Uniting the Converging Worlds of Pro and Consumer Audio

As the professional audio industry continues to evolve and the consumer audio industry continues to search for new opportunities, we are now beginning to see a convergence of two once divided markets. On this, the 5th anniversary of the Audio Collaborative event, Futuresource is delighted, for the first time to bring together industry heavyweights from the two colliding worlds of professional and consumer audio, to discuss the technology and market drivers that are blurring the lines between these sectors. Hosted at the stylish Ham Yard Hotel, attendees will see first class presentations and panels from industry titans and Futuresource experts on the growth and the crossover of business opportunities for the entire audio ecosystem.

Key Topics to be Addressed

  • The Home & Personal Audio Market in Numbers - The facts and technology drivers.

  • Voice Pervades the Smart Home - Who will have control?

  • Artificial Intelligence - What is the real impact and opportunity for the hardware, music and service provider community?

  • Bringing Artificial Intelligence from the Cloud to the Edge

  • The Importance of Live & Touring to Artists and the Audio Hardware Industry

  • The Consumerisation of B2B Electronics

  • Music & Audio's Role in the Virtual & Augmented Reality Industry

  • The Opportunities for the Music & Hardware Industry in the Games Market

  • Kids Tech - Untapped Potential - How do 3-16 year olds interact with tech and entertainment?

  • Music Market Outlook - Who Dares Wins

This year's Audio Collaborative event will be an all-day event. Registration will begin at 8.30am and conclude at 5.00pm, with a networking drinks reception to follow. Buffet lunch, canapes, drinks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please join us to obtain deep insights into the trends impacting the industry and to network with the key decision makers in the audio industry.

  • Where? - The Ham Yard Hotel, London, UK

  • When? - 8:30am - 17:00 on the 8th November 2018, with a post event networking session to follow.

  • How Much? - Rate: £220 per ticket (excl. VAT). Conference fee includes buffet lunch, canapés, refreshments and entrance to our post event networking session.

Press Registration

Press wishing to attend and cover the Audio Collaborative event, please submit your request via the email address below. Note: Press places for this event are very limited, and all requests go through a moderation and approval process. If approved, you will receive a press credential and further information. If you would like to check the status of your Press registration request, please contact us via


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Theunis Scheepers, Country Manager, Alexa Voice Services - Amazon

Theunis is the Country Manager for the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) in the UK, a services that enables device makers to integrate Alexa directly into connected products. He’s been with Amazon for just over six years and previous to this role launched the Amazon Beers, Wines and Spirits business in the UK. Prior to Amazon, Theunis worked for Home Retail Group and The Fosters Group.

Shan Eisenberg, Commercial Director - Netgem UK

Shan comes from a telco and consumer background. He has held positions with EE as Head of Home Broadband and TV Propositions and Pricing, Head of Convergence Launch at T-Mobile, and was previously at Orange and Cable&Wireless. He was also the Propositions/GTM Lead for the launch of EE TV in the UK. Shan is now currently the Commercial Director at Netgem, where his focus is to grow the distribution of Netgem TV products within telecom operators, service providers and more recently direct-to-consumer channels.

Joel Sietsema, SVP of Brand Management - Sound United

Joel Sietsema is the SVP of Brand Management, Marketing & Design for Sound United – portfolio company to leading global consumer audio brands Denon, Marantz, Boston Acoustics, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Classé, and HEOS. In this role, Joel is charged with leading all brand and business strategies, positioning development, global market planning, product strategy, and brand design development. Sietsema holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Brand Strategy and Marketing.

Brian Møller, Vice President of Engineering - Roku

Brian Møller heads Roku’s whole home R&D efforts and is based in Aarhus Denmark. Brian joined Roku through the acquisition of Dynastrom, a start-up that specialized in wireless AV solutions to enable whole home experiences. Before Brian co-founded Dynastrom he was Senior Director R&D at Bang & Olufsen, where he developed various connected/multi-room entertainment products. Prior to that Brian held senior engineering roles at technology companies such as Motorola, Siemens and Bosch. Brian holds a master’s degree from Aalborg University, where he graduated in 1994.

