Music Industry Management Guest Speakers

Our recent speakers

Tony Wadsworth

Tony Wadsworth was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008. He is currently Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), on the board of the Brits Trust, a trustee of the Music Sound Foundation, a charity devoted to improving young peoples' access to music education and a trustee of the EMI Archive Trust.

Tim Clark

A former Managing Director of legendary label Island Records, Tim is the co-founder of IE:Music, an artist management company whose clients include Robbie Williams among others. Tim is also a leading figure in the Music Managers Forum and was a driving force behind the launch of the Featured Artist Coalition.

Alan McGee

As the founder of seminal independent record label Creation Records, Alan is one of the industry's most revered talent spotters. With the discovery of bands such as Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and many others he changed the face of British Music in the 90's and Noughties and went on to launch the successful artist management company Creation Management, which oversaw the careers of such artists as The Libertines. He has recently launched a new independent label, 359 Records.

Alison Wenham

As the head of the Association of Independent Music (AIM), former record company executive Alison Wenham is one of the most high profile figures in the UK music industry. Her organisation represents over 800 independent music companies and lobbies hard for their interests both here and abroad.

Korda Marshall

One of the UK's most respected A&R men, Korda has a signing record second to none. A one-time executive at RCA records, where he signed Take That to the label, Korda launched his own independent company, infectious Records, where he launched the careers of Ash, Muse and Garbage before becoming MD of Warner Brothers and oversaw the careers of Madonna, Green Day and signed Gnarls Barkley, The Foals and Seasick Steve. He relaunched infectious Records in 2009 and  the label's current artists include Temper Trap and Alt-J. Korda is a board member of the BPI and the Chairman of the Official Charts Company.

Keith Harris

Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974 and joined EMI Records in 1976 where he initially worked for several in-house labels in the promotions department. He then joined Motown eventually becoming General Manager for the label. During his period at the label he worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder. Keith then moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie's various companies. On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and still represents Stevie Wonder. Keith is the Director of Performer Affairs for PPL, a Former Chairman of the MMF, Chairman of MusicTank and a Trustee of the British Music Experience.

Colin Lester

As an artist manager Colin has discovered and overseen the careers of some of this country's biggest artists. As a partner at Wildlife Entertainment he worked with Craig David, Travis and Arctic Monkeys before forming his own successful company CLM, which was acquired by the Universal Music Group in 2010 with Colin remaining as CEO. In recognition of his achievements Colin has been awarded The Peter Grant Award for Outstanding Achievement from the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and is also a recipient of the prestigious Gold Badge Award by BASCA (The British Academy of Songwriters and Composers Association).

Jon Webster

Most of Jon's career was spent at Virgin – both in retail where he began as a shop assistant in 1975 and at Virgin Records where he started in 1981 as Sales Manager before progressing through various posts before being appointed Managing Director in 1988. Following the EMI purchase of Virgin in 1992 he set up his own company, and worked with a number of Virgin acts including Genesis, Peter Gabriel, UB40, Mike and the Mechanics and others. In 1992 he founded the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and in 2005 he was appointed Director, Independent Member Services at the BPI, the UK record industry trade body. Since 2007 he has been the Chief Executive of the Music Manager's Forum, steering the membership body through a series of critical changes that are impacting the whole music industry.

Mark Collen

A veteran music industry executive Mark worked for many years within the EMI Group where he held a number of senior roles to board level including Managing Director of EMI:Chrysalis, Managing Director of Angel Music Group and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. He left EMI to pursue a successful consultancy practice and has recently joined Sony Music Entertainment as Senior Vice President of International Operations.

Ben Beardsworth

Ben Beardsworth is Managing Director of XL Recordings, one of the UK's most successful independent record labels whose past and present roster includes Adele, The White Stripes, The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Radiohead and many others.

Mike Smith

Mike began his career in the music industry as an A&R scout for MCA Music Publishing in the late 80's where he signed Blur, the start of a long relationship with Damon Albarn who also signed in his next role as an executive at EMI Music Publishing, where he rose to become Director of A&R. Other artists he signed during his tenure at EMI include The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Scissor Sisters and many others. He was appointed Managing Director of Columbia Records in 2006 where he worked with Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon and others while signing Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris and The Vaccines among others to the label. In 2012 he was made President of Music for EMI:Virgin, a division of the Universal Music Group.

Ric Blaxill

Ric is a regular guest speaker on media issues at the Music Industry Management programme at The University of Hertfordshire. Currently Head of Music for Bauer Media's Big City Network, Ric was previously Head of Programmes at BBC 6 Music and Group Creative Director at Capital Radio. From 1988 to 1994, he was Producer/Senior Producer at BBC Radio 1 before moving to BBC TV as Producer and Executive Producer of Top of the Pops and TOTP2. Ric also series produced SMTV & CDUK for ITV and was A&R Director for record label Independiente. He is involved in the Ivor Novello song writing Awards where he chairs various category awards.