Gear4music (Holdings) plc


Gear4music (Holdings) plc

About us

PLC Board


Eric (Ken) Ford

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Ken was previously Chief Executive of the quoted investment bank Teather & Greenwood. Ken brings over 39 years of City experience and a strong understanding of shareholder value, strategic planning and corporate transactions. Ken is a former Chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.

Ken is currently Non-Executive Chairman of AIM-quoted companies SDI Group plc and CMO Group PLC, and Non-Executive Chairman of Chaleit Holdings Limited.

At 31 March 2023 Ken was Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.


Andrew Wass

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has over 26 years’ business management experience, having founded Gear4music Limited (then called Soundpro Limited) in 1995. In 1998 he began selling IT systems for the audio recording market before launching ‘Gear4music’ in 2003. Since then, Andrew has retained overall responsibility for driving the Group’s growth.

Between 1992 and 1998, Andrew set up and ran his own recording studio business, having studied Popular Music and Sound Recording at the University of Salford. Andrew is a keen pianist.


Chris Scott

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Gear4music in October 2012, Chris was the Finance Director at Officers Club, overseeing the sale of the business to Blue Inc. Chris joined KPMG LLP in Leeds in 1997, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and went on to spend a further nine years in their advisory practice including a year on secondment at Barclays Bank. He holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration.

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Gareth Bevan

Chief Commercial Officer

Gareth joined Gear4music in July 2012. He was previously at DV247, the largest UK-based musical equipment retailer at that time, where he was responsible for purchasing, sales and marketing. He has over 22 years’ experience in musical equipment retail.


Dean Murray

Non-Executive Director

Dean joined the board of Gear4music in March 2012 as a Non-Executive Director and originally as Chairman. Dean is a Chartered Accountant.

Dean’s previous roles include former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Myriad Childrenswear Group, and was recently Chairman of French Connection Group plc and the Neville Johnson Group.

Dean is currently CEO of CMO Group PLC, Chairman of BHID Group Limited, and is a Director of M.S. Team Limited.

At 31 March 2023 Dean was chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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Harriet Williams

Non-Executive Director

Harriet has spent the last 20 years working in the retail sector for some of the world’s leading consumer brands, where she has led e-commerce and omnichannel sales, marketing, strategy and business development initiatives in the UK and internationally.

Between 2015 and 2018, Harriet was Chief Digital Officer at The Body Shop, where she played an integral role in the sale of the business in 2017 by L’Oreal to Natura. Harriet’s other previous roles include working at Gucci, Debenhams and strategy consultants Marakon Associates.

Harriet is currently Vice President Global E-commerce at the LEGO Group and Non-Executive Director of Stockmann Group.

At 31 March 2023 Harriet was Chair of the Remuneration Committee.