Ian James
Non-executive Director since 1988 and Chair of the Board

Ian was Managing Director of Mushroom Music Pty Limited from 1986 to 2018 and now acts as Senior Consultant. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMCOS).

Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales and was employed by the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) from 1976 to 1986 in several management positions. He was appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Victoria University College of Business in 2014, the Board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) in 2016 and the Board of the Independent Music Publishers Forum (IMPF) in 2018.

Robert Aird
Non-executive Director since 1986

Robert recently retired from his position as Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Pty Limited, Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Ltd, Universal/MCA Publishing Pty Limited, Essex Music of Australia Pty Limited and Cromwell Music of Australia Pty Limited which he held for 16 years and remains on the board as Universal’s elected representative.

He is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and a Director of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA).

He previously held management positions at Polygram Records and was Managing Director of Rondor Music (Australia) Pty Ltd when it was an independent company.

Marianna Annas
Non-executive Director since 2011 and Deputy Chair of the Board

An experienced music lawyer and formerly at Simpsons Solicitors, Marianna has held senior legal and business affairs roles at major record labels and music publishers including BMG Australia, BMG New York and EMI Music Australia. She is currently Head of ABC Music Publishing, a Director of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA), a Director of the Australian Music Publishers’ Association (AMPAL), and an industry peer of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Marianna has presented at many music industry forums including Music Australia, Fuse Festival, Big Sound, WAMi, AWME, MusicNSW, Bondi Wave and at the Australian Institute of Music.

She holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of New South Wales.

Philip Burn
Non-executive Director since 2014

Philip is the Managing Director of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd since 1995. He was previously with Yamaha Music Australia for 18 years, and General Manager from 1987 to 1995. Philip is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Matthew Capper
Non-executive Director since 2005

Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd. He is also a Director of Chappell & Co (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wallaby Music Pty Ltd, Warner/Chappell Pty Ltd, Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and is a Director and Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Jaime Gough
Non-executive Director since 2015

Jaime is Managing Director at Native Tongue Music Publishing, an independent music publisher with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

After completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Bachelor of Business (Management) at Monash University, Jaime started working in the family business as Copyright and Royalties manager from the company’s inception in 2005, before becoming Creative Manager in 2007 where his role evolved to include A&R, Licensing and International catalogue management.

Prior to joining Native Tongue Jaime worked for music licensing company Mana Music and management company Mayday Management, representing The Go-Betweens, Mia Dyson, Renee Geyer and David Bridie.

Jaime is also a board member of AMPAL and has served on the board for non-profit youth music organisation The Push.

Peter Hebbes AM
Non-executive Director since 2002

Managing Director and owner of the independent music publishing and business consulting company Hebbes Music Group Pty. Ltd., and a director of CAS Music Australia. He is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL), Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), and a past Director and Deputy Chairman of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA). He has served on the board of the Music Industry Advisory Council (MIAC), the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the Australasian Music Performance Committee (AMPCOM) and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA). In addition, Peter is a past Chairman and a current director of Variety “the children’s charity” NSW, the co-founder and Trustee of The Golden Stave Foundation and a past board member of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia. In 2006 Peter was appointed as a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to the Australasian Music Industry and his extensive charity work.

Clive Hodson
Non-executive Director since 2016

Clive Hodson is the Owner/Managing Director of Perth based full service Publishing/Licensing company Perfect Pitch Publishing which represents both local and international writers and catalogues. Perfect Pitch has offices in Queensland and Perth. Clive was formally the General Manager, Shock Music Publishing and prior to that Head of ABC Music. Clive’s music business career has also involved 20 years in senior management positions – GM, A&R and Marketing - within the PolyGram/Universal Group. Clive was elected to the board of the PPCA (as independent labels representative) and the board of AIR (Association of Independent Record Labels) in 2006, the board of AMCOS in 2007 and again in 2016 (current) and the board of AMPAL in 2009 (currently Deputy Chair). Clive is a senior accredited lecturer (Certificate of Education – UNSW) in Music Publishing at Music Colleges in Sydney (AIM/TAFE) and Perth (WAAPA/TAFE) and guest speaker/panellist at Music Conferences nationally. Perfect Pitch is a major sponsor of the WAM (West Australian Music) & Fairbridge Youth Quest Songwriter of the Year competitions. His career started (and continues) as a writer/performer in Perth, Western Australia and moved through to the business side of the industry in 1978. Clive is also a registered writer with APRA. He continues to focus on signing and developing careers for writers and performers.

Steve McPherson
Non-executive Director since 2012

Steve is the CEO of Hillsong Music Publishing Australia, SHOUT! Music Publishing and City & Vine Production Music with an extensive background as a performer, producer and songwriter. Steve is honoured to work with world-renowned songwriters and producers achieving Grammy awards, multiple ASCAP and BMI awards in the USA and many other achievements across the globe. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in music publishing and copyright administration. In 2018, Steve completed his MBA through the Australian Institute of Business.

Steve also serves on the Board of Advisors to Christian Copyright Licensing International, is a Director of Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and serves on the Executive of the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA) in the United States.

Simon Moor
Non-executive Director since November 2013

Simon Moor is the Managing Director of Kobalt Music Group for Australia and New Zealand, General Manager, Kobalt Music Group Asia. As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for Kobalt’s publishing, recorded music services, and neighbouring rights businesses. In 2016 Simon took on the role of General Manager for Kobalt in Asia, establishing an office in Hong Kong and overseeing development of Kobalt Publishing and other new business in the Asia Region. Simon is currently a non-executive director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Previous to Kobalt, Simon started his music career at Mushroom Music as an A&R scout after completing a Bachelor Degree in Economics. Following this Simon worked for Sony Music from 1998 to 2003, both as Product Manager and then A&R Manager. Simon then accepted the role as Head of A&R for EMI Records where he was from 2003 to 2010, before being appointed Head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Damian Trotter
Non-executive Director since 1995

Damian is the Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and a former Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS). Damian is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA).

After joining CBS Records in 1981, he held various positions including Local Artist A&R/Marketing Manager and National Promotions Manager. After a brief stint at Warner Music in 1990 as General Manager of East West Records, he returned to Sony to head up the re-started publishing company in 1992.

Following the merger of Sony/ATV Music Publishing with EMI Music Publishing in 2012, Damian was appointed Managing Director of both companies.

Philip Walker
Non-executive Director since 2000

Philip is Chairman of Origin Music Group and Chairman of the Sago Group. He has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology. Philip is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management. He has previously served as a Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Craft Council of New South Wales. He was in practice as a Chartered Accountant, Auditor and Tax Agent from 1980 – 1998 and is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA). His not for profit work includes Chair of the Antony Kidman Foundation, a charity doing research and treatment in the area of youth mental health; Founder and chair of the Smoky Dawson Foundation and Vice Chair of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts supporting young people in the arts.


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