Steve Levine, producer of the Culture Club, the Beach Boys and Motorhead, has been appointed chairman of the U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, effective immediately.

He takes over from Mike Howlett, who leaves to take the associate professor and head of music and sound position at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

"We are absolutely delighted that Steve has agreed to take on the mantle of MPG Chairman," said Howlett in a statement, on behalf of the Guild. "As well as being a highly respected music producer, Steve is well placed in the music industry and I know he will be a capable and articulate voice to carry forward the Music Producers Guild mission of speaking for the interests of recording professionals."

In his new role, Levine will spearhead the organization's involvement with the Producer Managers Group of the Music Managers Forum, which aims at finding new avenues of remuneration for producers. He will also continue working with neighboring rights collecting society PPL in formulating a new registration process for performer contributions to recordings.

"I am really thrilled that the Music Producers Guild has asked me to be the next chairman," added Levine. "Mike has done a superb job, as witnessed by the huge success of the inaugural Music Producers Guild Awards earlier this year - an event that has significantly raised our profile. I intend to build on the positive effect that the awards have achieved."

Levine is already an active member of the Musicians Union's executive committee and a director of PRS, MCPS and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), which he represents on the U.K. Music board. As a record producer for his label Hubris Records, he is currently involved with new signings the Glitches, Patch William and Natalie McCool. His radio production company Magnum Opus Broadcasting also produces a BBC Radio documentary series "The Record Producers."

An engineer and producer since 1975, Levine produced Culture Club's three U.K. multi-platinum albums.

The Music Producers Guild represents the interests of U.K. record producers, music recording engineers, mixers and anyone else directly involved in the production of recorded music in the U.K.