Lynne Best (née McDowell) is a Director of The Fourth Pillar, a venture dedicated to championing creators and the importance of the creative industries. She was previously Head of Communications for the music licensing company PPL and Director at Well Red Music and Media, which provided corporate communications and policy advice to a range of global media and music companies. She has also held the role of Head of PR at BPI, the UK’s representative body for record labels and music technology companies and organiser of The BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize.
Prior to working in music and the creative industries, Lynne started her career at the European Parliament in Brussels following the completion of her international business degree at the EM Business School in Strasbourg - one of the most elite “grandes écoles” in France, ranking in the top 20 business schools in the nation. She is proficient in both French and Spanish.
As a keen country and Americana fan, she is Chair of the Americana Music Association UK and a regular traveller to Nashville. She has a passion for the music sector in her homeland of Northern Ireland where she is Vice Chair of the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast and a Board Member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She is also on the Advisory Panel of the all-Ireland mental health initiative, Minding Creative Minds.