Darrel H Sheinman
Founder & Head of Production, A&R / Gearbox Records
Darrel Sheinman is an award winning entrepreneur. After a career as a financial and commodities derivatives trader with blue chip banks including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Societe Generale, as well as an independent trader on the futures exchange, he founded Pole Star Global in 1998, the world’s leading maritime electronic surveillance system. More recently, through his experience as a semi-professional drummer, audiophile and Blue Note record collector, he founded Gearbox Records Ltd in 2009, one the UK’s leading vinyl record labels, to deliver vinyl product of uncompromising quality. The business incorporates a jazz, folk and electronica label and a highly specialised mastering and cutting facility incorporating some of the most important modern and vintage equipment made.
His strong entrepreneurial, financial and corporate background, combined with experience in the field as a maritime security professional and as a music specialist, has meant he is in demand for advisory and board roles. In this capacity, he has served on the Council of the Royal Geographical Society (where he is a Fellow), The Department for Trade and Industry Energy Board (now BIS), several venture capital trust boards, and a medical vision screening board. In addition to running Gearbox Records Ltd, he advises from time to time across a broad spectrum of activities, including budding entrepreneurs in an incubator fund through to ex special forces operatives on maritime security matters and developing mastering quality control specifications for the Music Producers Guild. He has a Joint BSc Honours degree in Chemistry and Business Administration.
Darrel is a proud father, and when time allows he enjoys playing the drums. Being an ex Harlequins player, he is an avid rugby fan as well as enjoying fishing, skiing, motor racing and martial arts.