British industry body UK Music is searching for a new boss, after its current CEO Jo Dipple announced that she will step down in June.

The former Fleet Street journalist joined UK Music in 2008 as director of government relations, before replacing chief executive Feargal Sharkey in 2011, initially as acting CEO before getting the job permanently.

“Jo has led the organisation to robust health. Under her leadership, UK Music successfully challenged BIS in the courts over new copyright legislation, helped introduce a Live Music Act, amended DCLG planning law, launched an anti-piracy education campaign, published Measuring Music and Wish You Were Here and prevented Government from cutting BBC music services,” said chairman Andy Heath in a statement yesterday.

Dipple struck an optimistic note about her (yet to be recruited) successor. “UK Music will attract the very highest candidate to take this role. It is a unique body with an exceptional membership,” she said. “I am privileged to have worked with successful industry bosses and supremely talented musicians and creators.”

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