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Dugher takes a bet on new role

16 January 2020

UK MUSIC CEO Michael Dugher is stepping down after almost three years leading the music industry trade body.

Since joining the organisation in 2017, Dugher has campaigned to change planning laws to protect music venues, challenged the government over the impact of rising business rates and supported the establishment of regional Music Boards.

Dugher will leave at the end of January to take up his new position as CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council.

“We have achieved great things for an industry that makes a huge and positive contribution to our country,” says Dugher.

“I have always believed in the power of music to transform lives and I am grateful for the opportunity UK Music’s members gave me back in 2017, to play a part in what is a wonderful organisation.”

Deputy CEO Tom Kiehl, will take over as acting CEO during the process of recruiting a new chief executive.

Dugher’s former roles include being Labour MP for Barnsley East for seven years and shadow secretary of state for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in Westminster.

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