Mr Phil KorbelHonorary Research Fellow

Phil Korbel has lived, studied and worked in the North West since 1981 when he arrived at Manchester Polytechnic to study law. Since then he has forged a successful career as a social enterprise leader, innovator and broadcaster - mixing national level policy work with regional networking and practical innovation in some of the country's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Phil's experience in broadcasting, community-led regeneration and his commitment to sustainable development place him in a unique nexus of the third sector and creative industries. Determined to place the region at the forefront of effective innovation and growth, he believes that this must be achieved with the inclusion of the most marginalised parts of the North West - without this such success is unlikely to be achieved or be properly sustainable. His current forward project is leading a consortium on a three-million pound NWDA development project to create a community media centre of excellence at MediaCityUK.


Co-Founder and Director, Radio Regen. Specialising in strategic development and resource procurement. Key partner and Board relations vital to role. Radio Regen won a Cultural Consortium 'Star Turn' award in 2003 and a Big Difference award in 2004.

Radio Regen is a Manchester-based charity ( that leads the country in community radio development. Its annual turnover of around half-a-million pounds has been secured from public, charitable and private sector sources and projects have been delivered for local (LA), regional (RDA), national (HO, DEFRA & DCMS and EU (ESF & ERDF) funders. Phil was in the forefront of the lobby to create legislation for community radio and Radio Regen's track record of success in the sector was recognised by a commission from DCMS to create the Community Radio Toolkit - now a very successful online community ( The charity's current work is focussed on exporting its expertise to the broader field of digital media production.

Radio and other media are used by the charity as tools to unlock transferable workplace skills, deliver information that improves communities and improves the dialogue between the public and key public agencies. Training is central to this task.

Fellow, RSA

Member, Sony Awards Committee

Member, Expert Panel, Community Engagement White Paper, a group chaired by Rt. Hon Hazel Blears MP at DCLG.

Founder member and Chair, 100 Months Club - a Board-level network for Greater Manchester on inspiring innovative action on climate change.

Member, Manchester Board. The strategy and scrutiny committee of the Local Strategic Partnership, chaired by Sir Richard Leese. Phil's role is to ensure that the role of the voluntary and community sector is fully recognised in the city strategy and its negotiations with central government through the LAA. He also advocates for the role of culture in promoting cohesion.

Member of National Industry Group, Radio Skills & Development Forum

Member of Council, Community Media Association

Lead Partner and Founder, Peterloo Productions. Independent radio production company: BBC, public, private and voluntary sector clients.

Freelance Radio Producer/Presenter, BBC Network and local radio. Sony short-listee for Radio 1 documentary on copyright.

Lifecycle tandem ride. 14,000 mile tandem ride from Sydney to Manchester raising funds for rainforest conservation and shooting documentary for BBC2.

Freelance Radio Producer/Presenter, BBC Network and local radio. Sony short-listee for Radio 4 documentary on the music of Zimbabwe. Founder/presenter of Meltdown on BBC Greater Manchester Radio - pioneers of the 'Madchester' scene, playing the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets, long before the rest the radio world.

Editor, Manchester Polytechnic newspaper 'PULP'. Winner, Guardian Best Student Newspaper 1985.


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