Phil Riley – Chief Executive, Chrysalis Radio

Phil has an outstanding record of commercial radio management since joining BRMB in 1980 as a graduate trainee. Phil has extensive programming experience gained from his roles as a Presenter, Producer, and Programme Controller with Midlands Radio. Phil was responsible, as Programme Controller, for the successful launch of XTRA-AM in 1989 in Birmingham.

As Managing Director of Radio Aire from 1990 to 1994, he successfully turned round the Leeds station from near bankruptcy to healthy profitability; he was also responsible for the highly successful launch of Radio Aire’s Magic 828 service. As Managing Director/Launch Director, Phil masterminded the launch and start-up operational phase of both 100.7 Heart fm in the West Midlands and Heart 106.2 in London. He has played a major role in establishing Chrysalis Radio as one of the leading new entrants in the UK radio industry, and was promoted to the role of Chief Executive in June 1999.

Phil is also active in the development of digital radio. He is Chairman of the MXR multiplex company, along with digital news provider, DNN. In addition, Phil also sits on the board of the Digital Radio Development Bureau (DRDB).

On a wider industry level, Phil has held full board membership of the CRCA for over 10 years, and he is currently Chairman of the Radio Festival Committee. He also sits on the Board of the RAB and RAJAR. Phil has an MBA (specialising in Marketing) from Columbia Business School.

Phil is married with three children (who take up most of his spare time)! However, when he can escape, he likes to keep fit and has competed in a number of triathlons over the past two years.