Who We Are

Board of Directors

George Ash - Universal Music Australia (Chair)
Denis Handlin, AO - Sony Music Entertainment Australia
Dan Rosen - Warner Music Australia
Josh Pyke - Artist Representative
Lindy Morrison, OAM - Artist Representative
Bill Cullen - Manager Representative
David Vodicka - Licensor Representative
Duncan Collins -  Licensor Representative


PPCA Patrons

Clare Bowditch
Paul Dempsey
Tim Levinson

 

Management

Annabelle Herd - Chief Executive Officer
Lynne Small - Chief Operating Officer
Linda Courtney - Manager, Distribution
Alistair Alderson - Manager, Business Technologies 
Rohini Sivakumar - Corporate Counsel -  Commercial

PPCA Board Chairman

  • George Ash

    George Ash

    PPCA Board Chairman

    George Ash became a member of the PPCA Board in August 2003.

    George is also the President Asia Pacific of Universal Music Australia (UMA), a division of the Universal Music Group.

    Prior to George's current position with Universal Music Australia, he held positions as Managing Director, UMA, Managing Director, Universal Music NZ, Managing Director, MCA Geffen NZ and held key management roles at BMG NZ. George has also held roles in Polygram Manufacturing and in the retail sector.

    George's passion for the music industry began as a musician and has spanned 25 years including holding a variety of roles in key industry bodies within the NZ Industry before relocating to Australia in his current role in 2001.

PPCA Board Members

  • Bill Cullen

    Bill Cullen

    PPCA Board Member

    Bill is the Managing Director of One Louder Entertainment, the management home to Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, Neil Finn, Alex The Astronaut, Kim Churchill and Ball Park Music.

    He has been involved in the music business since leaving school, and did a long stretch working with Grant Thomas Management, working with acts such as Crowded House and The Rockmelons. A five year stint in London followed, where he worked with the legendary Pete Jenner (manager of Pink Floyd, The Clash, Billy Bragg etc.), before going on to co-manage New Zealand act OMC (How Bizarre) who went on to a number one single and gold album in the US. He returned to Australia in 1999, and established One Louder, and has since had gold plus success with Alex Lloyd, George, Amiel, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke, End Of Fashion and Paul Kelly.

  • Dan Rosen

    Dan Rosen

    PPCA Board Member

    Dan Rosen is the President of Warner Music Australasia.  He is lawyer, policy advisor, musician a key advocate for Australia artists and the music industry.

    Prior to starting at Warner, Rosen served as the Chief Executive of ARIA and PPCA for a decade, the peak industry bodies for the Australian music industry.  Before joining ARIA and PPCA, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for ROO Media, a NASDAQ listed digital media company. Rosen is a Fulbright Scholar who completed his Masters of Law and Business at New York University.

    Before leaving for the States, Rosen worked as an Advisor to the Federal Minister of Communications, Richard Alston, after starting his career as a lawyer, specialising in media and technology, with Minter Ellison.
    As an artist with his band Second Dan notably won Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2003, and went on to independently release two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia. 

    Dan Rosen is a passionate voice for creative communities both at home and abroad, as a Director of Creative Partnerships Australia, Member of the Australian Government’s Creative Industries Taskforce, former Advisory Board member of the National Indigenous Music Awards, former Chair of the NSW Creative Industries Taskforce and member of the Victorian Government’s Creative Victoria Taskforce and most recently being at the forefront in advocating for Government support for the music and entertainment industries through the COVID pandemic.

  • David Vodicka

    David Vodicka

    PPCA Licensor Representative & Board Member

    David Vodicka is the owner of Rubber Records and the principal of entertainment law firm Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with over 20 years practice representing musicians, artists, composers, and recording and publishing entities. He has dealt in all facets of law affecting the creative industries, and has had considerable hands on experience in the music recording and publishing fields as director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. He is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and presently is chairman of the board of AIR (the Australian Independent Record labels association) and is a current board member of ARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association).

    He believes that the new digital era provides specific challenges for the recording industry and that ensuring that PPCA's members, and in particular the independent record labels,obtain a fair and equitable return for the public performance of their works is paramount.

