Meet the 2020 Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour

Women In Music 2020

This year’s Music Week Women In Music Awards, held in association with AIM and UK Music, might have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But nothing could stop us celebrating the achievements of female executives across every sector of the industry.

So, today, we proudly present this year’s expanded Roll Of Honour.

There are 24 names on this year’s list, drawn from all sectors of the music industry and all with tremendous achievements to celebrate. They join the pantheon of previous honorees, including some of the biggest names in the business, from Emma Banks and Sarah Stennett to Kanya King, Rebecca Allen and Stacey Tang, that have been selected since the awards began in 2014.

This year’s honorees are celebrated across two issues of Music Week, with 12 execs profiled in our new issue, out today, and a further 12 next week.

So here, we present the full, game-changing Class Of 2020…

Negla Abdela, head of digital, Ministry Of Sound 

Jackie Alway OBE, EVP, international legal & industry affairs, Universal Music Publishing Group

Vanessa Bakewell, global client partner, Facebook

Lynne Best, head of communications, PPL

Lesley Bleakley, director of catalogue & archive, Beggars Group

Whitney Boateng, booker, Metropolis/Live Nation/co-founder, #TheShowMustBePausedUK

Lauren Brennan, producer, 6 Music music team, BBC Radio 6 Music

Lisa Cullington, VP – creative (publishing), BMG UK

Jackie Davidson MBE, founder, JD Management

Erica Day, head of inventory & logistics, Proper Music Group

Michelle Escoffery, songwriter/PRS board writer director, PRS For Music

Zac Fox, group COO, Kilimanjaro Live

Afryea Henry-Fontaine, marketing director, Motown UK/EMI Records/co-founder, The Black Music Coalition/The DeBrief

Janine Irons MBE, CEO/co-founder, Tomorrow's Warriors

Safiya Lambie-Knight, lead, artist & label partnerships (genre & culture specialist), Spotify

Sara Lord, SVP international sync & project development, Concord Music Publishing

Maria May, agent, CAA

Sarah ‘Pixie’ Pickering, VP, creative/co-head of synchronisation, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Naomi Pohl, deputy general secretary, Musicians’ Union

Mulika Sannie, SVP, business affairs, Kobalt Music Group

Helen Thomas, head of BBC Radio 2 

Natalie Wade, founder/CEO, Small Green Shoots/co-founder/CEO, The Cats Mother

Diane Wagg, founder, Deluxxe Management

Linda Walker, VP commercial, Warner Music

All being well, the Music Week Women In Music Awards ceremony will return in 2021. Stay tuned for further announcements...

* For more on the 2020 Roll Of Honour, see the new issue of Music Week magazine, available now. To order your copy, please email To subscribe to Music Week and never miss a vital music biz story, click here.

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