A music promoter is making a difference to the world by using his experience of working for the United Nations.
David Stopps, famous in Aylesbury for attracting bands such as the Ramones, has been working for the world organisation since 2007.
He said: “They send me around the world every now and again to promote workshops.”
Mr Stopps was approached by the UN in 2007 after it witnessed several of his presentations when he was the organisation’s representative for the International Music Managers’ Forum at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva.
Mr Stopps acted on behalf of international artists and he was later asked by the UN to write his book, How to Make a Living from Music.
He then began to present music workshops for the UN to governments around the world and just two weeks ago he presented to the Jamaican government in Kingston.
The 64 year old said he has no intention of slowing down.
“I’m going the other way. I’m getting faster and faster and taking on more and more as my life goes on.”
He is also in the process of updating his book which is due to be released later this year.
“I’ve got several careers so I do need to juggle them around. Managing Howard Jones is a major one.”
Earlier this year before beginning an American tour with Jones, Mr Stopps said he was forced into contacting Hilary Clinton to help sort out trouble with his artist’s visa.
The promoter said his career was full of interesting stories but that he was proud of it.
“I believe you make your own luck,” he added.
“You try to play to your strengths. I’m quite good at these workshops.
“All managers are failed musicians, really.”
While Mr Stopps has spent time in the likes of Tunisia and Trinidad this year, he remains fond of coming home.
“I live in Aylesbury and I think it is a great town.
“My family have been in this town for more than 500 years.”