Governing Body

The Royal Academy of Music, Britain’s oldest conservatoire, was established in 1822 and granted a Royal Charter in 1830 (Supplemental Charter granted in 1998). The Academy is a registered charity, number 310007, and a company registered with Companies House, number RC00043.

Patron

HM The Queen

President

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, Hon FRAM

Vice-Presidents

Lord Burns GCB, Hon FRAM
Sir Elton John CBE, Hon RAM
Sir David Lumsden MA, DPhil, Hon RAM, Hon FRCO
Sir Curtis Price KBE, Hon RAM

Independent Members of the Governing Body (Trustees)

Dame Jenny Abramsky CBE, DBE, Hon RAM (Chair)
Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE, Hon FRAM, FSA (Deputy Chair)
The Rt Hon Lord Sumption OBE, PC, FSA, FRHistS, Hon FRAM (Deputy Chair)
Lord Blackwell
John Burgess Hon FRAM
Robin Butler Hon FRAM
Lucy Crowe FRAM
Amanda Hill (Resigned May 2019)
Rehmet Kassim-Lakha
Timothy Parker
Professor Sir Richard Trainor KBE, BA, MA, DPhil, FKC, Hon FRAM
William de Winton
Damian Wisniewski BSc(Eng), ACGI, LRAM, ACA

Elected Members of Governing Body

Melanie Ragge MPhil (Cantab), MA (Cantab), LRAM, Dip RCM (Academic Staff Representative)
Jon Thorne (Academic Staff Representative)
Kathryn Adamson MA, Hon FRAM (Administrative Staff Representative)
Peter Cowlishaw (Student Union President and Student Representative)

Principal

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, BMus, MPhil, Hon RAM, FKC, FRNCM, FRCM

Senior Management Team

Mark Racz BA, MFA, Hon FBC, Hon RAM (Deputy Principal and Dean)
Professor Timothy Jones MA, DPhil, LTCL, Hon RAM (Deputy Principal (Programmes and Research))
Kirsty MacDonald BA, MA (Oxon) (Deputy Principal (Advancement))
Judith Barber BSc, CPFA, Hon ARAM (Director of Finance)

Sandra Green Hon ARAM (Secretary to the Governing Body)

As of 1 January 2019

Other charities which members of the Governing Body are trustees can be found here.

Honorary Trustees

The title of Honorary Trustee is awarded to retired Independent Members of the Governing Body to recognise their distinguished service to the Academy.

The Academy was saddened to hear of Sir James Spooner’s death. Sir James was a member of the Governing Body from October 1996 to June 2006 and was appointed an Honorary Trustee in 2018. He is a former Chairman of the Royal Opera and the Prince’s Trust.

Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB, CVO William Robert C Ogden Hon FRAM
Sir Rodric Braithwaite CGMG Professor Roger Parker Hon FRAM
The Rt Hon Lord Carnwath CVO Christopher Purvis CBE
Sam Gordon Clark CBE Sir John Ritblat
Sir Howard Davies Hon FRAM Sir Simon Robey
Matthew Ferrey Hon FRAM Lady Smith OBE, Hon FRAM
Lesley Garrett CBE FRAM Sir Martin Smith Hon FRAM
Lady Heywood Nicholas Snowman OBE, Hon FRAM
Professor Sir Barry Ife CBE, FKC, FBbk, Hon FRAM, FRM, FGS Julia Yorke Hon FRAM
Steven Isserlis CBE, Hon FRAM John Suchet Hon FRAM
Dame Felicity Lott DBE, FRAM, FRCM Anthony Travis Hon FRAM
George Nissen CBE John Willan FRAM