UK Music chief Jamie Njoku-Goodwin departs to join UK Prime Minister as director of strategy

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UK Music chief Jamie Njoku-Goodwin is set to leave the organisation after three years to become UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s director of strategy. 

Njoku-Goodwin first joined UK Music in September 2020 as chief executive and helped to navigate the music industry body through the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his tenure, Njoku-Goodwin helped to secure vital financial support for the UK music sector during the pandemic, championed the importance of music education through the new National Plan for Music Education, and helped to lead efforts for the safe return of live music following various lockdowns.

“Jamie joined UK Music when the sector was in the midst of a crisis due to the impact of COVID,” said UK Music chairman Lord Watson. “He swiftly played a key role in securing the vital support the industry needed to help get back on its feet.

“He is a passionate advocate for our sector and has worked tirelessly on behalf of UK Music and our members in our shared determination to grow our industry, create skilled jobs, boost music education and help make the music business an inclusive and welcoming place to work.”

Njoku-Goodwin added: “The UK music industry is one of this country’s great national assets, and it’s been a privilege to represent it for the past three years. Leading UK Music through what was the toughest of times for our sector during the pandemic, when the music industry faced an existential struggle, has been an immense honour.

“I’m delighted our sector is in much better shape now to take on the challenges and opportunities it faces in the future.”

Prior to joining UK Music, Njoku-Goodwin was a government special advisor. He is a trustee of Britten Pears Arts, and sits on the board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Arts Council England’s National Council. He is also a member of the Council of the Royal College of Music.

UK Music deputy chief executive Tom Kiehl will take on the role of interim chief executive.