A musician and former advisor to David Cameron and Matt Hancock, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has been chosen by the UK national music industry body, UK Music, as its new Chief Executive.
Over 200 applicants were considered to succeed Michael Dugher, who stood down in January. Joining former Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who is UK Music Chair, Njoku-Goodwin’s appointment signals the importance of government connections as all sectors of the music industry struggle through the pandemic crisis.
‘Jamie is a first class appointment and brings renewed leadership to UK Music at a vital time for the industry,’ said Watson. ‘His experience of working at the heart of Government will be invaluable to the industry as we make the case to ministers that our sector needs further support as we return to being a net contributor to the country’s economy.’
Njoku-Goodwin’s arrival has been widely welcomed by the various partners in UK Music, many of whom had already worked with him when he was at the Department for Digital, Media and Sport.
Njoku-Goodwin thanked his predecessor Michael Dugher and Tom Kiehl, who stood in as Acting CEO from February for their work to date and admitted he was taking on a tough task.
‘There are big challenges facing commercial music, like the impact of coronavirus, the importance of copyright, and the need for more action on diversity and inclusion. But for all the challenges, there are also huge opportunities – and I am confident that with the right support, the music industry can be the British success story of the 2020s.’