PRS Foundation’s Board of Trustees
Our Trustees come from a wide range of musical and professional backgrounds from within the music industry and beyond. Together they give us an impressive wealth of expertise, including knowledge of all music genres, from urban to folk, from classical to jazz.
Nitin Sawhney CBE (Chair)
Nitin Sawhney is one of the most distinctive and versatile musical voices around today, achieving an international reputation across every possible creative medium. In 2017 he received the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award, and is firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer. Sawhney has become a modern-day ‘Renaissance man in the worlds of music, film, videogames, dance and theatre. His endless creative curiosity makes him a formidable polymath across the whole artistic range of media associated with the music industry.
With over 20 studio albums to his name, including solo albums, film soundtracks and compilations, he has received a substantial wealth of major national and international awards for the work. In 2018 Sawhney completed the entire composition of Warner Bros / Netflix epic film ‘Mowgli’ which had its world premiere at the end of 2018.
Ameet Shah is a management consultant with professional experience in telecoms and high tech. He worked at Bain & Co, Andersen Consulting/Accenture (where he was head of the TMT Strategy practice in London) and also at PRTM (Head of Telecoms Europe), where he helped his clients develop their strategies and implement major programmes of change and organizational development. In addition to consulting, he spent 3 years at the GSM Association, a non-profit trade association for the mobile industry where he was in charge of strategy and commercial development, and 2 years at Ericsson in a strategic business development role.
Although his professional background is in commercial, strategic and organisational development, in change management and in finance, he has a deep interest in literature, music and the Arts. Ameet has been a Trustee of PRS for Music Foundation since 2012. He is also Chair of MeWe Foundation and a Director of Azenby Ltd.
Caroline Norbury MBE
Caroline Norbury MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England, the organisation that uncovers, supports and invests in creative talent and businesses, and the Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, the body which represents the UK’s creative industries, arts and cultural education.
In September 2019, the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England announced their intention to formally unite, recognising that they will be able to make a greater difference together than would be possible alone. The Federation’s history of bringing together UK-wide networks and championing the sector will combine with Creative England’s significant experience uncovering, investing and growing creative businesses outside of London. The work of both organisations will continue and develop through this UK-wide body.
Prior to establishing Creative England Caroline was the Chief Executive of regional screen agency South West Screen; the public body responsible for the leading the strategic development and promotion of the film, TV and digital content industries in the South West of England. She has extensive experience of the media industry as a producer, director and commissioning executive and was previously an independent producer and Chief Executive of First Take Films.
Caroline is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and leads on the work of the Creative Industries Council Access to Finance working group. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the film industry.
Chris Butler has worked in the music publishing industry since leaving Durham University with a music degree in 1984. He held a succession of positions at Chappell Music (later Warner Chappell), before joining Novello in 1989. Four years at the classical independent ended when Novello was acquired by the Music Sales Group in 1993. Over the past 25 years the Music Sales Group has become one of the world’s largest independent music publishers with offices in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sydney and Tokyo.
In tandem with being the leading player in the business of printed music, Music Sales owns and administers an extensive portfolio of copyrights through a network of wholly owned companies throughout the world. In addition to Novello these include J & W Chester, G. Schirmer, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Union Musicales Ediciones, Editions Alphonse Leduc, Bosworth & Co, Sparta Florida and Campbell Connelly. The Music Sales Group currently has an active roster of over one hundred living composers creating new music in all genres.
Christine joined PPL in 2008 as Head of Public Performance Operations. In January 2012 she was appointed to the newly created role of Operations Director, responsible for PPL’s Public Performance Operations, Marketing and Member Services team. In 2018, Christine became Chief Operating Officer for PPL and was appointed to the Board of PPL PRS Ltd.
Christine has many years of experience as a leader and came to PPL following senior roles at Harrods, GE Capital and TWG (formerly Aon Warranty Group).
Hannah Kendall is a composer that has been described as “…intricately and skilfully wrought’ by The Sunday Times, and whose music has attracted the attentions of some of the UK’s finest groups including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Philharmonia Orchestra. Hannah also works part-time as a Director at London Music Masters, a charity that aims to enable opportunity, diversity and excellence in classical music, inspiring positive change for individuals and communities, and teaches on the Composition/General Musicianship team at Junior Royal Academy of Music.
John Reid is a music and entertainment lawyer and a Partner with Russells, the UK’s leading music law firm, and an avid fan of music and the arts.
