John Hutchinson - Chief Executive, MCPS-PRS Alliance (1998-2004)

Note: After 10 years at the Alliance (initially as Chief Executive of PRS, and upon the formation of the Alliance in 1997, as Chief Executive of the MCPS-PRS Alliance), John Hutchinson took planned retirement in February 2005.  After a handing over period, his successor Adam Singer took over as CEO.  As of April 2007, Steve Porter assumed the role of CEO, MCPS-PRS Alliance.

John Hutchinson joined the Performing Right Society in November 1995 as Chief Executive. In January 1998, he was also appointed Chief Executive of the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society, having overseen the transitional period which led to an operational alliance between the two societies, the MCPS-PRS Alliance.

John plays a leading role in representing PRS, MCPS and the composers, songwriters and music publishers who are the members of these two Societies, both in the UK and abroad.

In 10 years as CEO of the collecting societies John has steered both the Alliance and its international sister societies towards greater effectiveness and transparency.

John Hutchinson’s career began with Lloyds Bank plc. Between 1960 and 1990 he held Branch and Head Office roles including those of Director of Black Horse Agencies and General Manager controlling and managing change in IT, systems, procedures, premises and organisational culture.

He also attended Harvard Business School and the Cabinet Office Top Management Programme and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Companion of the Institute of Management.

He moved to the Nationwide Building Society, where he held two different positions as an executive main board director between 1990 and December 1992. Subsequently, John was Managing Director of Visa UK Limited, from 1993 to 1995, where he developed Visa’s UK business strategies and managed card and retail payment system operations.