Leo heads up the Careers and Industry team at BIMM London, bringing both budding and seasoned executives into BIMM to inspire the next generation of music professionals. His team help students become ‘work-ready’ by providing a programme of regular CV surgeries, application training and careers guidance. He also uses his team’s extensive network of industry contacts to offer students exclusive work experience opportunities across the industry to run alongside their studies.
Leo cut his teeth in the music industry while studying for a Bachelor’s Degree at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). He undertook work placements at Atlantic Records and Warner Music before graduating with Honours in 2006. The next year, he assumed the role of Marketing and Development Manager at A Wolf At Your Door Records, spending three years growing the label into one of the UK’s brightest, rock-centric and talent-incubating independents. During his time at the helm, he signed and developed the careers of Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis and Survive Atlantica (who became Eliza and the Bear) – all of whom went on to sign major label deals.
Leo joined Universal Music in 2010 as UK Label Manager for their hard rock/metal imprint, Spinefarm Records. During his time there he signed Kerrang! award nominees, Decade, and the genre-defining, post-hardcore quintet, Finch. In 2015, Leo was promoted to the role of Director of Marketing, where he led campaigns for global artists including Anti-Flag, Korn, Ghost, Protest The Hero, Rammstein and Volbeat, among many others.