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.

Career

1999-Present
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 (http://www.radioregen.org) 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 (http://www.communityradiotoolkit.net). 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.

2008
Fellow, RSA

2008-Present
Member, Sony Awards Committee

2008
Member, Expert Panel, Community Engagement White Paper, a group chaired by Rt. Hon Hazel Blears MP at DCLG.

2007
Founder member and Chair, 100 Months Club - a Board-level network for Greater Manchester on inspiring innovative action on climate change.

2007-Present
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.

2003-Present
Member of National Industry Group, Radio Skills & Development Forum

2002-2007
Member of Council, Community Media Association

1994-1999
Lead Partner and Founder, Peterloo Productions. Independent radio production company: BBC, public, private and voluntary sector clients.

1992-1994
Freelance Radio Producer/Presenter, BBC Network and local radio. Sony short-listee for Radio 1 documentary on copyright.

1990-1992
Lifecycle tandem ride. 14,000 mile tandem ride from Sydney to Manchester raising funds for rainforest conservation and shooting documentary for BBC2.

1985-1990
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.

1984-1985
Editor, Manchester Polytechnic newspaper 'PULP'. Winner, Guardian Best Student Newspaper 1985.

Department

Social Change Research Centre

Email: phil@radioregen.org