Our Directors

Steve Poolton

Owner and CEO

I am a former mature student in my 40s. I studied psychology at Northumbria university following a history of mental health issues. Whilst at university I discovered the student radio station, and along with fellow director Andy went on to host a popular and award-winning radio show about cycling. This gave me an insight into how the radio station was run and where I felt it could be improved, leading to me interviewing for and becoming station manager after a few short months. During my year in charge we gave the entire music library an overhaul, introduced live sport coverage (including a rugby commentary from St James’ Park) and also hosted the station’s first ever 24 hour broadcast. After leaving university and being totally unsure as to what I wanted to do for employment, it was suggested to me that I try something in radio, perhaps even my own online show. After giving this some thought, I wanted to see if I could combine my passion for radio with my desire to help other people, and to fight the stigma of mental health problems. This is how Seven Bridges was born.

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Sally Watson

Director and Head of Music

I'm Sally and I am a big fan of radio ! We always had the radio on at home growing up and I first became involved in production as Head of Music at Northumbria uni station, creating playlists and presenting shows. This is also where I met Steve and Andy and started introducing them to music released this century ! I'm currently studying French and Translation at the University of Leicester, which is a leap I made after experiencing mental health issues while on a study abroad year. The lack of community caused a bout of intense loneliness, and if a project like Seven Bridges Radio had been available at the time I was feeling alone it would have been a great help and support, especially as radio is something I love.

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Andy Hunter

Director and Secretary

I am 53 years old, and a mature student at Northumbria University in the process of doing a Masters in Health Psychology, having just attained a degree in Psychology. I have worked in banking, sales and education; my most recent role before taking up studies was a teacher and assessor in Management, Customer Service and Business Administration. I first got involved in radio through the Northumbria Students Union. I was dealing with mental health issues after my then-wife’s diagnosis of terminal cancer; I found that radio gave me a creative outlet and something totally different to focus on, outside anything I had done before. It has re-awoken my love for music of all forms but also given me an appreciation of the spoken word as a media; I am now an avid consumer of podcasts and would like to develop this further with our own output. A large part of my own recovery and rebuilding my self-confidence has been through being able to do things that I enjoy; a radio station dedicated to giving others that opportunity is something I am delighted to have the chance to support and develop.

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