Gerry Holman, European Sales Director - Linkplay

Gerry Holman is the European Sales Director for Linkplay. Linkplay is an approved system integrator for Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and a solution provider for the emerging AI market. Prior to joining Linkplay Gerry held senior positions within the consumer electronics and IT industry, and has worked in this area for over 30 years.

Bryan Sutton, Director, Technical Sales - Microsoft

Bryan Sutton is currently the Director of Technical Sales for Americas & EMEA at Microsoft based out of the UK. In this role, he leads the technical sales team that drives solution design-ins on the Microsoft platform across the Americas " EMEA regions, delivering the innovation and development of new products & services with OEM partners, across the Consumer, Commercial, Education & IoT channels. Bryan has worked for 25 years in the IT delivery sector, starting out with UNIX systems, UNIX/Windows integration, spending a period at Intel in the hosting business and has now been at Microsoft in a variety of technical sales roles since 2000.

Andy Barnes, Executive IT Architect, Watson IOT - IBM

Andy is an Executive IT Architect in IBM's Watson IoT practice and specialises in AI and digital concierges. He is responsible for leading engagements with clients to get them enabled and working with Watson Assistant Solutions to successfully drive AI into their businesses and out to their customers. With a focus on Machine Learning and Watson Technologies in the IBM Cloud, he works with clients and business partners to develop an ecosystem to develop architectures and solutions to solve real world business problems. Previously, he was a head architect in IBM's Digital and Mobile CTO Group and lead global complex systems integration projects across major technology trends.

Stephen O'Reilly, Director - ie:music

Stephen O’Reilly is a director of London based management company ie:music and manages artist including Robbie Williams, Lily Allen and Passenger amongst others. ie:music was established in 1992 by two industry veterans, David Enthoven and Tim Clark. The company is focused solely on the management of artists and its philosophy is that their artists’ interests are paramount. As digital technology throws the music industry into turmoil, ie:music believes that great opportunities come from disarray. The company embraces digital technology as an extraordinary facilitator of artist – fan communications, as a means of encouraging transparency and of making everything from ticketing to downloading and streaming more effective and efficient. Clark and Enthoven’s mantra: the artist and the fan are the two most important parts of the music industry, everything else is just the gloop in the middle!

Ric Salmon, Partner and Director - ATC Management

Ric Salmon is a partner and director at ATC Management. ATC has a roster of over 60 management clients including the likes of Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Faithless, Johnny Marr, Trevor Horn along with a roster of over 400 acts through its live division, ATC-Live. Prior to ATC, Ric founded management company Harvest Entertainment in 2007. Harvest represented globally established artists such as Seal, Morrissey and Joss Stone, while developing a number of exciting young emerging artists. Ric remains a long-time senior A+R consultant to Warner Music working across the East West, Rhino and ADA divisions, and through that role has worked with artists such as The Corrs, Bette Midler, Boyzone, Beverley Knight and many others.

Prior to founding Harvest, Ric previously held senior roles at various major and independent record labels including Sony Music, Ministry of Sound, and more recently Warner Music International where he was Vice President of A&R reporting to the global CEO. Ric began his public achievements in the world of music when he was just 18 by winning the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1994. It was at University, while studying for a degree in Classical Music, that Ric began producing and releasing singles with independent labels in London and in 1997 he was taken on as both General Manager and A&R Manager at Serious Records. Two years later Ric became Senior A&R Manager at Sony Music. In 2000 he took up the position of Head of A&R at Ministry of Sound where he stayed until taking the role at WMI in 2004. Ric currently sits on the board of the MMF, and a number of other not-for-profit organisations.

