Speakers 2016

Sound Development brought 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 came together for the first time ever.

Paul Broadhurst,
Senior Cultural Policy Officer – Music, Greater London Authority

Paul leads on the Mayor’s work with young people and the arts. He works with the Mayor’s Music Education Steering Group to improve provision for young musicians. He commissions research and runs events to help London’s schools, Music Services and arts organisations work more closely together. He also oversees Gigs – the Mayor’s annual young buskers competition, and works closely with the Mayor’s Music Fund on its Scholarship and Partnership Programmes. Paul is an occasional violinist, pianist and Balinese gamelan player.

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CEO, Brooke Smith Planning Consultants Ltd / former Global President Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with experience drawn, over 30 years, from the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. She established a Birmingham based planning and development consultancy in 1994. Today, Brooke Smith Planning has affiliated offices across the UK and works internationally.

The Practice advises on all legal and commercial aspects of the planning and development processes and Louise and others in her team are experienced expert witnesses at public inquiries and tribunals.

Louise was the first female Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2014-15) and inter alia, champions diversity & inclusivity across the property sector. She is a Freeman of the City of London and her various accolades include; Outstanding Woman in Construction (2015) and National Achiever in Construction (2015).

She holds a number of non-executive positions and is frequently asked to speak on aspects of the planning and development industry. She is an adviser to various UKGov Departments and has recently been appointed Board Chairman of All We Can – the International Aid Agency.

paul callaghan cbe, dl,
chair of the leighton group

Paul is Chairman of the Leighton Group, the set of technology, software, media and communications businesses he founded, whose clients include British Airways, the BBC, Sony, IKEA, Nike, Levis, Sage, Panasonic and Virgin Atlantic. From its HQ at Rainton Bridge, Sunderland, it operates globally with offices in London, Washington DC, Seattle, Paris, Singapore and Sydney.

Until June 2012 Paul was Chairman of ONE North East and Chair of Chairs of all of England’s Regional Development Agencies. He is currently Chair of the Sunderland Economic Leadership Board, of the University of Sunderland, of Red House Academy, of Live Theatre and the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. He also sits on the Boards of the Northern Education Trust, the Sunderland Cultural Partnership and Sunderland Culture Ltd.

Paul helped formed the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust in 2013 and is developing a cultural quarter in the city centre. This will include a new auditorium for music, dance and performance and the conversion of a number of Edwardian buildings for cultural and artistic use.

Born and educated in Sunderland Paul trained as a economist and has a first degree in Economics from the LSE, a Masters degree in Management and Education from Newcastle University and a further Masters degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Salford and has written several books on Business, Economics and Information.

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Councillor Clare Coghill,
Portfolio Lead Member – Economic Growth and High Streets, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Clare Coghill was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow. She became Junior Cabinet Member for Health later in the same year. Subsequently, she held a junior portfolio focused on Town Centres.

Clare was appointed as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in May 2012, leading the Council’s work on Children’s Social Care, Safeguarding and Education.

Since 2014, Clare has been the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets and has led a fresh approach to regeneration, planning and development. Waltham Forest has excellent infrastructure, green space and transport links, therefore the priorities lie in developing new, good quality, affordable housing and vibrant town centres. Clare’s recent policy innovations have focussed on pubs, the night-time economy and economic growth.

In addition, Clare works for Barry Sheerman MP for Huddersfield advising him on education and other policy issues.

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James Drury is the editor of website, which is all about the best city on earth, read by over a million people. A music journalist and editor for much of his 18-year career, he has written for publications such as Wired, NME, The Times, Audience, Total Production and many more. He is former managing director of Festival Awards Ltd, where he oversaw the growth of the UK Festival Conference, and the UK and European Festival Awards.

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Martin first started promoting bands in the late seventies while at Bristol University. He founded the Bristol Recorder (label magazine).In 1982 he co-promoted the first WOMAD festival with Peter Gabriel. In 1983 he moved to London, worked for the Rough Trade booking agency looking after acts including the Smiths and New Order and he began his long involvement with Glastonbury festival. 

