Trustees & Patrons
We have a Board of Trustees, chaired by Adam Barker, who with a wealth of experience and commitment to music, help us run the charity effectively and fairly.
Jim was educated at Cheltenham College and graduated in law from Cambridge.
As the senior music partner at law firm Harbottle & Lewis, he built one of the leading music practices in London in the 1970’s. In 1978 he gave up his partnership to concentrate on artist management and music, film and television production.
He has become one of the world’s most respected music managers (continuing to manage acts such as Queen and Electric Pyramid) and has produced numerous feature films and music shows for television.
His TV experience is global, having produced shows with NHK Japan, Universal TV USA, Globo TV Brazil, TVE Spain, RAI Italy, DoRo Productions Austria, Mafilm Hungary, Swiss TV, Carlton Television and the BBC amongst others. He has executive produced or produced numerous specials including: La Nit, a musical extravaganza filmed in conjunction with the Barcelona Olympic Committee in Barcelona; the Montreux Jazz Festival, 19 consecutive days filmed in 1991 and 1992 for which he was nominated for a Grammy for his tribute to Miles Davis; Queen - Live in Budapest, the first ever live stadium concert in the Eastern Block as a co-production with Mafilm; The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, live to 76 countries around the world from Wembley Stadium in April 1992; Days of our Lives a 90 minute documentary on Queen for the BBC in 2011; and The Great Pretender a 90 minute documentary on Freddie Mercury also for the BBC, for which he received an Emmy.
He worked with 46664 Concerts, a South African company wholly owned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which was set up in 2003 to launch Nelson Mandela’s global AIDS awareness campaign 46664. He co-produced with Jean-François Cecillon the first 46664 concert at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town in November of that year and subsequently produced the second 46664 concert in South Africa at Fancourt in George. Both concerts were filmed for worldwide television. Subsequent to the Fancourt concert, Jim produced the World AIDS Day 46664 concert at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg 1st December 2007, the celebratory 90th birthday concert for Nelson Mandela in Hyde Park on 27th June 2008 and Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday concert at Radio City Hall in New York on 18th July 2009.
Jim has been the Executive Producer for several feature films. These include ‘Cross Country’ for MGM UA, ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’ for Orion Pictures, ‘The Krays’ for Parkfield Entertainment, ‘The Reflecting Skin’ for British Screen and the BBC, Michael Winner’s ‘Dirty Weekend’, ‘Death Machine’ for JVC and Entertainment UK, ‘The Passion of Darkly Noon’ for Entertainment UK and the Newmarket Group, Chris Rea’s ‘La Passione’ for Time Warner, Love Honour and Obey for the BBC and Final Cut starring Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Ray Winstone. ‘The Krays’ won the coveted Evening Standard Award for the Best British Picture of 1990 and ‘The Reflecting Skin’ won awards at numerous European film festivals, including winning the Silver Leopard at the Lugano Film Festival. Both films were distributed by Miramax in the USA and were voted in the top ten films of the year by the Los Angeles Times. He is currently developing a Queen feature film with GK Films in Los Angeles.
His theatre work included Monty Python at Drury Lane and at City Center New York and ‘Side by Side with Sondheim’, and he produced the Monty Python Reunion Shows at London’s 02 Arena in July 2014. He developed the stage musical We Will Rock You with Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions in New York and Phil McIntyre Entertainments in London.
In 2015 the Music Managers Forum awarded him the Peter Grant Award for outstanding management services to the Music Industry.
He is a Trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation and the Mercury Phoenix Trust - Fighting AIDS Worldwide.