Paul Keating, Co-Founder - Delta Live

Paul has been involved within the audio industry for over 30 years as a sound engineer, designer and business owner. In 1988, Paul co-founded Delta Sound. Over the years Paul has been responsible for hundreds of different productions throughout the UK, Europe, America and the Middle East and has established operations in London, Dubai & Qatar. After some 30 years Delta remains a leading Sound design and equipment rental company with some 60 employees here in London and the middle east. Paul continues to be involved within the running and expansion of Delta. Paul continues to use his experience of the audio profession, together with an extensive understanding of production and technical disciplines to keep himself and Delta Sound firmly ahead in this ever changing and challenging market.

Jeff Rocha, Director of Product Management - L-Acoustics

As Director of Product Management and a member of the L-Acoustics Board of Directors, Jeff accompanies the product development lifecycle end to end, liaising with key stakeholders across geographies and functions to recommend and implement processes and systems that allow L-Acoustics to identify, synthesize, and innovatively address new business opportunities. This role encompasses market intelligence and identification of key opportunities; crafting product portfolio and technology roadmaps cross-functionally in collaboration with R&D, applications, sales and marketing teams; development of marketing and sales collateral and training; and coordination of communication around products and services.

Rich Robinson, Senior VP - Warner/Chappell Music

As part of his new role, Robinson will build the Creative Services team outside the US. He will also lead Warner/Chappell’s international sync strategy, coordinating markets outside the U.S., and will work closely with Mike Smith, Warner/Chappell UK’s Managing Director. At Warner Music, Robinson worked closely with repertoire owners to negotiate and secure the commercial use of recorded music for major advertising campaigns, film trailers, TV programs and video games, across multiple platforms. He also established and oversaw music supervision for films and TV, including Netflix’s Residue, and feature length films including Kill Your Friends and I, Tonya. Robinson successfully placed tracks for significant advertisements including the coveted John Lewis Christmas campaign for two consecutive years with songs from Lily Allen and Gabrielle Aplin.

During his time at Warner, he won a number of awards, including 15 Music Week Sync Awards, four British Arrow awards at this year’s ceremony, and 13 Music & Sound Awards, including the Best Brand + Band Partnership trophy in 2018. Robinson began his career in the recorded music industry in 2006, joining EMI as a Business Development Manager. He rose through the ranks to become VP of Synchronization for Europe and the Rest of the World in 2012. The following year he joined Warner Music Group as VP of Synchronization for the UK and Europe, and he was promoted to SVP in 2015. Prior to joining EMI, Robinson worked as a music consultant for advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi.

Daniel Jackson, CEO - CORD Worldwide

Daniel has been pioneering sonic branding since 1999 when he opened the UK’s first agency dedicated to brands and sound.Through his 20 year career, he has delivered countless sonic branding projects for the world’s largest brands; championing music, voice and sound design as core elements of a brand’s expression. As CEO of CORD Worldwide, which was recently acquired by Keywords Studios plc, Daniel has overseen the agency's expansion into music supervision for advertising, movies and more recently, the rapidly growing video games market. He is the author of the seminal book An Introduction to Sonic Branding (2003) and Hit Brands (2014). Currently passionate about podcasts and cycling, he lives in London.

Stephen Root, VP of Creative Services - Codemasters

Stephen is a highly driven, strategically focused and results-oriented senior executive, with over twenty five years creative development leadership in the video game industry. Multi award winning Audio Direction on some of the most critically acclaimed interactive entertainment successes WW. Entrepreneurial approach with a skill for creative problem solving. Naturally commercially minded and future oriented in thought to achieve innovative results in all aspects of audio/visual development.

Tony Ostrom, President - WiSA

Tony Ostrom is the President of WiSA (the Wireless Audio and Speaker Association). His 25-year career in the consumer electronics industry has been focused on product planning and development, consumer research, technology integration, go-to-market planning, marketing, training and sales. Prior to joining WiSA Tony was the Vice President of Product Development at Klipsch Group where he managed multiple categories including Wireless Home Theater, Wireless Distributed Audio, Bluetooth and Powered Audio Solutions. Prior to Klipsch, Tony played key roles in the global launches of Powermat Wireless Charging as well as the House of Marley audio and lifestyle brand. Tony was Director of Product Development and Marketing at Klipsch Group where he drove the Mass Retail and Personal Audio categories and started his career at JL Audio where he was a Technical Director. Tony has a BA in Music Engineering and a Minor in Physics from Ball State University, Muncie Indiana and is a member of American MENSA.

