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Meet The Team

Andy Pierce

Andy is driven by personal experiences of overcoming challenges and loss, he is a dedicated mental health advocate and a certified mental health first aider. His own journey has inspired him to create the feature "Mental Health Matters" on his BBC radio show as a platform to openly discuss and raise awareness about mental health issues, with the goal of breaking down stigmas and fostering a supportive community.

In addition to his passion for mental health, Andy is an avid gardener and has a keen interest in current events and social issues. Alongside the podcast, Andy and his team also organise a series of engaging and impactful events. These events provide opportunities for people to come together, share experiences, and learn from experts in fields such as gardening, sustainability, mental health and wellbeing. From workshops and seminars to live performances and outdoor gatherings, Andy aims to create inclusive spaces that inspire personal growth and collective well-being.

Beyond his professional endeavours, Andy's warm and approachable personality shines through in his interactions with others. He brings a genuine sense of authenticity and empathy to his work, creating a safe space for open and honest conversations.

Andy has a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. Alongside his work as a BBC radio presenter and podcast host, Andy is also a talented singer, known as The Soul Man, captivating audiences with his soulful performances. With over five years of experience in the radio industry and 20 years in entertainment, Andy has honed his craft and developed a deep understanding of how to engage and connect with listeners.

Join Andy Pierce and his co-host Nick Turrell on The Pierce Perspective podcast as they explore topics such as mental health, wellbeing, gardening, and sustainability, spreading positivity and inspiration along the way. With his unique blend of talent, experience, and passion, Andy aims to provide valuable resources, meaningful insights, and a source of motivation for listeners seeking a happier and healthier life. The podcast also follows the journey of The Pierce Perspective charity, highlighting their commitment to sustainability and positive change. Stay connected with their initiatives, events, and projects by subscribing to their newsletter and be part of a community dedicated to making a positive impact on mental health and the environment.

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Nick Turrell

Nick is an exceptional talent with a passion for gardening, writing, and the arts. As an award-winning freelance writer, his work has graced the pages of prestigious publications such as the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and the RHS magazine. With a deep understanding of the intricacies of gardening and a keen eye for detail, Nick's writing captures the essence and beauty of the natural world.

You may also recognise Nick as the knowledgeable and enthusiastic radio gardener on BBC Leicester, where he shares his insights and expertise with a wide audience. His engaging presence and genuine love for all things green make him a trusted voice in the gardening community.

Beyond his gardening prowess, Nick's interests extend to the realms of art and literature. He finds joy and inspiration in exploring gardens, immersing himself in the world of books, and appreciating the beauty of artistic expressions. His diverse passions converge to create a well-rounded perspective on life, nature, and the connection between the two.

Nick has been featured on esteemed platforms, including Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2, where he shared his gardening knowledge and captivated listeners with his engaging discussions. He has also made appearances on Radio 4 and showcased his presenting skills on the Jane Asher series Good Living and the Paul Roseby TV show.

A graduate of The Faber Academy, Nick's dedication to honing his craft and continuously expanding his knowledge shines through in his work. His writing not only informs and educates but also evokes emotions and sparks a deep appreciation for the world around us.

With his wealth of experience, creative spirit, and unwavering commitment to promoting the joys of gardening and the arts, Nick adds a unique dimension to The Pierce Perspective. Join him and co-host Andy Pierce as they delve into captivating conversations, exploring the wonders of nature, the power of creativity, and the transformative impact it can have on our lives.

Dale Neal

Dale Neal is a Leicester-born and bred individual. With over 27 years of experience, he is an award-winning radio producer, reporter, and broadcaster. Dale commenced his radio career at BBC Radio Leicester, the UK's first-ever local radio station, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Dale's remarkable work in the media industry earned him recognition, including a prestigious SJA accolade for his coverage of the tragic helicopter crash in Leicester in 2018. Throughout the years, he has conducted interviews with numerous celebrities and politicians, while also providing valuable support to aspiring journalists in the early stages of their careers. Dale has additionally dedicated substantial time to media training initiatives.

Every Sunday afternoon, you can tune in to BBC Radio Leicester to hear Dale alongside our founder, Andy, sharing their insights and entertaining the audience. Dale's vibrant presence extends beyond the airwaves as he takes on hosting duties for various events in the East Midlands, including the annual Moira Canal Festival held in May.

With his extensive industry knowledge, charismatic persona, and commitment to delivering compelling content, Dale Neal plays a vital role in our organization's success. He enriches our initiatives and leaves a lasting impact on our audience, showcasing the best of Leicester's talent and broadcasting expertise.

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