During the 1990’s he managed bands, continued working with New Order and increased his Glastonbury involvement to become the main booker. In the last decade his focus has been on festivals, events and conventions.In 2005 he co founded the Great Escape and M for Montreal. With Stephen Budd and OML set up the NH7 festivals in India. In 2012-13 he spent a year as official 'Thinker in Residence' to South Australia...focusing on live music. 2015 he set up the Music Cities convention with Sound Diplomacy.

James Harris,
Policy & Networks Manager,
Royal Town Planning Institute

James Harris is the Policy and Networks Manager at the Royal Town Planning Institute, responsible for policy work on regeneration, infrastructure and the environment. He runs the RTPI’s Regeneration and Transport Planning Networks, and has degrees in Sustainable Urbanism (UCL) and Sustainable Development (University of St Andrews).

Co-founder, the mill co. project

Nick Hartwright is one of London's leading social entrepreneurs. He is a huge supporter of the arts, and culture-based projects, and wants to make them accessible to all. In the first instance he is a placemaker and has been, and is, involved in a number of exciting regeneration projects in the capital that are ultimately making people's lives, and communities, better. His projects are about regeneration, not gentrification, and all of Nick's spaces are sustainable, deliverable and affordable. He takes on derelict buildings, places that might be crumbling, and works with local authorities to restore them, give them a new lease of life and make them focal points in local and creative communities. Nick is committed to making London's art scene flourish, and is incredibly supportive of creative minds. 

He is also the co-founder of The Mill Co. Project, a social enterprise that provides work and project spaces at extremely competitive rates for artists and small creative companies. Tenants are provided with a space to work in, performance areas and stages to put on shows or exhibitions by night, a network of other artists to collaborate with, a creative agency they can work with, and a store where they can sell their products. Under Nick's stewardship the The Mill Co. Project has grown incredibly quickly. Starting in 2010, it now operates nearly 100,000 square foot of workspace, theatre space, cafes, bars and restaurants across London, and supports over 100 SMEs.

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Julia Jones has over 20 years experience in the field of music and behaviour. Originally working as a sport psychologist with GB Olympic squads using music in high performance, then creating music based campaigns for brands to engage consumers.

Her research into music, behaviour and health has been published in scientific journals, trade press and consumer publications. Julia’s recent PhD research examined the effects of music on generations. Her company Found In Music creates and manages music and entertainment based activations for a wide range of clients, including the management of the Mayor of London’s “Busk in London” programme.

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DR. Jaanus jusS,
CEO, Telliskivi creative city

Jaanus is the founder and CEO of Telliskivi Creative City, an award-winning private development that serves as a community platform for the creative industry in Tallinn, Estonia. Once a derelict Soviet-era industrial complex, Telliskivi has been converted into a vibrant hub for 250 creative companies with 1,000 people working in ten buildings.

Jaanus took a curator's approach to tenant selection, providing deep discounts to small tenants in creative industries and balancing that with enlightened companies from more traditional sectors. Encouraging active cultural participation among tenants and the local community, Jaanus mixes business and culture without compromise. It has proven to be a sustainable and profitable model that is already being applied to new projects under way.

Jaanus is also the Managing Partner at Arcis Real Estate which focuses on co-investment opportunities in the Baltic property markets through hands-on asset management. Prior to founding Telliskivi Creative City, Jaanus served as COO at one of the leading property funds in the Baltics where he structured deals, managed investments, and ran investor relations.

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nick keynes,
Partner, Tileyard Studios, London

Former songwriter/producer Nick runs all aspects of Tileyard Studios on a day to day basis. He has successfully led the team that has over the past five years, transformed Tileyard Studios into London's leading creative hub. He is responsible for the further development of the complex and works closely within Tileyard Music to explore further opportunities for artists and songwriters. Nick's clients include writer/producers such as Mark Ronson, The Prodigy, Chase and Status and Sigala as well as a growing list of creative companies such as LocalGlobe, Lystable, Sound Advice and some of the top music companies in the world.

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Tom has been at UK Music since June 2012. Prior to that he was the Senior Political and Parliamentary Adviser in the House of Lords. In 2012 Tom was awarded Dods Parliamentary Researcher of the Year.