Robert Wilson, MBE

Former Chairman of Sound Technology Ltd, one of the largest and most successful independent musical instrument and professional audio distributors in the UK, Robert has a career spanning 40+ years. Robert has worked on behalf of both the UK Music Industries Association for more than 35 years, as well as having been the only UK director of NAMM, the USA musical instrument industry association.

Robert Morgan-Males, CEO - Audio-Technica

With over 30 years of experience in the audio industry, Robert Morgan-Males became CEO of Audio-Technica Europe in April this year, having previously been responsible for marketing and sales across the EMEA division for the Japanese brand. For 56 years, Audio-Technica has retained the core philosophy of its founder, Hideo Matsushita, of “audio for all”, as the company aspires to provide solutions for every possible moment of interaction with sound, from recording music in the studio to listening on the go via Bluetooth headphones.

With products ranging from a phono cartridge handcrafted in Japan retailing at £4,500 to a studio headphone that has sold over 2 million units globally, Audio-Technica is equally active in both the professional and consumer audio marketplaces, particularly in Japan where it has occupied the number one position of unit headphones sales for the past nine years. Morgan-Males helped the company achieve significant growth and gains in market share, specifically in the vinyl turntable and consumer headphone categories, which has seen the EMEA division triple in turnover through the past five years.

Sam Inglis, Features Editor - Sound on Sound

Sam Inglis is a recording engineer, journalist, music writer and folk singer. After completing a PhD in the philosophy of science, he joined the staff of Sound On Sound, the world’s leading music technology magazine, where he is currently Features Editor. Sam is the author of Harvest (2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (2006), and his recording credits include Blue Rose Code, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Choir of Wells Cathedral. He has carried out in-depth tests on many products within the pro-audio sector, including headphones, microphones, audio interfaces, recording hardware and software.

Sarah Yule, Director of Sales - ROLI

With a degree in Sound Technology from Paul McCartney’s LIPA, Sarah has gone on to build her career in International Sales & Marketing with some of Music and Audio’s best known brands within EMEA, Americas and APAC. Having joined the East London music creation start-up ROLI over 4 years ago as Director of Sales, she has played an instrumental part in bringing the products to both the consumer and professional market and shaping the growth of the brand around the world. Having previously promoted successful club nights, worked as a mix engineer and remix producer, been a regular monthly contributor to Audio Pro International magazine and received awards for her conceptual audio product designs; Sarah’s experience is diverse and encompasses all aspects of the sound and music process and the business environment. Sarah is a regular panelist in talks around technology, innovation and music; an advocate for women in tech; a 2018 “40 under 40” award winner and a current Exec MBA student at Warwick Business School London campus.

Paul Firth, Head of Amazon Music - Amazon

Paul Firth is the Director of Amazon Music in the U.K. Paul has 20+ years’ experience in entertainment retail including time as Head of Music for Entertainment UK, and Head of European Buying at LOVEFiLM as well as time in store management with MVC. He began his Amazon career in the physical music team, taking on the category leader role for physical music and DVD, before moving to digital music to oversee the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services: the first international role out of Prime Music which launched for Amazon Prime members in the UK in July 2015, and Amazon Music Unlimited which launched in the UK in November 2016.

Andreas Liffgarden, Founder & Chairman - Soundtrack Your Brand

As one of the first non-coders of Spotify, Andreas Liffgarden saw the company grow from zero to more than 10 million paying subscribers and many millions more using the company´s free service between 2008-2013. Heading up Business Development, Andreas was instrumental in creating partnerships between the telecom- and music industry, two industries that used to hate each other but now find themselves in a distribution love affair. The telecom model has since been copied by both Deezer and Beats Music. Now, as the founder and chairman of Soundtrack Your Brand, the Spotify funded streaming company for in-store music, Andreas is also part of the MusicTech incubator Amplify in Stockholm.

