Gear4music (Holdings) plc


Gear4music (Holdings) plc

About us

PLC Board


Eric (Ken) Ford

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Ken was previously Chief Executive of Teather & Greenwood, the investment bank, becoming Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Corporate Finance. Ken brings a strong understanding of shareholder value, strategic planning and corporate transactions.

Mr Ford was Chairman of the UK society of Investment Analysts and a former Chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) and member of the EU Advisory Committee to the Corporation of London. Ken’s previous directorships include Aberdeen Asset Management and Morgan Grenfell.

Ken is currently Chairman of AIM-quoted companies BrainJuicer Group PLC, Nakama Group plc and Scientific Digital Imaging plc. Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.


Andrew Wass

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has over 20 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 the audit team of KPMG LLP in Leeds in 1997, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and went on to spend nine further 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, a £36 million turnover musical equipment retailer, where he was responsible for purchasing, sales and marketing. He has 17 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 chairman. Dean is a Chartered Accountant, former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Myriad Childrenswear Group, and is currently a non-executive director of French Connection, and Chairman of Neville Johnson Limited and Yumi International Limited.