Neil Warnock awarded MBE in New Year Honours List

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Sat, 29/12/2018

We would like to congratulate Neil Warnock, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2019 New Year Honours List, for services to Music and Charity.

Neil has been a dedicated and passionate supporter of Nordoff Robbins since the charity was first formed 43 years ago. Neil sits on the Nordoff Robbins Board as a trustee and is Chair of Fundraising, where he plays a pivotal role on several of the charity’s key fundraising committees and chairs our annual boxing event and our Get Loud campaign. Neil is also a very active member of our O2 Silver Clef Awards committee, our annual flagship event which since it began has raised more than £20m.

As well as helping to raise money, Neil has always had an ambition to raise awareness of Nordoff Robbins, to help ensure that more vulnerable people across the UK are aware of and able to access our life-changing work. This ambition led to the development of Get Loud, our annual awareness campaign, which is spearheaded by Neil and has now seen its third successful year – with plans to develop this campaign further in 2019.

Neil’s passion for music and understanding of the way in which it can shape and change our lives is reflected in both his professional achievements and the way in which he supports Nordoff Robbins. Neil has taken time and great care to develop his knowledge of music therapy and this makes him a powerful advocate for our work.

Julie Whelan, Chief Executive of Nordoff Robbins, said: “On behalf of the whole team at Nordoff Robbins and the many thousands of people whose lives we change through music, I’d like to congratulate Neil on being awarded his MBE. Neil works tirelessly for Nordoff Robbins as he believes so passionately in the power of our music therapy to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This recognition is hugely deserved for him and we of course are just so grateful for his energy, determination and commitment to our work, which has made a massive difference to thousands of people across the UK.”

Neil Warnock said: “I’m absolutely honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious accolade. The work that Nordoff Robbins does is so important and the changes that they have made to vulnerable and isolated people’s lives are immeasurable. I would like to recognise all the therapists and people working at the charity who work so hard to make a difference to those lives every single day.”

Neil Warnock is one of the most experienced music agents in the world and a key architect of the modern live music business. As part of his executive role at UTA, Warnock oversees a robust roster of UK agents and artists, advising on both regional and international touring business strategy.