UK Music Head Jo Dipple to Stand Down

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Jo Dipple, chief executive of umbrella trade organization UK Music, has announced that she will stand down from her role in June 2017.

Dipple joined UK Music in October 2008 as director of government relations, before becoming acting CEO in November 2011, after Feargal Sharkey, former singer of the Undertones and co-founder of the organization, resigned with immediate effect.

Dipple -- who is a trustee of the Mayor's Music Fund and the MOBO Trust - was officially appointed CEO in January 2012, with her role seeing her successfully lobby national and local government on copyright issues, protecting the U.K.'s live music industry and recognizing the vital role that the BBC plays in supporting British culture and music.

"I am privileged to have worked with successful industry bosses and supremely talented musicians and creators," said Dipple in a statement announcing her decision to stand down. "Music is part emotion and part business and the U.K. gets both right over and over again," she went on to say, paying tribute to UK Music's founders who were "determined to secure the very best regulatory landscape for this outstanding industry."

She added: "Its members will continue to bring a practical and business-like approach to opportunities and challenges ahead" calling the organization a "unique body with an exceptional membership."

"Jo has led the organisation to robust health," said Andy Heath MBE, chairman of UK Music, paying tribute to her leadership skills. "Her work in launching the UK Music Skills Academy led to a sea-change in training strategy for the sector. Seventy new apprenticeship jobs were created and there exists now a structured approach to improving entry-level access, ensuring open recruitment and driving diversity policies."

Heath also cited her work fighting piracy and challenging the courts over planning laws and copyright legislation. "Jo has built an outstanding team full of talent and ambition and has made UK Music into a highly visible presence," he surmised.

Dipple will continue in her role until June.


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