Tom was a founding architect of the Live Music Act 2012 which deregulated live music in small venues and has worked on a number of IP/copyright issues affecting the music industry (such as the Digital Economy Act, Copyright Term Extension, the Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth) both before and after joining UK Music.


Philip Kolvin QC is a barrister specialising in the leisure economy. He is Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which specialises in town and country planning, property and public law. He acts for and advises operators, developers, public authorities and community groups. He is the author of several leading books in his field, including Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy, which explains how the public and private sectors can combine to create sustainable and diverse leisure economies.

Philip is the Patron and past Chair of the Institute of Licensing, which is the professional body for licensing practitioners in the UK.  He is a legal advisor to the Night Time Industries Association and the Confederation of British Pubs. He is a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority. He is a past Chair of Best Bar None, which accredits safe bars, and Purple Flag, which recognises great town centre leisure areas. He was a co-opted expert on Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, which was the assurance body for the sustainability of the London Olympics.

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Dominic Nutt, 
Communications Director,
british property federation

A global communications professional with 20 years’ experience. Skilled at developing and implementing strategic communications plans for complex and international organisations, risk management and forging on‑brand and strong alliances across all relevant disciplines – including policy, media, campaigns and marketing functions.

A renowned business culture and change manager, using effective internal‑communications to empower colleagues to drive together to achieve
the organisation’s ambitious strategic goals. A cost‑conscious senior manager running a budget of more than £2 million.

john mcrae bsc (hons) DIp arch riba,
director, orms

John McRae joined London based practice Orms in June 1997 after graduating from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and is co owner of the practice.

John has experience in a variety of sectors that include workplace, education, residential and healthcare and his passion is creating a built environment that contributes to the users wellbeing and is sensitive to their individual and collective needs.

He worked closely with the charity Teenage Cancer Trust to develop a design blueprint for their developments throughout the UK and has completed projects in Cardiff and Cambridge. The Skypad Cardiff, the practices first healthcare project, received a number of prestigious awards including Building Better Healthcare Judges Special Award, RIBA Award and BD Architect of the Year for Healthcare.

John led our workplace projects for The Relay Building, MediaCom, Deerbrook and Zodiac Maritime Shipping. He is a member of British Council for Offices and has contributed to a number of industry conferences including; Ecobuild, RIBA: good design it all adds up, Future Health & Care Expo, Future of Sustainability webinar and BEST. John contributes comments and articles regularly to industry journals and is a member of the Design Exchange and Lighting magazine editorial boards.

John is currently leading our mixed use scheme at St Giles Circus which will respect and reinforce the music heritage of the Denmark Street area by providing two flexible music venues, retaining music related uses and a route through the site to the new cross rail exit. The project also includes an urban gallery, retail, hotel, office space and residential units. John has appeared on the Robert Elms radio show and London live to outline the proposals for the scheme.

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Mirik Milan is an experienced creative director for events. Throughout the years he has been busy organizing parties, fashion shows and cultural events. As a promoter he travelled all over Europe, the United States and Asia in order to check out the latest and hottest trends in music and party events. Thanks to his years of technical experience he knows exactly how to process the trends he spots in society into attainable ideas, and how to bring together the right professionals in order to execute these ideas successfully. Companies he has worked for recently are VICE, Stedelijk Museum, Spotify, DIESEL, Jameson, Aids Fonds, Meubel Stukken and the City of Amsterdam.

Together with DJ Joost van Bellen Mirik is running the Rauw club night since 2003. Rauw introduced artists like Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Justice, Busy P, Crookers, Brodinski and Gesaffelstein to the Dutch dance scene.

Since 2012 Mirik Milan is the Night Mayor of Amsterdam. The Night Mayor is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to ensure a dynamic nightlife and helps to build bridges between the municipality, (small) business owners and residents. By creating a mutual understanding, the Night-Mayor changes the game. As the Night Mayor Mirik is a spokesman for all things concerning nightlife in the Dutch capital. Amsterdam is a city of innovation. The introduction of 24-hour permits in the Hotel and Catering Industry in 2013 marked a major change. The Night-Mayor was actively involved in introducing these licenses. It was a significant moment for the city of Amsterdam.

