Gerald Newson re-elected as PPL Performer Director

Today [26 November 2014], the eighth PPL Annual Performer Meeting (APM) took place at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London. As part of the formal business of the meeting Gerald Newson was re-elected to join both the PPL Performer and main Boards as a Performer Director.

The APM is for those performers registered with PPL and who have been paid PPL income in either of the preceding two financial years (in this case, 2012 and/or 2013).

PPL’s constitution requires that, at each APM, the longest serving Elected Performer Director(s) must step down and an election held. The incumbent director(s) may stand for re-election but alternative candidates may also be nominated to stand in the election. This year, Gerald Newson (current Chairman of the PPL Performer Board) was the Elected Performer Director due to step down as a result of this process. Gerald Newson and performer Ashley Mason stood for election this year; both candidates submitted written election statements prior to the meeting which can be viewed and downloaded online.

The second item of formal business at the meeting was the presentation of the Annual Performer Review, presenting key financial highlights from 2013, which include a 4% uplift in PPL’s licence fee income on 2012 to £176.9 million. An interactive, digital version of the review can be found online.

Insightful presentations were delivered by Performer Board Chairman Gerald Newson, PPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Leathem and Director of Performer Affairs Keith Harris. Peter thanked both the PPL Performer Board and main Board for their continued insight, support and governance. A ‘Q and A’ session then followed, with Peter inviting members to openly express their views and queries to the presentation panel.

Following the meeting Gerald said: “It is a privilege to be re-elected as a Performer Director. I will continue to do my utmost to represent the interests of PPL’s performer members.”

Peter Leathem also commented: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Gerald on his re-election. Over the years, Gerald has demonstrated a profound knowledge of the performer community. I very much look forward to continuing to work with him and I wish him every success in the role.”

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