Peter Leathem, CEO at PPL, has been named as the new chairman at specialist healthcare charity the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
He takes over from Richard Price, who retired in July after 12 years steering the charity as it grew into an integral service for the UK's performing arts community. BAPAM, which was established more than 30 years ago to provide clinical services to professionals and students, works collaboratively with health care practitioners and arts organisations throughout the UK.
Leathem said: “I have been involved with BAPAM for some time now and it is a hugely worthwhile cause that makes a real difference to people’s lives by providing specialist health advice to all sorts of performing artists – from musicians and singers to actors and dancers.
“I have found it very enjoyable and rewarding to dedicate time to helping the charity and being an active member of its leadership board. I am very proud to have now been elected chairman and hope that I can help the organisation to achieve even greater impact in the future, drawing on my own experience as the chief executive officer of PPL and also a board director of UK Music, the British Copyright Council and the international forum for performers’ collective management organisations, SCAPR.”
We look forward to working with Peter to build partnerships throughout the industry
He added: “One of the fundamentals of PPL’s business is our dedication to supporting performers, not least to maximise their revenues. BAPAM has many shared values with PPL in terms of looking after performing artists as an absolute priority – I am truly excited about the future as BAPAM chairman.”
The charity describes itself as “being at the forefront of setting standards in performance health and education”.
Claire Cordeaux, BAPAM director, said: “We are delighted that Peter is taking the role of chair of BAPAM. As a medically-led organisation, we are uniquely placed to offer clinical expertise in the performing arts industry. In addition to PPL, we are pleased to count amongst our supporters Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union, Equity, PRS, and the Grand Order of Water Rats.
“We want artists to enjoy successful, sustainable careers, and we look forward to working with Peter to build partnerships throughout the industry and make a significant impact on the health of musicians and all arts professionals.”