Daryl Ilbury is a highly experienced and authoritative thought leader on communicating science across print, digital and broadcast platforms. He is a former multi award-winning broadcaster and columnist, now a senior science writer, editor, and best-selling author. He holds a degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in science journalism from City, University of London.

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“…His knowledge of radio, the vastness of his experience and his willingness to take radio into the digital age stand him in good stead to lead stations to greatness. His role either as a consultant, advisor or mentor will add great value to any company that seeks to win the war in ratings and revenue…”

Naveen Singh, Head of Programming, Smile 90.4 FM

“…Daryl has the best work ethic of any radio talent that I know. His passion for the medium is unquestionable and as a former teacher, it is evident that he willingly shares over two decades of experience in the medium freely with his fellow professionals…”

“…many have benefitted from his selfless attitude and learned a great deal from Daryl…I would recommend him unreservedly for any role in radio from on-air talent, to programme management to talent coach.”

Omar Essack, Former CEO, Primedia Broadcasting

“…one of my best writers…”

Marika Sboros, Former editor, Business Day Health News; Editor, Publisher, Foodmed.net

“…without a doubt one of this country’s most successful and respected broadcasters. This is evident by his enviable career and the impact he has made on the radio industry…he is also, more importantly, a natural leader…and has an uncanny knack of quickly assessing a situation or concern affecting the station and then offering viable and exciting opportunities…”

Gavin Meiring, Former Programme Manager, Jacaranda 94.2

“Daryl’s writing has the fine quality of being sagacious, witty and thought-provoking. If his forked tongue-in-cheek were a whip, it would make one mean crack!’

Robbie Stammers, Publisher, Forbes SA; former editor Leadership magazine, Insights Publishing

“…he displayed a particular knack of choosing topics that are pertinent to society and using his writing skills to convey his point with measured maturity and logic. He is extremely well-versed in world and current affairs, a strength which enhanced his writing, gaining him the respect of many readers, including those who didn’t necessarily agree with his viewpoint…”

Yasantha Naidoo, Editor, Sunday Times Extra, Times Media Group

Latest Articles

Shaking our understanding of uncertainty

Uncertainty certainly makes life interesting. Without it, we’d be locked in a repetitive experiential loop. Because the future, by its very nature, is yet to unfold, what it holds for us is largely unknown. For example, we know we will die, but when and how are largely a mystery. However, the future is unavoidable and…

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Orthognathic surgery: Tackling deceptive complexity

Outside of our brain, few physical characteristics of homo sapiens differ from our ancestors and fellow large apes more than our jaw. Beyond its obvious key functions of eating and breathing, the jaw is a critical component in our ability to communicate through speech. It also looks different – it is narrower than in other…

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Human Systems Integration, it’s time to take centre stage

There is an old engineering design joke, probably more a wry observation, that the most dangerous component to a motor vehicle is the nut holding the steering wheel. On its own, a motor vehicle is an inert, albeit highly complex, technological system. It takes people, also a highly complex sociotechnical system, to activate and apply…

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Spektr-UF:Unlocking the secrets of UV

For most of us, what we know of the marvels of space lies in what we can see, with or without optical telescopes. However, the majority of the Universe’s secrets are hidden from view, buried within the furthest reaches of light’s spectrum and other electromagnetic radiation. For astronomers, using telescopes to observe such extreme forms…

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Avoiding Armageddon: The urgent search for near-Earth objects

In 1998, American actor Bruce Willis blew up an asteroid and himself to save Earth’s inhabitants from extinction. The asteroid in question, roughly the size of Texas, was fictional, but the film, Armageddon, encouraged the millions who watched it to consider the actual scenario of a strike by one of the many celestial bodies that brushes…

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