Robin Firman and Horace Trubridge have been elected as performer directors at the PPL's 12th Annual Performer Meeting (APM).
The pair will sit on both the PPL performer board and main PPL board.
The organisation created the two elected performer director positions to replace two previous performer director positions for which the directors used to be chosen by, respectively, Equity and the Musicians’ Union. The previous positions were held by Christine Payne (as general secretary of Equity) and Trubridge (as general secretary of the Musicians' Union). Payne, Dave Jago and Ashley Mason also stood in the election.
The APM, held at Maida Vale Studios, was accompanied by the publication of PPL’s Annual Performer Review, looking back over the previous financial year. Key financial highlights from 2017 included PPL’s overall revenue reaching £218.8 million (3% up on 2016) and net distributable revenue growing to £180.5m (1% up on 2016), with a record total of nearly 90,000 performers and 9,000 recording rightsholders receiving a payment.
PPL CEO Peter Leathem said: “2017 was another record breaking year for PPL. I would like to thank the performer board and main PPL board for their ongoing commitment, dedication and support.
"In particular, my thanks go to Christine Payne, as an outgoing performer director, for her valuable contribution over the years. I would also like to thank the other candidates who stood in the election, and extend my congratulations and welcome to Robin Firman as a newly-elected performer director. I look forward to working closely with Robin, together with Horace Trubridge in his new capacity as an elected performer director.”
The meeting also included an address by PPL chairman John Smith, and reports from Leathem, director of member services Sarah Mitchell and director of international Laurence Oxenbury.