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Alan Miller, Chairman of The Night Time Industries Association

Alan Miller is Chairman of The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA). The NTIA was formed to promote the benefits and enormous contribution of the Night Time Industries, the entrepreneurs that create and innovate across the UK contributing 66 Billion UKP per year in revenue and boosting employment, regenerating and generally improving our cities.

Alan was CEO of The Vibe Bar for almost 20 years, until Nov 2014. He is the co-founder of the Truman Brewery, a 10-acre site in London’s East End. The Truman Brewery now has over 200 companies, ranging from recording studios to art galleries, entertainment spaces, restaurants, bars, cafes, fashion and retail. It has helped regenerate a significant area of London, creating a new cultural quarter. Alan sat on The Arts Council’s London Arts Board for several years. He is on the board of the Mayor of London's Night Time Commission and Music Development Board.

Alan speaks internationally about the benefits of Night Time Industry and how Urban Planning and cities can benefit from the cultural and economic activities of this sector. He is often quoted in the international press and writes regularly for major publications and appears with major broadcasters. The current campaign The NTIA is heading up is #NightlifeMatters which has international artists, promoters, labels, festivals and creative businesses supporting across Britain with the main emphasis of having the public engaged and mobilised to share their views on how much they love nightlife. 

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With over 20 years of experience in the public sector, Paula Murray has held high profile, public sector positions across the UK, building key partnerships to develop and deliver arts and cultural programmes. Paula is currently Creative Director at Croydon Council, and is responsible for the shaping of the Borough’s cultural programme. This includes the development of a new offer for Fairfield Halls, Croydon main arts venues, which is undergoing a major £30m refurbishment as part of a wider development scheme creating a cultural and educational quarter for the borough. 

Before joining Croydon Council, Paula played a crucial role at Brighton & Hove City Council, where she has worked for 18 years on delivering the city’s cultural and tourism offer, including managing Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and Museums, supporting major events, developing and protecting the city’s heritage and cultural offer. At Brighton & Hove City Council Paula held a variety of positions, from Project Manager Arts and Culture and Head of Arts and Creative Industries, to Commissioner for Culture and Assistant Chief Executive.

First Base/Silvertown

He switched from a career in advertising to consult leading global brands on how to sculpt powerful brand experiences within physical spaces. Ben passionately believes that brands need to invest into tangible face-to-face experiences with their employees and consumers to succeed. “As brands become commoditised in a post-internet world, brands are investing heavily in channels that allow them to differentiate from their competitors. The physical store has the potential to be the most powerful and effective form of media available to a brand because it offers an experience, which if crafted properly, cannot be replicated online.”

Ben has witnessed the popularity for brands to create physical experiences to connect with their consumers, promote and communicate, to showcase and experiment with new designs, products and ways of working. Ben has advised brands including Vodafone, Adidas, Philips, Unilever and The Macallan. Ben’s latest challenge is to attract leading edge brands to Silvertown, a 7 million sq ft in London’s Royal Docks, to create an interesting and diverse mix of innovative and creative businesses.

Andrew Russell,
Planner, Greater London Authority

Andrew is a town planner in the Greater London Authority’s London Plan team at City Hall. His work focuses on housing and cultural policy. He was a member of the previous Mayor’s music venues taskforce and helped draft the Rescue Plan report and the A to Z of Planning and Culture, working with the Music Venues Trust, the GLA culture team and other industry stakeholders. He has also drafted pro-cultural planning guidance for central London which aims to implement Agent of Change principles.

mary-alice stack,
chief executive, creative united

Mary-Alice Stack is Chief Executive of Creative United, an independent Community Interest Company that specialises in the development of innovative finance solutions to enable growth within the arts and creative industries.

With a background in the visual arts, Mary-Alice has a longstanding interest in the area of arts and health, having spent the formative years of her professional career working for the charity Paintings in Hospitals, and subsequently as Chair of Westminster Arts, a charity that promotes social inclusion through the development and delivery of innovative arts based activities and experiences.

