London, 2018


Sound Development brings together the top minds from the private and public sectors. Leading experts from the music industry, to those in development, city planning and urban regeneration.

Matthew Newby, Planner, Spatial Planning and Policy team, London Borough of Newham

Matthew is a Planner within the Spatial Planning and Policy team at the London Borough of Newham. His primary responsibilities include plan-making particularly around the development of economic, cultural and transport policies as part of the Local Plan and advising on policy related matters within the Development Management process. Prior to his role at Newham he has worked for a Housing Association and a development consultancy on housing and development matters. He holds a Masters in Planning and a degree in Property Development and Planning at the University West of England. With a keen interest in music and alongside his role in planning, he is an advocate for ensuring culture and music is promoted through the planning system.


Bobby Bloomfield, record producer & co-founder, The rattle

Bobby Bloomfield is a record producer and co-founder of The Rattle. As a member of "Does It Offend You Yeah” he has toured extensively in the USA, Asia, Europe and the UK. His music has been used in games such as Gran Turismo, The Sims, movies like Fast & Furious and The A Team and by Pixar at The Academy Awards. The Rattle’s mission is to use startup methodology to empower diverse emerging artists to DIY their careers beyond the old album cycle concept. This way they hope to plug the cultural gap left by the collapse of the music industry and topple the 20th century rock dinosaurs still lurking at the top of festival bills. 

Clare hebbes, Director of Place and Urban Infrastructure, Lend Lease Development, Europe

Clare is responsible for Place, public realm and infrastructure across Lendlease’s European development portfolio including the International Quarter at Stratford and Elephant and Castle. Following a degree in engineering, Clare spent her early career working on a variety of building projects but following a growing interest in the way that large projects were put together, she moved into development and has spent the last 15 years working on the client side of major urban regeneration projects. For much of this period, she has been involved in the strategic planning, design and delivery of spaces and infrastructure for large sites covering public realm, highways and utilities.

danny keir, Global Head of Business Development, Sound Diplomacy

Danny is the Global Head of Business Development of Sound Diplomacy, the leading global advisory on Music Cities, providing music strategy and research to cities and governments.

Danny has over 7 years experience working closely with musicians at varying stages of their careers from developing artists starting out to festival headliners. Following a brief period with Moshi Moshi Records Danny joined Black Book Management to work with artists such as Razorlight, Noisettes and Lucy Rose. Danny also set up and ran a small label and through this label he released singles from Lucy Rose, Glitches and Johnny Borrell amongst others and orchestrated promotional strategies, social media management and merchandise design. 

nick keynes, tileyard studios

Nick Keynes is the former bassist in pop band Ultra who were signed to Warners in the late 90s. The band had number one hits in Australia, Italy and Spain and enjoyed three UK top 20 hits. After Ultra, three of the band members set up a music company called Goldust who wrote and produced with/for artists including Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams and Liberty X. 

In 2011, along with new business partner and investor Paul Kempe of City & Provincial Properties (CPP), they embarked on an ambitious project to build a world-leading creative hub out of CPP’s Tileyard Studios complex in Kings Cross, and 6 years later the campus is home to over 80 progressional music studios for clients such as Mark Ronson, Sigala and The Prodigy as well as over 180 office spaces. The site is an important ecosystem in an exciting part of Central London, and includes business clients from companies such as Pretty Green, Rapha and Beats 1!


Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration, Legal and General Capital

Rachel works in Legal & General Capital — the direct investment arm of L&G — with a focus on urban regeneration. L&G is involved in over £3bn of regeneration projects in the UK, backing a portfolio of strategically important regeneration schemes that are fast transforming and reshaping Britain’s landscape, bringing jobs and housing back into the centre of cities and better utilising our existing infrastructure. As well as the origination of new opportunities, Rachel is responsible for the investment management of existing projects including MediaCityUK, Cardiff’s Central Square, Newcastle Science Central and Bracknell Town Centre.