Lorna has been at the BBC for over a decade, and was appointed as BBC Controller of Pop in July 2019 following a successful stint as Head of Radio 2 and 6Music from January 2017 after 8 years as Network Manager for Radio 2, 6Music and the Asian Network. She has also held posts at the BBC as Head of Mainstream Programmes, Festival Director for the Electric Proms and in Talent Development devising and managing campaigns to find emerging talent for Factual TV presentation, Sport Journalism, Children’s output, Music production, Animation, and Direction. Lorna also manages the Fame Academy Bursery a range of music bursaries for the BBC to award up to £15K each for young music talent, plus up to 1500 instruments awarded to music students in Classical, Opera, Hip Hop and musical theatre, in addition to this Lorna is a Development council Member of the Not for Profit charity The Rio, an Art Deco picture palace in Dalston based in a Grade II listed building in need of support. Lorna attended Copenhagen Business School and earned a Diploma in Business/Managerial Economics in the Media.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty five years of financial and commercial experience. He currently acts as a corporate adviser and non-executive director on a number of companies including PRS for Music. He previously worked for the Virgin Group for over 20 years (with ten years as Group Finance Director) where he was responsible for financial strategy including corporate finance, tax, treasury, accounting and financial reporting. Mark has gained significant experience in most aspects of finance and taxation in a dynamic, large, complex, diverse and multinational commercial organisation. He served as a non-executive director and committee member of numerous operating and holding companies including amongst others the Virgin Group main board, Virgin Atlantic (airline) and Virgin Active (gymnasiums).
Mark is currently a Board Governor and Treasurer at the International School of Geneva comprising three large campuses with over 4,400 students.
Multi hyphenate, Ivor Novello Award winning professional singer-songwriter of 28 years, Michelle Escoffery has consistently amassed accolades as one of the UK’s most respected songwriters.
Signed with both major and independent labels and recognised for her creative ability, Michelle is intimately acquainted with the pressures of the music business, and the endurance it takes to face the hardships, conflicts and work/life/spirit balance. In response, and as a gifted spiritual guide, she has developed the discipline of getting results through the art of self care and sacred ritual, building towards equilibrium and maintaining presence.
Michelle has always advocated for emerging talent, founding and pioneering live music and spoken word event ‘Kindred Spirit’ between 2000 – 2009 and sharing over 12 years lecturing experience in higher education. Currently module leader for MA commercial songwriting & Production Programme at Tileyard Education and also SCQF qualified in the Professional Development Award for Practice Based Learning for Creative and Cultural Industries.
She currently sits on the Board of Directors for PRS for Music as a Writer Director.
Richard joined Faber Music as an editor in 1989, initially responsible for the Company’s educational and commercial printed publishing programmes, and became Managing Director in 1999. He is now CEO of the company and serves on a number of industry boards, including PRS for Music, MPA, PMLL and Sing Up. The company has grown substantially under his leadership, across its classical and media rights and also in its print and print-related services.
As a hands on CEO of an all-round, international music publishing company, Richard has on-going, day-to-day experience of working with a wide range of composers and writers in the classical, media and educational fields. The company’s widely-respected list includes leading classical contemporary figures such as Adès, Benjamin and Knussen, media composers such as Carl Davis, Howard Goodall and Dan Jones, and some of the most highly-regarded educational writers in their fields. Richard is passionate about quality in new music. While classical contemporary music has defined much of his career in publishing, he is drawn towards PRS Foundation through a life-long love of music across all genres, particularly in live performance.
Susannah Simons is a freelance arts strategist, previously Director Arts and Outreach for Canvas, and Head of Policy and Outreach for BBC Radio and Music. She was the Project Director of the BBC’s engagement with the Cultural Olympiad between 2008 and 2013, in which role she was also responsible for the pilot phase of The Space. She began her career as a broadcaster with BBC Radio 4 presenting the PM programme, World at One and Today before joining Channel 4 as presenter of Business Daily. She was one of the original presenters at Classic FM before swapping sides to become the Director of Communications of the GWR group and then returned to the BBC in a management role .
She is also a Trustee of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and One Dance UK.
Vanessa Swann MBE
Vanessa is an independent organisational development consultant working with a wide range of arts organisations and social enterprises throughout the UK, as well as a qualified Social Enterprise advisor with coaching and training experience.
She was previously Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts, an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, for which she was awarded the Arts & Business Garrett Award for outstanding achievement in the encouragement of business support for the arts. Prior to this, Vanessa was Deputy Director of the Design Museum, Director of the Commissioning Service at Contemporary Applied Arts and Head of the RSA Art for Architecture scheme.