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.
Royce Bell joins the board from a management consulting background, having been the CEO of Accenture Information Management Services. In addition to his business know-how, Royce brings extensive experience of working in non executive roles in nationally acclaimed arts organisations such as Punchdrunk Theatre and Youth Music Theatre UK. Royce is also a long standing member of the Development board of the National Theatre.
As PRS for Music Foundation's chair, Royce will support and lead the Foundation through its next phase of development which will see the Foundation striving to give more support than ever to the hundreds of talented artists and organisations who are making outstanding music in the UK.
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.
Edward Gregson is a composer of international standing, whose music has been performed, broadcast, and recorded worldwide. His music covers many genres, from chamber, instrumental and choral, to theatre, film and television, and he has written orchestral music for the English Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. His most recent work for orchestra, Dream Song, was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the ’Mahler in Manchester’ Festival. Edward is also internationally renowned for his contributions to the wind and brass repertoire.
Edward has enjoyed a distinguished academic career. He was Head of Composition, then Professor of Music, at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and from 1996 to 2008 he was Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. He was a founder Trustee of Youth Music, founder Chairman of Conservatoires UK and is a governor of Chetham's School of Music. He holds many honorary degrees and fellowships from leading English universities and conservatoires, and is an Emeritus Professor of the RNCM.
Estelle Morris (Baroness Morris of Yardley, PC) is a life peer at the House of Lords. She began her professional career as a teacher in 1974, became a member of Warwick District Council from 1979 to 1991 and was elected to Parliament in 1992 for Birmingham Yardley.
Estelle became a minister in the Department for Education and Employment in 1997 and was promoted to Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 2001. Estelle resigned from the post in 2002 but returned to the front bench eight months later as Minister in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Estelle did not seek re-election at the general election in 2005 and was appointed to the House of Lords after the May 2005 election.
Estelle became the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Sunderland University in 2005 and chairs the Children’s Workforce Development Council. She serves on a number of charitable bodies connected to both Education and The Arts. She has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Warwick, Wolverhampton, Leeds Metropolitan and Bradford.
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.
Mick Leeson is a songwriter and composer. He began writing music in bands in the 1960s and has been writing with Peter Vale since 1973. Artists recording their songs include Ray Charles, Mica Paris, The Commodores, Paul Young, Maxi Priest and Chaka Demus and Pliers. Most recently their song If There’s Any Justice was a top three record for Lemar.
Mick is Deputy Chairman Writer of PRS for Music, a Committee Member of the PRS Members' Fund and a Board Director of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
Paulette Long is a Director of music publishing company, Westbury Music. Paulette has been working in the music industry since 1984, from working in press at Modern Publicity, to artist management at Grant Edwards Management, managing music accounts at an advertising agency, and running her own company Long Term Management. Paulette joined Westbury Music in 1988 for four years working in all areas of publishing, and then continued in a consultancy capacity before rejoining in early 2000 and becoming a director in 2003.
Paulette is Deputy Chairman Publisher of PRS for Music. She also sits on the Boards of Urban Voice, Gateway Sound Recording and Urban Development.
Simon Darlow has been working as a composer arranger and player since 1982. He has written for many artists including Grace Jones, Toyah, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Elkie Brooks, Martine McCutcheon, Rupert Everett and Carol Decker (T'Pau) amongst others. As a player and arranger he has worked with Musical Youth (Pass the Dutchie), Don Henley, Jody Watley, Bucks Fizz, Bill Bruford and the Dyvinals. In recent years he has written theme tunes and scores for over 80 TV shows. He recently co-wrote and produced the new Toyah album and scored the music to short film Pictures. He is currently working on his 4th production music album for Boosey and Hawkes.
Simon is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), media executive and a writer Director of PRS for Music and The Alliance Board.
Simon Platz is Managing Director of the Bucks Music Group and has 20 years of experience in international music publishing. Bucks Music has a varied roster of composers covering all types of music genre from drum and bass to jazz, and media music. Recent Ivor Novello successes include Beautiful Liar by Beyonce & Amanda Ghost, You’re Beautiful by Amanda Ghost, Sacha Skarbek & James Blunt, and Elizabeth by Rob Lane.
Simon Platz is a Publisher Director of PRS for Music, a Director of the Music Publishers Association, and has been chair of Heart N Soul, a disability arts group based at the Albany in Deptford.
Stephen McNeff is an internationally-renowned composer. He has written major works for opera, music theatre and instrumental including Tarka the Otter, which won a British Composer Award in 2007 and a major re-reworking of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Stephen McNeff has also written highly-acclaimed instrumental pieces including Cello Sonata, a Piano Quintet, Ghosts and a large number of works for wind ensembles. Stephen has also been composer in residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Banff Centre, Canada.
Stephen McNeff's works are published by Peters Edition (orchestral, opera, chamber and vocal), Maecenas Contemporary Composers (wind orchestra), Samuel French Ltd (theatre scores) and Canadian Brass (brass).
Vanessa Swann is Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts, an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative business incubator for designer-makers. She was previously the Deputy Director of the Design Museum and Director of the Commissioning Service at Contemporary Applied Arts. Prior to this she headed the RSA Art for Architecture scheme. In 2010 she was awarded the Arts & Business Garrett Award for outstanding achievement in a professional capacity in the encouragement of business support for the arts.