Dr Tony Stoller CBE was Chief Executive of the Radio Authority, the regulator for all non-BBC radio, from 1995 to 2003, and helped to set up Ofcom. Before that he was a principal director of the John Lewis Partnership as Managing Director of Tyrrell and Green in Southampton. He had been previously Managing Director of Radio 210, the smallest of the first tranche of Independent Local Radio stations, from 1981 to 1984.
Tony is at present Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University, [Editor of the Friends Quarterly] and Chair of Orchestras Live, a national, partly Arts Council-funded body which seeks to ensure the availability of high quality orchestral music in parts of England which are at present under served, and for communities who may currently feel excluded. Until October he was Chair of Winchester Action on Climate Change. His new book, Classical Music Radio in the UK 1945 to 1995, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2018; his definitive history of Independent Radio in the UK, Sounds of Your Life, was published by John Libbey in 2010. He has recently completed a dozen years as Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the leading independent social and policy research organisation; and of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, which operates social housing and care services in the north-east of England.