Meet The Team

Sam Shemtob

Sam’s early career mixed work experience at Cowboy Records, London Records and TV show BPM with a traineeship at Guinness. Realising his dream of becoming a drummer was not to be (due to an unfortunate lack of talent), Sam left PR company Lynne-Franks in 1999 to work more closely with music in a professional capacity.

A four-day project for a nascent Association of Independent Music in 2000 led to eight years managing press for one of the industry’s most exciting bodies, using the heft of the media to help notch up important fair play wins with MTV and iTunes along the way.

In 2003 University of Westminster commissioned Sam to launch industry think tank MusicTank.  Sam was its associate director for 11 years before passing on the baton, and was responsible for developing MusicTank’s high level think tank series.

In 2007 Sam helped launch Merlin, an organisation the company feels privileged to still represent a decade later.

Name is going from strength to strength, and prides itself on working with some of the UK’s – and the world’s – leading music companies, and helping make a real difference for fans and independent companies.

Lame claim to fame: meeting the band members of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and asking them their names…

Emma Robinson

Emma is an account manager at Name, having joined in January 2015.

Dedicated Durham University graduate with a huge enthusiasm for the music industry (and crossword puzzles).

Emma was previously an Artist Development Intern at Generator, posting and writing tips for their emerging artist blog, The Tipping Point. Prior to that, she had worked for HSBC, Nozstock, Get In! and Rough Trade.

When she’s not writing, talking or thinking about music, Emma can also be found complaining about public transport, playing with her house bunny, expounding on her local’s selection of craft beers, or taking her new peace lily out for a stroll around town.

Katie O’Leary2x2 (temporary)

Following work at a tech start-up and Ministry of Sound, Katie came to Name PR as a press assistant in March 2016 and is now a senior account executive.

With a focus on Consumer PR, her specialism lies in electronic and dance music.

Alongside maintaining an electronic music blog, ‘No Talking On The Dancefloor’, she also writes for online house music magazine, ‘Groove Odyssey’, and garage/grime site, ‘Back295’.

Part music enthusiast, part pseudo-historian, while not scanning SoundCloud or adding to her blog, she can be found frequenting medieval churches and pretending to make sense of the Latin.

Lame claim to fame: accidentally mistaking a groupie for one of the Artful Dodger crew, then refusing entry to the real guy while acting as artist liaison.

Rachael Griffith

After graduating from Oxford, Rachael joined Name PR as a press assistant in November 2016 and is now an account executive.

With her music speciality lying in rock, her experience covers everything from local government marketing to fashion journalism.

When she’s not busy pretending she’s cool enough to work in the music industry, Rachael can be found writing her ancient-history-masquerading-as-current-affairs blog, ‘Histories and Pleasantries’ or impersonating someone who knows something about wine.

Lame claim to fame: fangirling so much over a phone interview with the lead singer of Twin Atlantic that she hung up on him. Twice.

21687628_10155688287836119_5571917877732519544_n Jasper Watkins

Following on from an MA at King’s College, London, and a mix of internships in finance and journalism, Jasper joined Name PR in November 2017 as a press assistant.

He usually splits his time between vigorously air drumming, hanging around record shops and dancing poorly yet enthusiastically in East London nightclubs.  

Lame claim to (lack of) fame: regularly mistaken for Ben UFO and happily goes along with it.