Corporate Information

BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, has colleges in eight cities where music matters most – London, Berlin, Dublin, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Hamburg – and is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe.

Our eight BIMM colleges have over 50 years’ experience between them in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry.

We offer a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including BA Honours Degrees, nationally accredited Diplomas and Postgraduate Teaching Certificates. Our professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, music business, music journalism and event management.

The Management Team


Alistair Cox

Alistair joined BIMM as Chairman in December 2016. A Chartered Engineer with an MBA from Stanford University, Alistair’s early career was in various field engineering, management and research science roles with British Aerospace and then Schlumberger.

Following his MBA, Alistair worked for McKinsey & Company before joining Blue Circle Industries, where he was the Group Strategy Director and then the Regional Director for Asia. Prior to joining Hays, Alistair was Chief Executive of Xansa plc. Alistair was, until November 2015, a non-executive director of 3i Group plc.


Professor Mark Hunt BA (Hons), MA, FRSA
(Non-Executive Director)

Mark joined BIMM as Non-Executive Director in December 2016. Currently Mark is an Independent Higher Education Consultant working with a range of Higher Education providers across the UK and abroad, advising on educational policy, management and leadership and quality assurance systems. Previously Mark was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts, a post he held for 15 years.

Mark holds a BA (Hons) 3D Design (Ceramics) from Loughborough College of Art and Design (Loughborough University) and an MA 3D Design (Ceramics) from South Glamorgan Institute of HE, Cardiff (Cardiff School of Art).

He has pursued a career in education management and has held leadership and management positions in Higher Education for over 30 years [Including at UCA – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Rector and Deputy Chief Executive, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College – Deputy Director, London Guildhall University – Head of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art & Design and Course Leaders roles at Sunderland University].

As well as being a Non-Executive Director of BIMM, Mark is also Chair of the Strood Academy based in Medway, a Trustee of the Anglo-Portuguese School of London and special adviser to Laine Theatre Arts based in Epsom.

Mark has substantial experience as an academic developer in Art and Design, an experienced Quality Assurance Agency Auditor/Reviewer for England and Scotland, including Collaborative Overseas Audit, a member of the Hong Kong Accreditation Council and an experienced external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, within the UK and overseas.

In 2002, he was awarded the title of Professor of Crafts Education and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2015, the University for the Creative Arts conferred the title of ‘Professor Emeritus’ in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the University.


Tony Wadsworth CBE

Tony Wadsworth CBE was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK and Ireland from 1998 to 2008.

In a 26 year career with the UK based company, he held many roles including Managing Director of the Parlophone label, a label which he relaunched in the 1990’s achieving sustained hits with artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner and Queen.

His subsequent move to running all of EMI’s UK labels saw a period of global success with artists such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and many others.

Prior to joining EMI, Tony gained a degree in Economics from Newcastle University and spent the following 3 years playing in a band with his college friends. He later worked for various record labels before joining EMI.

In December 2014 , Tony stepped down as Chairman of the BPI, the representative body of the UK recorded music industry and Chairman of BRIT Awards Ltd but remains a Trustee of the BRIT Trust charity and Governor of the Brit School.

He is also Chairman of Julie’s Bicycle, the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.

He is a Trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation, a charity devoted to improving young people’s access to music education and a Trustee of the EMI Archive Trust.

He is a non-executive board director of BIMM, the market leader in popular music higher education, and has commercial interests ranging from ticketing to a vinyl record store.  

Tony has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Gloucestershire and holds the post of Visiting Professor in the music and business schools of the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

In March 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Music Week Strat award for outstanding contribution to the UK music industry and in 2009 was awarded the Scott Piering Award by the Radio Academy to recognise outstanding contribution to music radio.

In June 2011, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the UK music industry.


Adam Carswell
(CEO & Head of Institution)

Adam joined BIMM in January 2011, having previously worked in the Further Education sector since 2008 as Finance Director of an Apprenticeships training provider.

Prior to moving into the education sector, Adam has acted in a number of senior finance and general management roles with organisations including Travelex Currency Services (Finance Director), DX Services (Divisional Managing Director) and Hays plc (Group Corporate Development Manager & Financial Controller). Adam is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with PwC. He has an Economics degree from the University of Bath.

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Andrew Bates
(Academic Director & Provost)

Having held the position of Deputy Principal and Professor of Music at Leeds College of Music and a Quality Assurance Agency Reviewer, Andrew joined BIMM London, incorporating Tech Music School. In 2010, he oversaw the development of the college’s academic portfolio and subsequently became Principal after the acquisition by BIMM. In September 2014 Andrew took up the role of Director of Academic Development & Quality Assurance, responsible for this function both in the UK, Ireland and overseas.

Andrew originally trained as a composer and also an experienced choral singer and conductor and has extensive experience in Higher Education music curriculum development, quality assurance and institutional accreditation, continuing to be a Quality Assurance Agency reviewer.

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Vaseema Hamilton
(Business Development & Creative Careers Director)

Vaseema has over 30 years experience in vocational creative, visual and performing arts education and has been with BIMM since 2005 – starting initially as Principal for BIMM Brighton.

Having played a lead role in the development and launch of all BIMM colleges in the UK and Germany, Vaseema now heads up the BIMM Group’s ongoing business development, careers and employability service. These services ensure that all our students have the best possible opportunities to progress into successful careers in the music industry.

Over the past year, Vaseema has worked with teams at all BIMM colleges to expand career activities, and the services provided through career hubs and student-led projects that enable more networking and connectivity within BIMM and the wider music industry in Europe.


Dara Kilkenny
(Executive Principal – Dublin, Birmingham, Bristol & Manchester Colleges)

Dara joined BIMM in 2009 and played a major role in establishing the college in Dublin and the relationship with Technological University Dublin.

She has excellent music industry contacts and network, particularly in Ireland. Prior to BIMM, Dara spent 8 years in the fashion industry before moving into entertainment, events and music from 2003, establishing a record label with a distribution deal through Universal Music Ireland. During this period Dara also produced two Irish theatre shows which toured in Europe and acted as manager for diverse artists from both the pop and classical worlds.  


David O’Connor
(Marketing & Admissions Director)

David joined BIMM in 2012 as Group Marketing Director, responsible for international development, marketing, branding and PR across the group.

He is a strategy, marketing & business improvement specialist with over 20 years senior experience with organisations in Business Services, IT & Education in Europe, Asia and North America.  He is a Net Promoter System (NPS) practitioner and has a degree in Social Policy from the University of Wales and an MBA.

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David Jones-Owen
(Finance Director & Executive Principal – London & Brighton Colleges)
David Jones-Owen

David has previously worked with KPMG, having gained a degree in Business Administration from Cardiff University, and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with a City accountancy firm.

Having moved into industry, he has worked with a number of private equity backed businesses. David’s most recent roles include senior finance positions at Espresso Education – a provider of digital content for schools across the UK – and IPS Specials, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company.



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Gender Pay Gap Report:

Under UK legislation introduced in 2017, employers with more than 250 staff must publish their gender pay gap on an annual basis.

BIMM Institute has published its latest gender pay gap report which can be found here.

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