Pete Downton, Deputy CEO - 7digital

Pete joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role. Prior to 7digital, Pete held key leadership roles at Imagination Technologies, including responsibility for content and consumer experiences across both the Imagination Technologies and PURE businesses. In addition, Pete spearheaded the company's investment in Audioboom. Before joining Imagination, Pete spent over a decade working for Warner Music Group, holding senior management positions in the company's International Marketing and Business Development teams. He helped to build Warner Music International's reputation as one of the most innovative, creative and respected media players in the digital arena and played a key role in establishing ongoing relationships with major global partners such as iTunes, Orange and Vodafone.

Christian Harris, Head of Digital Entertainment - Three

Christian Harris is unusual in the world of telecoms having started his career in radio and television with Granada TV and then subsequently moved over to mobile content with Sonera Zed. Following this, Christian launched his own video business, Gorillabox, which sold in 2014 and then joined Deezer at UK MD. He is now Head of Digital Entertainment at Three, leading all content initiatives and owning the strategy for content going into 5G.

Inderjit Birdee, Director and Head of Strategy - AI Music

Inderjit Birdee is a Director and Head of Strategy at AI Music. The mission of AI Music is to dynamically shape change music by applying the latest techniques in AI to the song itself. Inderijt leads Strategy for AI Music and works closely across the business including areas such as BD, Product, Finance & Corporate. Inderjit has an early background in financial markets prior to transitioning into the AI start-up community where he led investments and advised early stage companies. He has a passion for the music business whilst being heavily influenced by music personally and professionally.

Cliff Fluet, Partner - Lewis Silkin LLP

Cliff joined Lewis Silkin LLP as a Partner in April 2006 after over a decade as in-house counsel in the music and broadcast industry. Cliff is now part of the team spearheading our Media & Entertainment sector for the firm and he now acts for some of the world's largest names in mobile, brands, recorded music, mobile, live music, radio, audio-visual production and online. He also specialises in working with clients whom are embracing content-based entertainment for the first time such as FMCG and lifestyle brand owners, advertising agencies, digital agencies, investment funds and financial institutions. He has a passion for working on innovative new business models, advertiser-funded programming and in the monetisation of format rights.The Media & Entertainment Group is ranked in the "Legal 500" and "Chambers" and Cliff is ranked as a 'leading individual' in both directories. He is also the founder and a director of "Eleven", a business advisory company working with disruptive business models in the world of Digital Media, Film and Sport.

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Media Partners & Associations can provide their members with a discount on the ticket price. Partners and Associations will also be promoted on conference collaterals and on various signage at the event, as well as receiving a free delegate pass for a director of the association. If you work for an industry association and would like to partner with Futuresource for a future event, please contact Nicola Finn via:



BPI promotes recorded music in the UK & worldwide and champions the rights and interests of a broad range of members, including over 370 independent labels and the UK's three major record companies – Sony Music, Universal Music & Warner Music. Its members accounts for around 85 per cent of the recorded music consumed in the UK.


ERA is the trade association representing the vast majority of retailers and digital services offering music, video and games in the UK. Its members range from independent record shops (Reflex, Sister Ray) to digital services (Spotify, Sky, Deezer, Google) to internet retailers (Amazon) to specialist High Street operators (HMV, Game) and supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons)



AudioXpress remains the authority on audio and reproduced sound by connecting manufacturers and distributors with buyers and consultants around the globe! It's readers are the DIY enthusiasts, product designers, consultants, integrators and opinion leaders.


IOT Insights works with thought leaders in Internet of Things (IOT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication to identify market opportunities and engage with key decision makers and influencers online as well as offline. IOT Insights tracks developments in IOT and M2M globally across a broad range of technologies, applications and industries.