Jo Dipple to step down as UK Music chief executive

Jo Dipple to step down as UK Music chief executive

UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple is standing down after five years in the role. 

Dipple (pictured), who will continue to run the organisation until June, previously spent three years as the trade body's head of government relations. 

 “UK Music will attract the very highest candidate to take this role," she said. "It is a unique body with an exceptional membership.

“I am privileged to have worked with successful industry bosses and supremely talented musicians and creators. Music is part emotion and part business and the UK gets both right over and over again. The founders of UK Music were determined to secure the very best regulatory landscape for this outstanding industry. Its members will continue to bring a practical and business-like approach to opportunities and challenges ahead.”

UK Music chairman Andy Heath added: “Jo has led the organisation to robust health. Under her leadership, UK Music successfully challenged BIS in the courts over new copyright legislation, helped introduce a Live Music Act, amended DCLG planning law, launched an anti-piracy education campaign, published Measuring Music and Wish You Were Here and prevented Government from cutting BBC music services.

“Her work in launching the UK Music Skills Academy led to a sea-change in training strategy for the sector. Seventy new apprenticeship jobs were created and there exists now a structured approach to improving entry-level access, ensuring open recruitment and driving diversity policies. 

“Jo has built an outstanding team full of talent and ambition and has made UK Music into a highly visible presence. I have really enjoyed working with her over the course of more than eight years.”

BPI chairman Ged Doherty told Music Week: “On behalf of everyone at the BPI and all our members, may I take this opportunity to sincerely  thank Jo for everything she has done on behalf of the music industry in the UK. We wish her luck with her next adventure.”

*Dipple recently wrote a Viewpoint for Music Week on what 2017 will mean for the music business. 

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