Barry is HR Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa with international advertising agency McCann-Erickson, whose clients include such household names as Mastercard, Microsoft and Nestle - making him ideally qualified as both Advertising & Promotions Director and HR Director with Brooklands Radio.
Barry grew up in Weybridge, went to Fulbrook School in New Haw, and now lives in Woodham with his wife and two children.
Jim Richman is a former disc jockey on Radio Caroline, with a wealth of experience.
After leaving Caroline in 1966, He aquired a residency at the Marquee club in Wardor Street,London, gaining a three year
contract. After leaving the Marquee he went on the road and went self-employed as a DJ. In 1977 he went into radio
again with the Guildford Hospital Radio Station, Radio Lion which has now closed down in April 2014. Jim was with
them right up to their close down date. He also worked for Radio Jackie 1984-85 Hayes FM then once again was asked
back to Radio Caroline 2005-2009, Jim is now freelance and with Brooklands Radio.
I like working in radio because it's what I do best, and hopefully the listener does too:
Brooklands Radio is new and exciting and has great potential, the people who work in it are from various backgrounds and they all have something to offer. Brooklands Radio has given the chance to people who have never been on radio before and with their input it makes Brooklands sound great. It's radio that other stations do not offer.
In my shows I try to achieve originality, to do my best and help others on the station who have not been lucky enough to have the opportunities that I have had.
Summing up, Brooklands Radio, offers something different it has a local theme which is so important to the people of Surrey. May Brooklands, grow from strength to strength and with the people we have involved I see no reason why it can't.
Felix Riley has been in radio on and off for over two decades. Starting as a writer on Radio 4 for various
comedy shows he moved on to join the team on Zoe Ball's Radio 1 Breakfast Show. However, with The Blues Hour he
finally gets behind the microphone himself as he shares his passion for the blues.
During the day-time Felix can be found behind a typewriter pounding out novels. A job he loves because "I get to listen to the blues". When not writing he can be found walking his dog around the village of Claygate where he has lived since 2000.
Nigel Scott was introduced to Brooklands Radio in 2014 by Michael Grinter.
He had been told at work that he had a voice (or was it a face) for radio, and had harboured the ambition of trying that out.
Following an enjoyable stint as a regular on Michaels show: doing the weather, travel and local news, and chatting with
Michael about music, life and the universe (well, the first two anyway), he took on an afternoon music show.
In his teens Nigel had built a large collection of vinyl Singles and LPs and is now enjoying revising memories when selecting tracks to play on his show from before he was born to the present day.
Nigel and his "better half" Sue have lived in the area since they were 7 years old. Their children flew the nest several years ago but live close by, enabling regular visits - and baby-sitting of the grandchildren.
After a long career in BT, Nigel now has more time to indulge in a few sports (5 a side football and Bowls). He and Sue also do Ballroom Dancing (with medals to prove it), and Geocaching - not forgetting the Elmbridge choir, which is where they met Michael.
Jenny Sohl, who joined the Classical Collection team in February 2012, was a newcomer to radio, although
she has always been interested in the backroom aspects of broadcasting, film and television. She was invited
to join the team after being a guest on The Classical Collection in 2011 and now presents two shows a month.
Jenny is a huge Beethoven fan and also loves Brahms, Rachmaninov and Sibelius, as well as Early Music.
Jenny is deeply involved in Classical Music, having learned the violin from the age of four and currently plays regularly for several orchestral groups. She lives in Woking with her husband and together they own and run The Sports Village (www.thesportsvillage.org.uk), located in Sutton, Surrey. Jenny has 3 children; a boy (an ex-professional tennis player) and twin girls, one of whom is a professional Rock singer. Her other interests include historical costume, films and writing poetry.
Alan Timbrell, Chairman of Brooklands Radio, had the idea for the station in 2004 and has worked towards
making it a full-time community radio service since then.
His love of radio was fired by the off-shore pirates of the Sixties. At age 16 he and a friend founded a hospital radio service at Weybridge that survives today. Alan believes that radio today could be much more enjoyable, entertaining, and distinctive. He feels that presenters should have more say in content and encouraged to try out their own ideas so that their programmes reflect their personalities.
Alan likes meeting people and hearing their stories; most of which are fascinating. He is now retired and has two daughters and a grandson and is often called to baby sit, which he doesn't mind at all as it helps to keep him fit
Anne Twist is part of the Just Women team and joined the show in 2014.
Anne grew up in High Wycombe and now lives in Farnham with her husband and 2 teenagers. Having studied French, Spanish & German at university she had the aim of travelling the world. Previously a fashion buyer for the Arcadia Group she got to travel the world but rarely had a chance to use her languages. Anne now does product development for retail groups and brands importing from China and Hong Kong, and can usually be found at her desk using her favourite design software.
Anne loves meeting new people, and is quite inquisitive by nature, so working on Just Women suits her down to the ground, plus she loves the multi-tasking challenge of running the sound desk while chatting with the guests. When not on the radio or working Anne enjoys brushing up on her Spanish, playing tennis and doing Zumba, but not all at the same time!
Michael Weldon ran his own mobile discotheque in and around London during the 60's and 70's.
This was an explosive time for music and I loved the opportunity of buying the latest vinyl records
both 45's and LP's and playing them to an audience.
Moving forward several decades I learned that Brooklands Radio were looking for radio announcers and I jumped at this opportunity. I love all sorts of music and am able to play tracks that I personally select and love. I have my own show every Thursday from 4 until 7pm. Really Looking forward to you joining me on my programme for the best tracks around!!
Trevor Wilson, grow up in Essex in the home town of the 'Only way is Essex' (Brentwood).
So he is the station Essex boy!. Radio wise Trevor has been in the environment for many years work with
Hopsital radio services in Romford and Chelmsford. When work transfered him to Hamsphire, got involved in
local radio working on Skyline 102.5 and some relief work for BBC radio Solent.
At Brooklands radio he is currently to be heard every other weekend on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Trevor lives with wife and son in Addlestone, but doesnt have any pets!
Richard Woods, is an entrepreneur, speaker and author based in Surrey. He has a serious obsession
for Entrepreneurship, Design and Digital Marketing. He came third in BBC1's The Apprentice in 2015 and joined
Brooklands Radio following regular interviews during The Apprentice series.
He thinks of entrepreneurship as a sport which if you train hard at and have some natural talent for, with enough blood sweat and tears it will pay off. He owns and runs Yomp Marketing along with his brother Tim.
Richard lives in Windlesham with his wife Cara and their two children, son Mylo and daughter Poppy.