The social impact and value of the arts continues to be her primary focus and source of inspiration in her role as Chief Executive of Creative United, a company which she was instrumental in setting up in 2013 as a spin out from Arts Council England.

Prior to the establishment of Creative United, she was Director of ArtCo Projects at Arts Council England where she was responsible for the development and delivery of the Own Art, Take it away and Creative Industry Finance programmes. These programmes are now being taken forward and developed further by her at Creative United, alongside new initiatives such as their recently launched ArtsCard programme.

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andrew tuck,
founding editor, monocle

Andrew Tuck is the founding editor of Monocle magazine and host of The Urbanist, the only radio show in the world dedicated to making better cities. The programme has explored such themes as how to run a city hall, gentrification, Olympic city legacies and green space, and has featured interviews with the world’s leading urban thinkers and mayors. Andrew is also the editor of The Monocle Book Collection, including The Monocle Guide to Better Living, and the ever-expanding Travel Guide Series featuring 16 cities; both are published by Gestalten. Prior to joining Monocle, Andrew was the executive editor of the Independent on Sunday newspaper in the UK and also ran their Sunday and Saturday magazines.

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Richard Upton,
Deputy chief executive, U+I PLC

Richard is a creative entrepreneur who happens to be well educated in the field of property development and investment. He is an Honours Graduate of Reading University’s Land Management (Development and Planning Specialist) and has established, built and sold four property investment and professional companies in the past two decades.

He pioneered one of London’s leading house builders, Mount Anvil, in 1991 delivering 5,000 student bedrooms which have since won numerous awards and also established Cathedral Healthcare Plc, a leading primary healthcare company from scratch. Richard founded Cathedral Group Plc in 1998 and has nurtured the company into a six million sq. ft. market-leading pioneer in public private partnership developments.

He was the driving force behind Cathedral’s values and vision to create social and economic growth through redevelopment. Richard merged Cathedral with Development Securities Plc in May 2014.

Richard is a keen patron of the Arts and is passionate about the quality of place. He sets the strategic direction of U+I and has a clear vision for what the company can achieve for the wider community, beyond its commercial objectives. Richard is a member of the Advisory Committee for English Heritage. He also represents U+I in our sponsorship of the Architecture Foundation, British Property and is an advisor on regeneration to a number of local authorities.

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Councillor Sue Vincent,
London Borough of Camden

Sue Vincent is former deputy leader and lead cabinet member for community engagement for the London Borough of Camden and a member of the development control committee.  Since 1989 she has been working in the field of urban design training, partnership building and planning; successfully giving evidence at a Planning Enquiry to preserve a street of late 17c houses within the historic Seven Dials Conservation Area.  Sue has contributed to the design and delivery of urban design programmes for local authorities, is a seasoned event organiser and a member of the Consortium currently developing the CABE urban design summer school.

Sue has also designed and implemented successful management strategies for companies and community organisations; she had nationwide experience of fieldwork management, survey development and analysis in transportation research, before spending 5 years in Africa, where amongst other things she learnt to fly, drive ex-army trucks and pole a dug-out canoe.  Sue settled in Botswana, leading fishing and photographic safaris in the remote Okavango Delta.

Sue currently works with the Denmark Street Traders to ensure a vibrant music legacy in Tin Pan Alley; she is a Director of Dragon Hall an urban oasis for diversionary youth activities in Covent Garden, and Chair of Trustees at Seven Dials Club, London.

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Beverley Whitrick,
Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network by securing the long term future of grassroots music venues. We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences.

Beverley's role includes the running of the Trust, coordination of campaigns and communication, fundraising, profile raising, building the ever-growing database, producing Venues Day, developing the Music Venues Alliance and its trade association (TAMVA), liaising with arts and cultural sector partners and representing Music Venue Trust(and through it the Music Venues Alliance) at national and international meetings.

Beverley has over 20 years' experience of Arts Development, event management, tour co-ordination, building networks, funding, evaluation and strategy. She has worked as a local government Arts Development Officer in 3 different authorities and as a freelance Arts Consultant in London and Barcelona.

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