The Charles Parker Trust sends its heartiest congratulations to its Trustee Phil Maguire, who has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘Services to Radio Production and Prison Radio’.
Phil is the founding Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association. In 2006 he left the BBC to become the PRA’s first employee. Phil understood radio could make a difference to this hardest-to-reach of audiences. His passion for social justice, his background in a social work setting, and his unbridled passion for radio gave him the confidence that the medium had the power to support, inform and inspire people who desperately wanted their lives to change. And in 2009 the PRA truly arrived onto the radio scene, scooping four Sony Radio Academy Awards and stealing the night’s headlines. Phil’s award is highly deserved.