Tom Watkins (music manager)

Tom Watkins is a pop impresario, writer, composer, designer and fine art collector.

Early career

Watkins studied at the London College Of Furniture and worked as a designer for Terence Conran.[1] Later he was partner in a design company with Royston Edwards, XL Design set out as a small graphic/interior design practice with Watkins assisted by Steve Lucas ,[2] and employed graphic designer Mark Farrow who designed the minimalist Pet Shop Boys album covers including Please, Actually and Introspective.[3]

Music Management

In the 1980s and early 1990s Watkins managed three successful pop bands: Pet Shop Boys, Bros and East 17.[4][5] He managed the Pet Shop Boys from 1984 until 1989, when he was replaced by Jill Carrington.[6] He was the manager of Bros from 1987 to 1991 and East 17 from 1992 to 1997. Watkins also worked with a large number of other artists including Billie Piper; Art of Noise; Faith, Hope & Charity; 2wo Third3; Martine McCutcheon; North and South; and Grace Jones.


Watkins is a prolific fine art collector, specialising in works from Memphis Group, which was an influential Italian design and architecture movement of the 1980s.[1] In 2003 he designed and built The Big White House in Pett Level, East Sussex, which was featured on the Grand Designs television show.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Me And My Home: Pop, punk and passion
  2. ^ Interview with ZTT Records designer, David Smart
  3. ^ Pet Shop Boys say Yes to Farrow
  4. ^ Gay Boy Bands
  5. ^ The Truth About Boy Bands
  6. ^
  7. ^ Grand Design Series 4 Episode 6
  8. ^ The Times Online

External links

  • When Will I Be Famous