  • Denis Handlin, AO

    Denis Handlin, AO

    PPCA Board Member

    Denis Handlin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand. He commenced his career with the company in 1970 and has been leading it since 1984. For ten years from 2010, Denis oversaw Sony Music’s operations in the Asia and Middle East region as President of Asia.

    Denis is renowned for his championing of Australian artists. Under his leadership, artists such as Men at Work, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Tones And I, The Kid Laroi, Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, Peking Duk, Gang of Youths and Ruel have achieved international recognition and success.

    Denis has been a member of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Board since 1984. He was Chairman of ARIA between 1999 and 2008, and was then reappointed Chairman from September 2010 and continues to hold that position. Denis has also held positions on the Boards of several industry associations including Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Asia Pacific Board. 

    Denis’ awards and achievements include becoming the first Sony Music Entertainment executive to be honoured with the Sony Corporation CEO Special Recognition Award in 1996. In 2005, he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and in 2017, elevated to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Denis has also been awarded the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the ARIA Icon Award. 

    Denis is a founding Director of Sony Foundation Australia, which was established in 1998 and has raised over $36 million for youth-based causes. He is the Patron of the Youth Off the Streets Scholarship Program and is a founding Board Member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation that supports children with autism.

  • Duncan Collins

    Duncan Collins

    Licensor Representative

    Duncan Collins is the Chief Operating Officer of TMRW Music Group, one of Australia's largest independent entertainment groups.  With a career spanning 20 years across the UK, Europe and Australia, he has been on the frontline of some of the biggest clubs in the world, as well as at the helm of one of the UK's most successful ever independent record companies, Ministry of Sound.

    Having moved to Australia in 2011, he now works hand in hand with Tim McGee running a group of independent music companies covering recordings, publishing, live events, artist management and venue management under the TMRW banner.  These include etcetc music, home to Pnau and Jax Jones, Ministry of Sound Events, home to the wildly successful Orchestrated live classical gigs, and Chinese Laundry, one of Australia's key club exports and a consistent feature in the World's Top 100 clubs.

    A regular contributor to international boards such as AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) and speaker at EMC (Electronic Music Conference Australia), he is well versed in every aspect of a modern entertainment business, from performing rights and business affairs all the way to live event management.  He is currently studying a Masters in Analytics at UNSW outside of his day to day role.

  • Josh Pyke

    Josh Pyke

    PPCA Artist Representative & Board Member

    Acclaimed multi-ARIA Award winning acoustic troubadour Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s most respected and successful musicians, with an extensive career that has taken him across the country and around the world.

    Josh has released 5 ARIA top ten solo albums, and won 4 ARIA’s  in a career that has spanned over 12 years. 

    Most recently, Pyke realised a long held dream in early 2015 when he played two special Sold Out shows at the Sydney Opera House backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The live recordings of this performance was released in 2016 and had 3 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Classical charts, and went on to win an ARIA in the 2016 ARIA awards.

    Josh has always used his public position to remain a staunch advocate for the arts. With his work as an ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as well as his own project for young musicians, The Josh Pyke Partnership, Pyke has endeavored to not only raise funds and awareness for the arts, but offer his insights and mentorship from his experience as a working musician. 

    Josh has also been a Patron for the PPCA, and was the elected Artist member representative on the Board of Directors for the PPCA in 2016.

  • Lindy Morrison, OAM

    Lindy Morrison, OAM

    PPCA Artist Representative & Board Member

    Lindy Morrison has been a member of the PPCA Board, as a representative of registered Australian recording artists, since 1994.

    Lindy toured the world as a drummer, with Zero (1978 – 79), The Go-Betweens (1980 – 89) and Cleopatra Wong, (1990 – 93). She recently played with Dave Mason (The Reels) in The Sandy Shores,  Alex the Astronaut and performed in Lauren Brincat’s Other Tempo.  

    Since 1993, Lindy has worked around Australia as the musical director or performer in shows, parades and festivals, and has led drum and music workshops with many diverse and varied community groups. She now works with Waverley Council on music programmes at the Bondi Pavilion.

    Lindy has a Bachelor of Social Work and is the part time social worker for Support Act Ltd—the benevolent society for musicians and workers in the music industry. In 2009 she completed her Masters in Legal Studies at UNSW. 

    Lindy has been a passionate advocate for artists’ rights throughout her career. She lectured on Copyright in the Creative Industries for decades. 

