PRS for Music hires head of inclusion and experience

PRS for Music has announced that Colin Campbell-Austin has been appointed as head of inclusion and employee experience as of this month (October).

Reporting to chief people and transformation officer Suzanne Hughes, and supported by a newly created diversity and inclusion and culture coordinator role, Campbell-Austin will assist with the equity, diversity and inclusion and employee experience strategies, acting as an ambassador for the organisation’s culture and values.

The new role will involve making sure that a diversity and inclusion lens is embedded throughout the business at every level, and Campbell-Austin will be accountable for recruitment, learning, talent development, and engagement.

According to the organisation, he has ensured recruitment of diverse talent from all social backgrounds in his previous roles, created inclusive recruitment processes, talent development strategies, and leadership and development programmes, all while focusing on people, diversity, and inclusion.

Campbell-Austin was previously people development and talent manager at Channel 4, where he helped to introduce the broadcaster’s corporate diversity strategy, before joining Telegraph Media Group as head of talent, resourcing and people development. After co-founding consultancy firm Diversity in Media, and a role as director of volunteering for Pride in London, he returned to Channel 4 as head of 4 inclusion in 2020.

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Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO for PRS for Music, explained that the team is committed to embedding a more diverse and inclusive culture, and to build a high-performing and engaged team which represents the diversity of the world.

“Often diversity and inclusion is a specialism that sits alongside other HR disciplines such as recruitment and learning, and has to influence them to drive improved inclusion. We are now taking the approach that embedding inclusion and a better employee experience should drive how we recruit, develop talent and build capability. By creating this new role, we are giving Colin control of the levers that are needed to make positive change happen,” she said.