UK Music CEO Michael Dugher is stepping down after almost three years of leading the music industry trade body.
He is leaving to take up a new position as CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council.
Dugher joined UK Music in April 2017 after serving as Labour MP for Barnsley East for seven years. His roles at Westminster included Shadow Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
During his time at UK Music, Dugher spearheaded the campaign to change planning laws to protect music venues and also took on the government over the impact of soaring business rates. He set up regional Music Boards and helped win key votes on the EU Copyright Directive to deliver fair rewards for music creators and investors through the #LoveMusic campaign.
Dugher has also channelled his passion for the vital role music plays in education during his time at UK Music, deepening the understanding of Ministers and others about the need to nurture the industry’s talent pipeline.
Dugher is set to leave at the end of January after which Tom Kiehl, currently deputy CEO, will take over as acting CEO during the process of recruiting a new chief executive.
Michael Dugher commented: “It has been an immense privilege to serve as CEO at UK Music for nearly three years.
“We have achieved great things for an industry that makes a huge and positive contribution to our country. I have always believed in the power of music to transform lives and I am grateful for the opportunity UK Music’s members gave me back in 2017 to play a part in what is a wonderful organisation. I hope I have made a difference.
“I have been lucky to work with some phenomenally talented and deeply committed people, on the staff and amongst our member organisations. In particular, I’d like to pay tribute to UK Music’s outstanding founding chairman, Andy Heath, for believing in me and for showing me every personal support.
“I hope that UK Music has a profile and a reach today that can enable it to achieve even greater things in the future. I am genuinely sorry to leave, but I made a commitment when I left politics to put my family first and I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I have no doubt that UK Music will only go from strength to strength and I wish the organisation, its members and the new acting CEO Tom Kiehl every success in the future”.
UK Music chairman Andy Heath said: “Michael has done a truly outstanding job and we are very sorry indeed to lose a man who has helped give the music industry in the UK a presence, influence and reputation, which it thoroughly deserves, but has not always in the past been able to communicate. The team at UK Music are first class and will continue the exceptional work it has shown in the last few years. We all, and I personally, wish Michael every success in the future and I look forward to him attending many of our functions in the future.”
PSNEurope has had the pleasure of interviewing Dugher on a number of occasions – you can read our most recent interview here – and are sad to see him go.