Our People

UMA is fuelled by a collective love of music. Each and every member of our leadership team shares our commitment to creating the best possible future.

Harvey Goldsmith CBE

Chairman

Harvey is a legendary and visionary producer and promoter of rock concerts, charity events and television broadcasts.

He has produced, managed and promoted shows with most of the world’s major artists and was responsible for the two largest music events in the world, ever; Live Aid and Live 8.

Current projects include Jools Holland, Andrea Bocelli and Hans Zimmer’s first live concerts in the UK.

Harvey has received numerous awards including, CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996. In January 2006 Harvey was awarded the Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from the French Minister of Culture and more recently to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Harvey received the Diamond Award for his contribution to The Arts. In July 2012, Harvey received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Brighton.

September 2014 Harvey produced and promoted the inaugural OnBlackheath Festival on Blackheath Common and the Festival will be returned September 2015.

In September 2015, Harvey promoted David Gilmour Live shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London. The shows received rave reviews and were a sell out.

In 2016 Harvey co-produced Hans Zimmer Live on Tour. Hans Zimmer and his band toured played 38 shows over 14 countries in Europe and become a touring phenomenon.

Harvey is the Chairman of The British Music Experience, the UK’s only Museum of contemporary music from 1946 to the present. Harvey is also a Board Member of Editorial Intelligence, Captive Minds and Investment Board of Edge VCT. Harvey is also on the Board of ImagineNation, a Dutch immersive theatre company.’

Harvey is a legendary and visionary producer and promoter of rock concerts, charity events and television broadcasts.

He has produced, managed and promoted shows with most of the world’s major artists and was responsible for the two largest music events in the world, ever; Live Aid and Live 8.

Current projects include Jools Holland, Andrea Bocelli and Hans Zimmer’s first live concerts in the UK.

Harvey has received numerous awards including, CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996. In January 2006 Harvey was awarded the Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from the French Minister of Culture and more recently to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Harvey received the Diamond Award for his contribution to The Arts. In July 2012, Harvey received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Brighton.

September 2014 Harvey produced and promoted the inaugural OnBlackheath Festival on Blackheath Common and the Festival will be returned September 2015.

In September 2015, Harvey promoted David Gilmour Live shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London. The shows received rave reviews and were a sell out.

In 2016 Harvey co-produced Hans Zimmer Live on Tour. Hans Zimmer and his band toured played 38 shows over 14 countries in Europe and become a touring phenomenon.

Harvey is the Chairman of The British Music Experience, the UK’s only Museum of contemporary music from 1946 to the present. Harvey is also a Board Member of Editorial Intelligence, Captive Minds and Investment Board of Edge VCT. Harvey is also on the Board of ImagineNation, a Dutch immersive theatre company.’

Max Hole CBE

Non-Executive Director

Max Hole CBE is the former Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International.

As head of central functions at UMGI’s headquarters in London, he was responsible for operations in territories and regions worldwide and played a pivotal role in Universal’s £1.2 billion acquisition of EMI.

He was referred to in Billboard as “a serious contender for title of ‘most powerful label executive outside America.” and was dubbed ‘one of the most successful music executives in the last 40 years‘ by Music Week in 2017.

Max Hole CBE is the former Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International.

As head of central functions at UMGI’s headquarters in London, he was responsible for operations in territories and regions worldwide and played a pivotal role in Universal’s £1.2 billion acquisition of EMI.

He was referred to in Billboard as “a serious contender for title of ‘most powerful label executive outside America.” and was dubbed ‘one of the most successful music executives in theist 40 years‘ by Music Week in 2017.

Simon O’Kelly

CEO

Simon founded his first technology business in 2013, before migrating over to the music industry in 2016 when he co-founded UMA Music Group. Combining his experience in raising funds and project management with a passion for music, UMA Music was started with one vision; to bring mainstream audiences closer to music through events, TV and online.

Simon has also consulted (and continues to consult) for a number of entertainment companies and charities, helping them to formulate robust strategies across media, event and lifestyle sectors.

