Rob Dickins

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Rob Dickins

Member of the music industry, and currently holds a number of trustee and consultant positions in music and the arts in Britain add

Category: Business

Born in 1950.

Countries: United Kingdom (47%), United States (20%), Seychelles (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Catatonia, Cher, London Metropolitan University

Linked to: Loughborough University, Warner Music Group, Brit School, Ilford County High School




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Rob Dickins was born in 1950 add something


Following graduation in 1971, Dickins joined Warner Bros Music Publishing and was appointed Managing Director in 1974 add something


Dickins was appointed International Vice President of the company in 1979 add something


Dickins served on the BPI Council from 1983 to 2002, their longest-serving member add something


In 1983, Dickins became the Chairman of Warner Music UK , remained in that role until December 1998 add something


He chaired the BPI Council from 1986 to 1988, dealing with the 1988 Copyright Act, as well as gaining rights for the industry, particularly within the music video world add something


He signed William Orbit as an artist, introducing him to Madonna with a re-mix of Justify My Love in the early 1990s add something


He accepted the Chairmanship of the Council in 1997 and again in 1999, during a period of great challenges such as new delivery systems and piracy add something


He brought Seal, Simply Red, Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Enya, and Cher to the UK label and in 1997-98 Warner added Mark Morrison, Brit Award winner Shola Ama, indie group Catatonia, and teenage girl band Cleopatra to the UK. add something


Dickins accompanied the Secretary of State for DCMS, Chris Smith, on his 1999 fact-finding mission to China add something


In 1999, Dickins was elected Chairman of the BPI Classical Committee add something


The company's first album release in 2000, "How to Steal the World" by Helicopter Girl, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize album of the year award add something


In July 2000, Dickins was appointed as a trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he is a director of V&A Enterprises, the commercial arm of the museum add something


In July 2002 Dickins was appointed Chairman of the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green add something


In the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours Dickins was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the music industry , and on 15 July 2002 he received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater Loughborough University add something


In 2004, he became a Trustee of the Watts Gallery in Surrey, an organisation dedicated to preserving the heritage of Victorian artist and social campaigner George Frederic Watts add something


Dickins was re-appointed as a Trustee of the V&A Museum in October 2004 for a further term of three years add something


In Spring 2005, Dickins was conferred as Visiting Professor in Music and Popular Culture at the University of the Arts London add something


He was appointed a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in March 2007 add something


In 2009 he became Chairman of The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres add something


In February 2012 was appointed Trustee of The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust at Dimbola, Isle of Wight add something


In May 2012 gave a Lecture at the Watts Gallery on Portraiture and Fame add something


A variant of this lecture was given by him at the National Portrait Gallery in London in September 2012 add something


In October 2012 was appointed Trustee at the Handel House Museum in Brook Street, London add something


He delivered another lecture entitled 'Artists and their Spaces' at Watts Gallery in November 2013 add something


July 2014 awarded Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts, London and gave commencement speech at the Royal Festival Hall add something


July 2015 awarded Honorary Doctorate from London Metropolitan University and gave commencement speech at the Barbican Theatre add something


In 2016 he was appointed as trustee to the board of the National Portrait Gallery by the Prime Minister add something