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Dave Horton Winner of the John Whitney Award
Alan Dedicote with BHBN's Lorraine Horton (r) & Emma Boydell & Partner (l)


The BHBN team (l-r) Dave Horton, Donna Joseph, Emma Boydell, Penny-Jane Bourne, Phillip Stoneman


Hospital Radio volunteers receive national recognition.

BHBN Hospital Radio is incredibly proud to announce Technical Director, Dave Horton, has received the prestigious John Witney Award for outstanding service to Hospital Radio.

Dave has been a member of The Network for over thirty-five years, and currently serves as The Network’s Technical Director and Vice Chairman. In his time, he has seen The Network move three times – from Edgbaston cricket ground, to City Hospital, and now the Queen Elizabeth Hospital – over that time, leading three complete studio rebuilds. In the past year, he built The Network’s first specialist editing studio, The Auriga Suite.

He was awarded the prize by Absolute Radio’s Content Director, Paul Sylvester, who started his career through hospital radio.

Dave, 63, from Northfield, said,

“I am so honoured to receive this award, the fact that it is nationally recognised and puts BHBN on the national hospital radio map makes it very special.”

“Whilst I was aware I had been entered, it was a total shock to actually win the award, because I am sure there are others in hospital radio who have been members longer than me, and who also have done some truly amazing things for their stations, too.”

“I must thank The Network’s former Honorary Secretary, Emma Boydell, who put together my testimonial.”

Nine members of The Network went to the awards evening on Saturday 24th March, including Emma Boydell, nominated for Best Female, and Penny-Jane Bourne and Phillip Stoneman, nominated and shortlisted respectively for Best Newcomer. The Network was also nominated for Best Event and Best Hospital Radio Station, the latter awarded to stations that showcase “the very best of hospital radio”.

Phillip Stoneman, 23, from Edgbaston, said:

It’s an honour to be recognised after nearly two years at the network. I’ve gone from helping out around the sports team to presenting, commentating,  co-editing its magazines and joining its Board of Directors. I love helping to provide a service for patients – and look forward to serving Birmingham’s hospitals in the years to come!

The Hospital Broadcasting Association’s Hospital Radio Awards were announced in Windsor, at a gala evening on Saturday 24th March. Judges included NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, health and media professionals from around the country, and HBA Patron, former member of BHBN and “Voice of The Balls” himself, Alan Dedicoat.


Philippa Clarkin joined BHBN in December 2017 as our roving reporter.

She gets to go out and about to meet interesting people and find out what they’re up to!
Philippa is a full time Mum to toddler twins, however before they came along she had a busy career in broadcasting and communications.

She started reading the news on Manchester’s Key 103 as well as covering breaking news and sport stories.  From there she moved in to television where she spent ten years working as a reporter and presenter for ITV.  She then became a communications adviser to government Ministers at the
Energy and Climate Change department before moving to the consumer organisation Which?. 

Over the course of her career, Philippa has interviewed some famous faces and big names including former US Vice President Al Gore, former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major and three of the Spice Girls (Posh and Scary have eluded her…so far!). 

Her claim to fame is that she was once in a pantomime with the singer Sam Smith!

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