Leona Fensome

Journalist, radio producer, and researcher in the United Kingdom

Leona Fensome

Journalist, radio producer, and researcher in the United Kingdom

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As an independent audio production company, I produce audio in collaboration with indies across radio programmes, podcasts, oral histories and community radio. Recently, my aim has been to reimagine community engagement with local and national history in an impactful way. I’m involved with the Modus Arts national oral history project 'Tape Letters', to create a six-part radio series through a recent successful bid to the Audio Content Fund, I'm also currently collecting oral histories for Communicating Connections, to share the heritage of the Marconi Company’s wireless world. And, locally, I've forged partnerships with Hertfordshire archives, St Albans Museums, and arts organisations to create an oral history initiative focused on increasing local stories.

Over the last decade as an audio producer, features journalist and oral historian, I have worked in both Australia and the UK in:

• long-form journalism across print, women’s consumer magazines, music & entertainment websites,
• magazine format radio in BBC Radio 2 and 4 (speech and factual programming),
• community radio programming,
• ghost-writing biographies and collaborating with authors on chapters
• creating podcast series, and
• training volunteers in community radio

While my expertise lies in current affairs, culture, and community, I have always been fuelled by a belief that a model of co-production is crucial in providing space for unheard stories.

Organisations have sought my change management, project and operations skill in developing strategies to bolster their work in a sustainable way. I'm adept at working with diverse groups of employees, volunteers, stakeholders, senior management, and execs to deliver much-needed workflow processes, outcomes and ensure reciprocity and collaboration lies at the heart of an organisations remit.

I have a deep understanding of different industry needs having worked in senior management or consultancy roles for startups, SMEs, local and federal government (Australia), national and international media companies, arts & culture, and the third sector. And, as a member of the AudioUK board, I work as a collective and in small advisory groups to improve access to legal resources, training and better equip both indie and freelancer needs.

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Communications (Honours)
    • Advanced Diploma in Business
    • Point Blank Music College