Sep 14th, 2021
Olga FitzRoy is a recording engineer and mixer. After a decade working her way up the ranks at AIR Studios, from tea-girl to mixing the music for the 2012 Olympics, she is now freelance, working on projects for Coldplay and mixing the music for The Crown. She was named Recording Engineer of the Year at the MPG awards 2016 and received an Ivors Academy Gold Badge Award in 2019. She was elected to the board of the UK Music Producers Guild (MPG) in 2019. After having her son, she founded the #SelfieLeave campaign, which aims to support freelance women when they have children, by campaigning for self-employed families to get shared parental leave. As a result of her lobbying, a bill was read in parliament and the government began a consultation on a change in the law. She was named no.11 in the BBC Woman’s Hour Powerlist 2018 and won the Women In Music Campaigner of the Year award in 2019. She ran for parliament for the Labour Party in 2019 and has spent much of the pandemic campaigning for better support for those affected by the crisis, particularly engineers, producers, and recording studios. As a volunteer for the charity Pregnant Then Screwed, she led their campaign against mothers who have previously taken maternity leave receiving reduced COVID-support from the government. The result of this work is currently awaiting judgment in the Court of Appeal. She lives in London with her husband and 5-year-old son.