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The team

Research Podcasts is run by former BBC journalist and research communications specialist Chris Garrington. She works with a team of associates including highly experienced broadcasters, journalists, editors, marketing, communications and web design experts.

Chris Garrington, Director Research PodcastsChris Garrington trained as a newspaper journalist before working for the BBC for 12 years. Much of that time she worked as a Programme Editor for BBC Radio Five Live. She went on to run a successful public relations and media training company and now specialises in developing communications and creating impact for researchers and research centres.



Polly Trenow is a writer, researcher and educator with a particular interest in social and economic policy and gender. She has worked in the community and voluntary sector since 2006 in policy and campaigns and also currently works with schools and universities as an educator on gender equality. She is taking a lead on developing a podcast series for the LSE Gender Institute and undertakes freelance editing.


Tim FentonTim Fenton is a freelance journalist, broadcaster, consultant and educator. Among recent projects has been the development and delivery of training for parliamentary reporters in emerging democracies. This has led him into research and writing on the way the news media can strengthen or undermine elected assemblies. His most recent consultancy role was with the University of Essex.


Fran Abrams is an investigative jfran_abramsournalist currently presenting BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme. Previously she worked as a journalist for a number of broadsheet newspapers, including The Independent, where was the Westminster correspondent. Fran brings a wealth of understanding of the links between academic research and policy making and worked with Rachael to launch Society Central in 2012. She carries out interviews for Research Podcasts.

paul_grovesPaul Groves is a highly experienced web developer, designer and content strategist. He is responsible for the front end design and presentation of the ISER and Understanding Society Podcast Series and is available to advise clients on how best to manage the uploading to and presentation of podcasts on their own and external websites/feeds.


Phil Brighty, Associate Research PodcastsPhil Brighty has more than 30 years’ experience in the education sector, having worked as a teacher in the UK, Sri Lanka and China. He now researches and writes articles for a range of education magazines and websites. He leads on the development of educational podcasts for schools and provides administrative and research support.


Rachael Glendinning, Associate Research Podcasts

Rachael Glendinning is an experienced communications and marketing professional who has worked in local government and higher education for ten years. She now works as a freelance copy writer to help communicate information in a clear and consistent way. She brings a range of skills to the team, including web content writing, audio editing and market research.


alice_brightyAlice Brighty is a  secondary school teacher who acts as an adviser on creating engaging educational podcasts for students. She has experience in editing and producing podcasts and is working with Research Podcasts on ideas for a podcast series for GCSE students.



luke_williamsLuke Williams is a dubbing mixer at Onedub working for a range of broadcasters and web content providers, having previously been at the BBC for 18 years. He provides audio post-production services including mixing, editing and restoration.