Meet The Team
Following a career that mixed work experience at music TV and record companies with a traineeship at Guinness, Sam, Name PR’s founding member left pr company Lynne Franks in 1999 to work more closely with music.
His fledgling company Name took on its first serious music client in 2000, with a four-day commission for a nascent Association of Independent Music. This led to eight years managing the press for one of the industry’s most proactive and exciting bodies, notching up important fair play wins with MTV, iTunes and others along the way.
In 2003 University of Westminster commissioned Name to launch MusicTank in 2003. Nine years later Sam is its Associate Director, chiefly responsible for developing MusicTank’s high level think tank series.
With Name going from strength to strength, Sam has found himself the proud leader one of the UK’s leading music pr and marketing agencies.
Music claim to fame: Linking Francois K with Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence to play his first of many Big Chills.
Lame claim to fame: Meeting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and asking them their names…
With a background running a small music based company, promotion and playing music professionally in New Zealand and around the world; Hugo has settled in London making it his home.
As a Press Officer at Name, Hugo is getting stuck into the world of PR and marketing as he carves out a place in Name’s ranks, managing our lovely assistant and our live clients AIF, Nozstock, Redfest, WeGotTickets, Attitude is Everything and The Forum Hertfordshire.
Formerly Press & Communications Executive at UK Music, a position he held since the industry’s umbrella body was established, Adam was voted Communications Person Of The Year at the 2011 Record Of The Day Awards. Before that he was Head of Communications at British Music Rights and slaved for 7 years as a freelance journalist – writing about music and technology for the likes of The Guardian, Music Week, MusicAlly, the BBC and New Media Age.
Continuing to wear other hats outside of Name PR, Adam is a published author – his biography of Dennis Wilson (“Dumb Angel”) was received with critical acclaim and, more importantly, selected by Pavement’s Steve Malkmus as one of his favourite music texts – has developed (and sold) TV formats, and written radio scripts, album sleeve notes and speeches.
Tom, like so many embittered music industry professionals, is a lapsed musician/composer; classically trained, he used to play a variety of instruments, performing and producing music across several genres.
Following an MA in Music Business Management at the University of Westminster, Tom worked for the Musician’s Union and Featured Artists Coalition, coordinating social media, contributing research and making the tea (badly). He manages the electronica artist Bobby Tank.
Responsibilities at Name include client management, copywriting, social media and lowering the tone.
Hailing from up North, Callum has a background in Music Journalism and Marketing. With a penchant for all things heavy, he has toured Europe as a vocalist in a metal band and interviewed the likes of Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon and Down amongst others.
After working as a Marketing Co-ordinator at a local College, he took the plunge and moved to London to become a Marketing Assistant with the London Symphony Orchestra. Following this he also did stints marketing with Big Scary Monsters Records and Nuclear Blast EU before joining Name.
As Press Assistant, his responsibilities include press clippings, writing press releases, helping with social media/web and everyone’s favourite: admin tasks.