(CelebrityAccess) — UK Music CEO Michael Dugher announced that after almost three years at the helm of the industry trade body, he is stepping down.
Dugher joined UK Music in early 2017 and took the point on the organization’s key campaigns such as fighting to change laws to protect the dwindling collection of independent music venues in the UK. He also helped to establish regional Music Boards and orchestrated the #LoveMusic campaign aimed at copyright reform in the EU.
Before joining UK Music, he served in the House of Commons as a Labour MP and also held senior roles at Whitehall, including a Special Advisor and Chief Political Spokesman to the Prime Minister.
Before he was elected to the House of Commons in 2010, Michael spent eight years working in Whitehall in a variety of senior roles as a Special Advisor, including at No. 10 Downing Street as Chief Political Spokesman to the Prime Minister. Michael was also previously Director of UK Government Relations for EDS (now Hewlett Packard), a global technology services company, and Head of Policy for the AEEU (now Unite the Union).
A self-taught musician, Dugher plays several instruments and still performs in public on occasion, including a recent gig at Liverpool’s Cavern Club and on TV as a guest musician, along with members of Dodgy and Maximo Park, on Matt Forde’s ‘Unspun’ show.
After his exit from UK Music, Dughat will accept a new position as CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council.