    In 2013 Lindy was awarded an Order of Australia medal for service to the Australian music industry. In 2015, she was awarded the APRA Ted Albert Award. 

    Lindy can be contacted at lindy.morrison@bigpond.com or at 0467 492 843.

PPCA Management

  • Annabelle Herd

    Annabelle Herd

    PPCA Chief Executive Officer

    Annabelle joins ARIA and PPCA following a 16-year career at Network 10 where she most recently held the role of Chief Operating Officer. At Network 10, Annabelle was responsible for leading the network’s broadcast operations; group strategy; corporate and internal communications; interstate markets; policy, regulatory, compliance and government affairs; and lobbying and stakeholder relations.

    Prior to Network 10, she spent several years working at senior levels in Canberra with Government, which culminated in four years as Senior Advisor (Broadcasting and Copyright) and Acting Chief of Staff for then Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon. Richard Alston AO. Her other Canberra based roles included Government Lawyer within the intellectual property branch of the Attorney-General’s Department and Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee from 1996.

    Annabelle received her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the Australian National University. She is a Board Member of Save The Children Australia, and a Council Member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Annabelle was previously a board member of Freeview Australia and Free TV Australia. Annabelle was invited to be a participant in the 2019 McKinsey Remarkable Women Program.

PPCA Patrons

  • Clare Bowditch

    Clare Bowditch

    PPCA Patron

    Clare Bowditch is a singer, writer, and master story-teller, who first began performing in Melbourne pubs when she was sixteen. Six albums later, Clare has toured the country a million times and been awarded EG Best Female Artists (2011), Rolling Stone Woman of the Year for her Contribution to Culture (2010), YenYoung Woman of the Year (2008), and an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (2006) plus half a dozen other ARIA nominations for her albums.

    Clare currently presents an Australian Radio show on Qantas, she’s hosted summer radio shows for Triple J and 774. She interviewed Prime Minister Julia Gillard two days before the 2010 election, and was the first musical guest ever to perform on Q & A. Clare has also had articles published by Rolling Stone and The Drum. In 2010, she was famously invited to fly on a private jet with Leonard Cohen, whilst support him for his month-long Australian tour. This is where she learnt the meaning of life. In 2012, Clare undertook her first acting role with Channel 10’s Offspring, and released her fifth album ‘The Winter I Chose Happiness’. 

  • Paul Dempsey

    Paul Dempsey

    PPCA Patron

    Paul Dempsey is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer and guitarist of Something For Kate, one of the most respected and successful Australian bands to emerge over the past decade. Renowned for his unique, cerebral lyrics and his multi- layered story telling skills, Dempsey’s staggeringly powerful live performances have also become the stuff of legend. During his schedule with Something for Kate Dempsey, a multi-instrumentalist has also consistently produced records for other artists while also performing and touring internationally as a solo artist.

    Having released five platinum and gold albums to date with Something for Kate, selling approximately half a million records, amassing 13 ARIA nominations, taking out multiple Music Industry Critics Award for Best Male vocalist, Rolling Stone awards for best band, best album & best male vocalist along with countless sold out tours with everyone from David Bowie to Death Cab for Cutie, Paul Dempsey then released his first solo album in 2009.

    A departure from his work with Something for Kate, the album, Everything is True was released to an overwhelming response, debuting in the top 5 on the ARIA Charts and achieving beyond gold status. Playing every instrument on the album himself, the album was co-produced by Dempsey winning the ARIA Award for Best Engineering.

  • Tim Levinson

    Tim Levinson

    PPCA Patron

    Tim Levinson is known predominantly as a lyricist, with his career in music beginning with nursery rhymes and graffiti. His first band was a live 6 piece called Explanetary; he has since gone on to write five albums with The Herd and three solo albums under the Urthboy moniker. Over the course of 10 years he’s played at every major Australian festival and a number of International festivals, and consequently has a strong loyal following. The only hip hop artist to have been nominated for the Australian Music Prize twice, Tim has also won AIR Awards, received nominations for ARIA Awards and had multiple entries in the Triple J Hottest 100.

    Adding to his creative career, he runs Elefant Traks, an independent music business specialising in management, touring and record label work. Elefant Traks has artists such as Horrorshow, Hermitude, The Herd and Sietta among its 70 releases to date.