Jo Dipple has today been confirmed as the chief executive of UK Music.
She formally replaces Feargal Sharkey, who departed the UK commercial music industry’s umbrella body in November 2011.
Speaking of the appointment, she said: ‘I am delighted to take on this role. The British music industry is an extraordinary cultural and economic force and I look forward to working with Government and our members to ensure its continued dominance.’
Andy Heath, UK Music chairman, added: ‘UK Music is now established as the representative voice of the UK’s commercial music industry. That voice is now at its most important as Government looks to change the copyright framework that underpins our sector. The Board is confident that Jo will excel in the months and years ahead.’
Jo joined UK Music in 2008 as senior policy advisor. Her commercial background is in newspaper publishing. She worked for Today and the News of the World before becoming a columnist for the Daily Mirror. When the first Communications Bill was trailed in 1999, Jo was made Head of Public Affairs for Trinity Mirror Plc to represent CEOs Philip Graf and Sly Bailey. She left Trinity Mirror to join the Treasury in 2006, before working for the Prime Minister in Downing Street’s Strategic Communications Unit.
UK Music was established in October 2008, bringing together key representative bodies from across the UK’s commercial music industry. In May 2011 the live music sector came under its umbrella with the formation of the UK Live Music Group.