MARTIN DAVIES – CHAIRMAN
Martin has a wealth of experience in both the entertainment and Education Industries.
Martin Davies served as CEO of the Education Division at Holidaybreak Limited from June 2007 to 2010 when he was promoted to Group Chief Executive Officer of Holidaybreak Plc from April 19, 2010 to April 2012.
Previously Martin joined PGL as Chief Executive in 2004 and went onto lead an MBO in 2005.
He joined Allied Breweries as a graduate trainee where he spent 10 years in a variety of marketing and brand management roles, before joining Kingfisher as Trading Controller for entertainment at Woolworth’s in 1990.
After over 14 years in corporate roles he felt it was time to set up his own business and in 1994 he founded Tommy Boy Music in Europe. He established Tommy Boy Music as one of Europe’s top independent record labels setting up offices in London and Hamburg and distribution partnerships in every major market in Europe. In 1997, he moved to New York becoming President of the parent company Tommy Boy Inc. helping to establish as iconic independent music brand.
He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of JD Sports Fashion plc and serves as its Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, and Chairman of Sentric Music Ltd.
TREVOR NELSON MBE – PATRON
Trevor Nelson currently broadcasts across two radio networks. He presents weekdays, Monday to Friday 10:00am until 13:00 show on BBC Radio 1Xtra and presents a soul show on Wednesday evenings on BBC Radio 2.
In 2010 he was awarded with the special gold lifetime achievement award for his services to broadcasting, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Furthermore he has won a MOBO Award as Best DJ, he has released seven compilation albums, worked on numerous BBC shows, and owns a residency in the worlds famous Pacha Club in Ibiza, the list goes on.
As a pioneer in the urban scene, Nelson started his broadcasting career at Kiss in 1985. A few years later Nelson became director of the station and daytime DJ. Behind the decks Nelson cut his teeth as a DJ with Soul II Soul and promoted numerous club nights including the now legendary Lick parties. With a stint behind the scenes in A&R at Cooltempo, EMI, Nelson was instrumental in the careers of D’Angelo, Mica Paris and Lynden David Hall.
EWAN GRANT – MANAGING DIRECTOR MA
Ewan has experience across labels, publishing, artist management, sales, marketing and distribution. He has held senior management positions within the following companies and organisations: Ministry of Sound, Universal Music, BMG, Pinnacle, alongside successfully running his own publishing and retail business for the past 15 years. He has held various senior education roles at a variety of academies and universities.
He still runs his own consultancy: Death or Glory Music; artists managed include: Attack Attack and Feeder and acts published include Biffy Clyro. Specialising in marketing, publishing and artist management, he also lectured at the University of Westminster and SAE. He holds a Masters in Music Business Management from the University of Westminster and is currently an external examiner for the Music degree courses at University of Hertfordshire
SHABS JOBANPUTRA – FOUNDER
Shabs Jobanputra is a UK music business figure, whose Outcaste and Relentless labels have had a major impact on the British popular culture to place him in the top 20 of The Guardian’s list of the most influential ethnic minority figures in the media. He is currently MD of Relentless Records, which is a stand-alone division of Sony Music since 2012.
Shabs started his own PR company Media Village, which helped Sony records launch the UK careers of The Fugees and Jamiroquai. Furthermore he co-founded the Outcaste label in 1995. The label’s first signing Nitin Sawhney went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize and win a South Bank Show Award for his 1999 album Beyond Skin. In 1999 Relentless Records was set up as a joint venture with Ministry of Sound, and was at first conceived as a vehicle for one-off dance singles. (Releases include “Artful Dodger featuring Craig David’s Re-Rewind”, “Daniel Bedingfield’s Gotta Get Thru This” and “So Solid Crew’s 21 Seconds”.)
In the course of its subsequent evolution Relentless broadened its musical base to launch the careers of Joss Stone and KT Tunstall among many others. When the label was sold to Virgin in 2009, Shabs Jobanputra became president of Virgin UK. Artists he signed to the label included Emeli Sande, Professor Green, Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5. In 2012 Relentless Records became part of Sony Music UK.