GORDON WILLIAMS (CHAIR)
Gordon is a Partner and Head of the Litigation Department at Lee & Thompson Solicitors, which is one of the leading specialist media and entertainment firms in the UK. He regularly handles high profile cases in the music, film and television industries and, represents the celebrities, other individuals and companies that work within them. He has a keen interest in assisting young people to access those industries.
Simon is a charity professional, an award-winning photographer, and educator whose work is rooted in a belief of empowering under-served communities in innovative ways. From 1992-2004 he lived in New York City where he co-founded and directed Art Start, a grass-roots arts-education organization serving socially-excluded youth which received a 1997 President’s Service Award from President Clinton. As a photographer he worked in the disabled community on educational, advocacy, self-empowerment and political campaigns and initiatives. Clients included several state and federal government departments, voluntary sector organizations and universities. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Returning to England in 2005 he project managed the launch of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) where he is currently Deputy Chair of the Board. Simon spent four years as a Regional Director for The Prince’s Trust before his current role as Chief Executive of Khulisa, setting up the UK operations of this South African founded organisation focusing on crime and violence reduction.
GERAINT HOWELLS (TREASURER)
Geraint set up his own media and entertainment focused accountancy practice in 2010, having for 20 years been a Partner and head of the entertainment divisions at two leading top 20 firms of accountants. He represents a number of labels, artists, producers and trade bodies, advising on accounting and taxation issues as well as commercial matters including raising capital. He assists a number of trade bodies with their seminar programs speaking on a range of subjects ranging from the financial and taxation implications of starting a new business to royalty auditing.
Jack is a co-founder and Creative Director of leading music strategy and communications company FRUKT. Jack works with clients overseeing idea generation, planning and creative direction. Prior to founding FRUKT he began his involvement in music as a dance music producer before joining Warner Music UK initially in International Marketing and then as the record label’s first Head of New Media. From there Jack moved to establish a music division for pioneering digital design agency AMX under the chairmanship of Malcolm Garrett, and then joined Accenture to work on a global music venture for Heineken. Evenings and weekends Jack can be found in the bars and venues of Europe with the band he manages – The Girls.
Keith began working in the record industry in 1974. In 1976 he joined EMI , and then joined Motown where he worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder. He left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies. Keith still represents Stevie Wonder, and was Tour Director for his 2008 world tour. On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and has been involved in the management of various UK based artists since. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Westminster school of music film and fashion where he has Lectured since 1993, and the Director of Performer Affairs for PPL.