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Labour politician Michael Dugher becomes new UK Music chief executive

Laura  Barnes
Labour politician Michael Dugher becomes new UK Music chief executive

UK Music has announced that Labour politician Michael Dugher will be its new chief executive.

Dugher will replace outgoing UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple after almost nine years with the organisation and five years in the role.

Dugher is a former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and has been a Labour MP for the seat of Barnsley East since 2010. He announced he was leaving the House of Commons earlier this month and he will become the third chief executive since UK Music was launched in 2008.

He was previously a special adviser in numerous government roles, including Defence, Transport, Local Government, as well as for the Leader of the House of Commons and for the Government Chief Whip.
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He also worked in industry as UK director of government relations for EDS, then a large global technology services business (now Hewlett Packard).

"I'm thrilled to have been appointed chief executive of UK Music. I have engaged with the organisation for several years and have seen it go from strength to strength thanks to its board, chairman Andy Heath and previous CEOs Feargal Sharkey and Jo Dipple,” said Dugher.

“There is a great team at UK Music who do brilliant work and I'm really looking forward to working with them.”

Read more on story over at Music Week.

Tags: uk music , music week , Appointments , Jo Dipple , Michael Dugher

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