Peter 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. With unique expertise gained over 30 years delivering clinical services to performing arts professionals and students, and working collaboratively with health care practitioners and arts organisations throughout the UK, BAPAM is now at the forefront of setting standards in performance health and education.
Commenting on his appointment as BAPAM Chairman, Peter Leathem says: “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.
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.”
Claire Cordeaux, BAPAM Director added: “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.”