We appoint first Director of External Affairs

We are excited to announce our first Director of External Affairs and promoted an individual whose drive and commitment has helped rebuild the organisation from within.

CB FULLSeven years ago Christine Brown joined the then Musicians Benevolent Fund fresh from a stint at Decca Records. She was employed initially as a temp to assist within the Communications team. Fast forward to 2016 and Christine has just helped develop our new five year strategy, will be leading a team of twelve and has joined the charity’s leadership team.

As Director of External Affairs she will lead the expanded Communications and Partnerships team, co-ordinate the charity’s new campaigns strategy as well as working to achieve the organisation’s most ambitious fundraising target to date. The charity expects Christine’s appointment to act as a catalyst for a wave of activity which begins at the forthcoming The Great Escape Festival in Brighton with the launch of a new mental health campaign.

Chief Executive, Richard Robinson, said: “When I joined the charity in September 2015 it was clear that HMUK needed to modernise and refocus its offer. Christine’s knowledge of the charity and music industry has enabled HMUK to proactively change its business model and look to create more impact for the lives and careers of musicians.

“Christine’s talent was proven during the strategy to rebrand this organisation back in 2014. Her appointment to Director of External Affairs enables her to take the next step and now play a role in shaping the culture and the ethos of the charity as we head towards HMUK’s centenary in 2021. These are incredibly exciting times for Help Musicians UK and I am absolutely delighted that we have such an innovative and ambitious individual leading our external affairs brief.” 

Christine added: “I am honoured to be taking my first steps as a Director with HMUK, a cause I have been passionate about for seven years. I firmly believe that our new strategy will reposition us to the heart of the profession and industry and I look to the future with excitement and ambition.

“I’m proud to be heading up HMUK’s new mental health campaign which we launch on Friday at The Great Escape. There’s much more to come in 2016 so watch this space.”

This appointment comes hot on the heels of the recruitment of our first Creative Director, Claire Gevaux, and Richard Robinson’s announcement as CEO in late 2015. We plan to roll out a more proactive strategy in 2016/17 which will see it balance our well-known health and welfare priorities with a more impactful approach to creative programming. 


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