DANIEL LAWRENCE, BCAc
Danny left school with no formal qualifications and started his career working at the local hospital as a radio presenter. He has continued working in radio ever since, for the past 15 years concentrating on community radio.
In 2006 he was awarded a community radio license in Kent and a year later joined Gateway 97.8 in Essex, where he is still Station Director. Danny now uses his expertise to offer training to young people with special needs and challenging children. Danny set up a media college where local people and children can gain accredited qualifications. In 2013 he became Deputy Mayor of Basildon, but still volunteers as the Director of Community Media Association, a national company that looks after the welfare of community media in the UK.
Danny offers young people with barriers in their lives an alternative path through media training, achieving many successes. His commitment to those on the margins instils in them self-belief making them realise their talents, often for the first time in their lives. Danny’s Gateway 97.8 has won the High Sheriff Award for the past 7 years and he won an award for devising infant school safety adverts where children make the radio adverts themselves
Nominated by: Christine Tiernan