About Who we are Staff John Offord John Offord joined Voluntary Arts in early 2017 as an 'Up for Arts' Broadcaster based at BBC Radio York. John is a freelance producer and has worked on a variety of arts engagement campaigns for the BBC and has recently produced York in Harmony, a community choir/outreach project. Until 2016, he was a BBC Outreach Manager working with departments across the BBC and has been a fixed point of contact for major pan-BBC initiatives, eg. Children in Need, Sports Personality of the Year, Learning projects like Make It Digital, and region-specific broadcast moments like The Great Yorkshire Show. He was responsible for co-ordinating editorial across all three platforms and social media, working from within the 12 English regions. As a Producer in BBC Learning he was responsible for the production of some live events such as BBC2’s Stargazing Live, The Big Bang Science fair, Radio 1’s Hackney weekend, BBC’s WW1 Centenary commemorations, & the pan-BBC season, ‘Summer of Wildlife’.