Team

Simon O’Kelly

CEO

Simon O’Kelly

CEO

A serial entrepreneur, Simon now leads UMA Music Group which he co-founded in 2015, and consists of Unsigned Music Awards, UMA Music and UMA Ventures.

Georgina Thomas

COO

Georgina Thomas

COO

Georgina, Chief of Operations, co-founded UMA Music Group in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of UMA Music and the Unsigned Music Awards.

Ben Connor

CCO

Ben Connor

CCO

Ben, Chief Content Officer, co-founded the UMA Music Group in 2015. As well as navigating the business development of UMA Music Group alongside Simon, he is responsible for overseeing all creative output of UMA Music Group and it's subsidiaries.

Stephen Pell

Business Manager

Stephen Pell

Business Manager

Former Business Manager to a host of global superstars, including Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens, Stephen now oversees the commercial structuring and proposition of UMA Music Group.

Stephen also founded UMA Ventures and the UMA Music Fund alongside Georgina, Ben and Simon in 2016.

Oli Bartlam

Head of Events

Oli Bartlam

Head of Events

Oli is the driving force behind the management, production and delivery of the annual Unsigned Music Awards around the world.

There is, quite literally, no better man for the job.

Jamie Hole

Strategic Advisor

Jamie Hole

Strategic Advisor

Jamie spent the last 7 years as International Marketing (& Promotions) Director for the world’s #1 Recording Company, Universal Music Group.

For the last 3 years he was responsible for the international exploitation and planning of UK signed repertoire from all of Universals UK labels (Virgin EMI, Island UK, Polydor UK, Decca and Capitol UK). He was personally in charge of the global plans for Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Robbie Williams, Iggy Azalea, Disclosure, The Vamps, John Newman, Jack Garratt, The 1975, KSI and many others.

Prior to that JH was International Marketing (& Promotions Director) for over 4 years for Universal's US East Coast label Groups which included Republic US, Island Def Jam and Motown Records. During his time in this role he was a key player and creator of global launch plans for the likes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, The Killers and many more.

In 2016 it was time for a new challenge and after meeting Ross Patel (Co-MD and Co-founder) they decided to set up Whole Entertainment (shareholders in UMA Music Group), a company that encourages a family environment where a sense of community and inclusiveness is paramount along with hard work. With industry powerhouses Scooter Braun, Max Hole CBE and Ian Brenchley by their side the whole world is waiting to see what will happen next.

Metropolis Studios

Ross Patel

Strategic Advisor

Ross Patel

Strategic Advisor

As a club promoter aged 18 Ross had begun a journey into dance and electronic music in his hometown of Bristol, UK. A passion for dance music merged with his love of live bands resulting in the launch of a record label and management company during his 2nd year at the University of Hertfordshire at 20 years of age.
Ross graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Music & Entertainment Industry Management, 3 years of large venue club promotion experience, grassroots artist management, business start up insight and a solid network of industry professionals.
On his return to Bristol he quickly acquired an internship position at the world famous Motion Bristol nightclub and venue and In:Motion event series. Within 12 months of starting he had assumed an integral management role at the 3500 capacity venue.
In 2014 Ross left Motion to set up an artist management company and soon joined international DJ / producer representatives Grade Management as a senior lead manager working across global underground stars including Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Roni Size, Ben Pearce, GotSome and Groove Armada.
Today Ross sits at the helm of Whole Entertainment Limited as shareholders in UMA Music Group, alongside friend, Co-Founder and Director Jamie Hole. Backed by industry heavyweight board members Scooter Braun, Max Hole and Ian Brenchley. Practicing a fundamental humble spirit of culture manifest in positivity, empowerment and hard work in day to day life Rossreflects the same values in the company and in his work.
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EDITORIAL STAFF

Joe Philip

Editor

Joe Philip

Editor

Joe is Online Editor for UMA Music, responsible for the content strategy and artistic direction of the online unsigned and emerging magazine.

Joe also oversees the online press and communications in and out of UMA Music Group and the Unsigned Music Awards.

Antonia Künzel

Writer

Aidan Grant

Writer

Shona Clemson

Contibutor

Shona Clemson

Contibutor

Mel Jaekel

Contributor

Alex Baker

Contributor

Alex Baker

Contributor