The straight-talking Australian heads up Warrington-headquartered UTV Media (GB), one of the largest radio groups in the UK with talkSPORT and 13 regional stations including Juice, The Pulse 1 and 2 in Bradford, Tower FM in Bolton and Bury and Wire FM in Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn. Total listenership at the local stations stands at 1.2m adults a week.

Arriving in the UK in 1995 as general manager of the internet service provider DNA Internet, which was subsequently acquired by UTV in 2000, the 43-year-old was appointed CEO in 2005. According to UTV Media’s results for 2013, revenue for the radio division fell 7% to £51.2m, with operating profit falling from £12.9m to £7.9m. Taunton earned £317,000 in the same year.