Tony was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998-2008. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of the Parlophone label, working closely with artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys and Queen. He subsequently managed all of EMI’s UK labels, working with global artists including Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Tony has previously acted as Chairman of the BPI, the representative body of the UK recorded music industry, and Chairman of BRIT Awards Ltd. He is Chair of the Brit Trust, Governor of the BRIT School, Trustee of the Music Sound Foundation, Trustee of the EMI Archive Trust and sits on the board of the north east’s internationally famous music centre, the Sage in Gateshead.
Tony has a degree in Economics from Newcastle University and an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Gloucestershire. He was a Visiting Professor in the music and business schools of the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Music Week Strat Award for outstanding contribution to the UK music industry. In 2009 he was awarded the Scott Piering Award by the Radio Academy for outstanding contribution to music industry. In 2011 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the music industry.