Keith Harris to stand down as Ammo Talwar becomes chair of UK Music Equality And Diversity Taskforce

Keith Harris to stand down as Ammo Talwar becomes chair of UK Music Equality And Diversity Taskforce

UK Music has made Ammo Talwar the new chair of its Equality And Diversity Taskforce

The music industry entrepreneur takes over from Keith Harris (pictured), who was in charge for the last three years.

“I feel hugely privileged to chair this taskforce," Talwar said. "UK Music has made real inroads around diversity and inclusion. We are global leaders in music making and I’m confident that the UK’s music sector will continue to move at pace, reflecting the ever changing landscape of community, music and genres.”

Talwar launched firm Punch as a specialist record shop in 1996 before turning it into a hub for artists and creatives in and around Birmingham. It has since evolved into a music agency that works internationally in partnership with both the private and public sector investors.

After reflecting on his time in the chair, Harris predicted his successor would make a big impact in the role.

"Having headed the UK Music Equality and Diversity Taskforce for three years, during which time we have seen the industry inching towards a more balanced and diverse workforce, I am delighted to be handing over to Ammo Talwar," he declared.

“His energy and enthusiasm will help to make sure that the momentum is not lost and his perspective from outside the London environment will drive the new initiatives needed make sure that we have an industry which fairly represents the whole music community."

UK Music announced that Rachel Bolland will succeed Felicity Oliver as its head of diversity. Bolland remains as director of operations, while Oliver continues as head of parliamentary affairs and events.

“Our work on improving diversity is one of the biggest priorities we have at UK Music. Our latest industry-wide survey found that whilst things are improving when it comes to diversity, there is still a huge amount of work to do," added UK Music CEO Michael Dugher.

“All of us at UK Music would like to pay tribute to Keith for his brilliant work on the taskforce and welcome Ammo as the new chair at this important time for our industry.”

Read Music Week's interview with Keith Harris on the “still significant issues” the biz needs to address.

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