The BRIT School welcomes four new governors
The BRIT School is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Governors to join in shaping the future of the UK’s leading performing arts and technology School. The School, which will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in September, welcomes the breadth of experience of these new Governors who all have highly successful careers in the performing and creative arts.
Jo is Executive Vice President A&R at Capitol Records UK, having started in the music business in 1992 as a marketing assistant at London Records. Amongst many of the artists she has signed and/or A&R’d include: Big Brovaz, Charlotte Church, Imogen Heap, Lemar, Mylo, The Priests, Scouting for Girls, JLS, Aloe Blacc, Russell Watson, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith and, most recently, 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith. They have released a combined total of 31 albums, of which 24 have achieved platinum or multi-platinum status. Jo has also worked in artist management for five years.
Jo was named Business Woman of the Year at the recent 2015 Music Week’s Women in Music Awards. She was recently invited to take part in a mentoring scheme set up by Marie Claire magazine to inspire and educate the future generation of the music industry.
Jo was appointed a Governor of the School on 1 January 2016. She will serve as a member of both the Personnel Committee and the Marketing/PR Committee.
Madelaine is a talent broker specialising in the creative industries sector. Clients include many large and small branding and communications agencies in the UK and beyond, as well as commercial companies including Citibank, Balfour Beatty, Waitrose, Philips, Sainsburys, ITV, University of the South Bank, and Dyson with whom she has worked on the development and growth of their own internal creative and innovation teams.
Madelaine is often asked to participate in Career Forums and to provide coaching to individuals as well as to companies. She specialises in working with creative people to help them present themselves in an effective and relevant way.
Madelaine was appointed a Governor of the School on 8 December 2015 having previously served as a Parent Governor of the School in 2013-14. She will join the PR/Marketing and Governance Committees.
Angela is an experienced television producer and commissioner who has worked across the entire spectrum of television production: as a researcher, BBC Drama script editor, single and live multi-camera director, producer and executive producer. She has worked on entertainment and educational programmes; with celebrities and the public; with children, animals and puppets; on location, in the studio and at big live events. She also works with corporate clients on events, promotional films and consultation.
Angela teaches at the National Film and Television School where she also sits on the TV Advisory Panel. She is also on the Executive Committee of The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF), on the Diversity Committee of the Royal Television Society (RTS), and is a youth mentor and media trainer. Angela also produces events and sessions for the RTS and CMF and Children’s Media Conference in a voluntary capacity.
Angela was appointed a Governor of the School on 8 December 2015. She joins the Governance Committee and will also be affiliated with the Film & Media Production department in the School.
Martin is an experienced company director and businessman, having made his career within businesses supplying equipment and technical services to the entertainment industry. He is currently a director of TSL Lighting Ltd (which supplies lighting and rigging equipment to the concert touring, corporate production, theatre and special events markets) and Visible Spectrum Europe Ltd (a consultancy to the technical production industry). Between 2008 and 2013 he served as CEO of Production Resource Group (UK) Ltd, the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology.
Martin also undertakes regular tutoring and mentoring roles at a number of universities and colleges focussed on the technical production industry, offering support to both the courses and individual students requiring relevant coaching and assistance. His focus is on introducing the concept of commercial thinking to students who are primarily practical or creative.
Martin was appointed a Governor of the School on 1 January 2016. He will join the Finance & Audit Committee and the Governance Committee, and will also be affiliated with the Technical Arts department in the School.
Chair of Governors, Paul Burger, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome new governors of the calibre and experience of Jo, Madelaine, Angela and Martin. They are highly successful practitioners in their respective fields, and we are grateful they are giving their time and expertise in order to guide the School’s strategic development as well as to help develop the coming generation of arts and media practitioners. They each bring a blend of artistic, technical and business knowledge which fits so well with the vocational focus of the School. Indeed, it is a tribute to the reputation of the School, as a place which equips young people practically for careers in the performing and creative arts, that it is able to attract Governors of such a high standing. I am sure that their wisdom and experience will be invaluable over the coming years, and I trust they will find this new association with the School to be as rewarding to themselves personally as it no doubt will be to the development of our talented students.”
A complete list of Governors can be found here.