Simon founded his first technology business in 2013, before migrating over to the music industry in 2016 when he co-founded UMA Music Group. Combining his experience in raising funds and project management with a passion for music, UMA Music was started with one vision; to bring mainstream audiences closer to music through events, TV and online.

Simon has also consulted (and continues to consult) for a number of entertainment companies and charities, helping them to formulate robust strategies across media, event and lifestyle sectors.

Ben Connor

CCO & Head of UMA Studios

Ben’s background resides in TV production, having worked on shows such as The Voice, A League of Their Own, The Choir, and The BAFTAs.

He ran his own independent production company before co-founding UMA Music Group with Simon in 2016. His understanding of the entertainment industry and the mechanics of producing high quality media content now underpins his role within UMA Music Group as CCO, leading all content production under UMA Studios.

Ben’s background resides in TV production, having worked on shows such as The Voice, A League of Their Own, The Choir, and The BAFTAs.

He ran his own independent production company before co-founding UMA Music Group with Simon in 2016, and this understanding of the entertainment industry and the mechanics of producing high quality media content now underpins his role within UMA.

Tara Borna

Global Marketing Director

Tara joined UMA Music following her move to London from Toronto where she led the entertainment and marketing division for one of the leading resorts in Western Canada. Responsible for promoting a wealth of world-class acts across music, sports, and comedy, Tara developed a strategy for building out national marketing and media campaigns that took holistic communications to new heights. Her unscripted approach to both above and below the line communications led to a significant uplift in concert goers, year on year.

UMA Music welcomed Tara’s passionate and visionary approach to marketing and communications, taking full authority over re-engineering our communications strategy from the ground up with humanistic, purpose-driven imagination. Tara leads our worldwide marketing strategy, overseeing our global media and communications including agencies, creatives, and campaign initiatives alongside her executive team.

Tara joined UMA Music following her move to London from Toronto where she led the entertainment and marketing division for one of the leading resorts in Western Canada. Responsible for promoting a wealth of world-class acts across music, sports, and comedy, Tara developed a strategy for building out national marketing and media campaigns that took holistic communications to new heights. Her unscripted approach to both above and below the line communications led to a significant uplift in concert goers, year on year.

UMA Music welcomed Tara’s passionate and visionary approach to marketing and communications, taking full authority over re-engineering our communications strategy from the ground up with humanistic, purpose-driven imagination. Tara leads our worldwide marketing strategy, overseeing our global media and communications including agencies, creatives, and campaign initiatives alongside her executive team.

Jamie Hole

Director, Industry Relations

Former International Marketing (& Promotions) Director at Universal Music Group, Jamie is a highly experienced and well connected young executive. He spent 20 years honing his skills at the world’s #1 Recording Company where he sat across marketing strategy for both UK and US East Coast repertoire including Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Eminem and Rihanna.

For his last three years at Universal, Jamie 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). During those years the UK international team saw its best financial numbers in two decades. 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 Jamie 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.

International at Universal Music is a microcosm of a record company whereby all aspects of a records release is planned and carried out. This includes digital marketing & PR, brand partnerships, synch, TV & radio marketing, overall social media strategies and of course complex promotional tours around the world. JH has expert knowledge of all key music markets plus an enviable list of contacts that include major management, presidents for all the key labels and point people in all relevant music markets around the world.

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, 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 and Max Hole CBE by their side the whole world is waiting to see what will happen next!

Former International Marketing (& Promotions) Director at Universal Music Group, Jamie is a highly experienced and well connected young executive. He spent 20 years honing his skills at the world’s #1 Recording Company where he sat across marketing strategy for both UK and US East Coast repertoire including Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Eminem and Rihanna.

For his last three years at Universal, Jamie 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). During those years the UK international team saw its best financial numbers in two decades. 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 Jamie 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.

International at Universal Music is a microcosm of a record company whereby all aspects of a records release is planned and carried out. This includes digital marketing & PR, brand partnerships, synch, TV & radio marketing, overall social media strategies and of course complex promotional tours around the world. JH has expert knowledge of all key music markets plus an enviable list of contacts that include major management, presidents for all the key labels and point people in all relevant music markets around the world.

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, 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 and Max Hole CBE by their side the whole world is waiting to see what will happen next!

Dani Sylvia

Creative

As an independent artist, Dani has a wealth of experience within the music and performing industry, in bringing ideas to life with a deep understanding of the nuances that connect us all as humans. An idea-smith at heart, Dani oversees the conception and creation of everything that lies at the heart of UMA Music, ensuring we stay true to why we do what we do.

As an independent artist, Dani has a wealth of experience within the music and performing industry, in bringing ideas to life with a deep understanding of the nuances that connect us all as humans. An idea-smith at heart, Dani oversees the conception and creation of everything that lies at the heart of UMA Music, ensuring we stay true to why we do what we do.

Ross Patel

Director, Strategy & Events

Ross graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Music & Entertainment Industry Management and has three years of large venue club promotion experience, grassroots artist management, business start up insight and a solid network of industry professionals.

He has worked as senior lead manager across global underground stars that include Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Roni Size, Ben Pearce, GotSome and Groove Armada.

Within UMA Music Group, Ross oversees the live shows, is involved with the strategy and planning of major events and creative direction when working directly with talent.

Ross graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Music & Entertainment Industry Management and has three years of large venue club promotion experience, grassroots artist management, business start up insight and a solid network of industry professionals.

He has worked as senior lead manager across global underground stars that include Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Roni Size, Ben Pearce, GotSome and Groove Armada.

Within UMA Music Group, Ross oversees the live shows, is involved with the strategy and planning of major events and creative direction when working directly with talent.

Stephen Pell

FCCA CTA

Financial Director

Stephen has had a number of roles within the music business. Formerly, he was Managing Director of an international accounting practice where he specialised in international tax planning and business structuring for high profile artists within the music and entertainment industries, including artists as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, JB Gill (JLS) and Lawrence Taylor.

Stephen is experienced at working with artists at every stage of their career, from emerging talent to international superstars and understands the challenges and opportunities facing them in today’s climate. He also runs his own tax and accounting practice, Pell Artists, providing business management support to artists and the wider music industry.

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from the University of Birmingham, is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He is a published author and regularly contributes to the media on subjects concerning the music business.

Stephen has had a number of roles within the music business. Formerly, he was Managing Director of an international accounting practice where he specialised in international tax planning and business structuring for high profile artists within the music and entertainment industries, workign with such artists as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, JB Gill (JLS) and Lawrence Taylor.

Stephen is experienced working with artists at every stage for their career, form emerging talent to international superstars and understands the challenges and opportunities facing them in today’s climate. He also runs his own tax and accounting practice providing business management support to artists and the wider music industry.

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from the University of Birmingham, is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He is a published author and regularly contributes to the media on subjects concerning the music business.

Neal Neilinger

Financial Advisor

Mr Neilinger has advised sovereigns, municipalities, corporations, foundations, endowments, pension funds, and high net worth clients for over three decades. Having held senior management roles with international banks such as Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank And Credit Agricole while based in London and New York, Mr Neilinger has successfully navigated his clients through multiple credit cycles.

Mr Neilinger was the co founder of the National Advisory Council for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation which runs the largest outdoor Museum in the United States and was a past Board Member for the United Way in Greenwich Ct. Mr Neilinger is currently a board member for Sabal Palm Bank based in Sarasota Florida and is an Advisor to the Chairman for New York Private Bank and Trust, the largest privately owned bank in the United States.

Mr Neilinger has advised sovereigns, municipalities, corporations, foundations, endowments, pension funds, and high net worth clients for over three decades. Having held senior management roles with international banks such as Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank And Credit Agricole while based in London and New York, Mr Neilinger has successfully navigated his clients through multiple credit cycles.

Mr Neilinger was the co founder of the National Advisory Council for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation which runs the largest outdoor Museum in the United States and was a past Board Member for the United Way in Greenwich Ct. Mr Neilinger is currently a board member for Sabal Palm Bank based in Sarasota Florida and is an Advisor to the Chairman for New York Private Bank and Trust, the largest privately owned bank in the United States.