Our Senior Management Team, led by the Principal, is responsible for every aspect of the smooth day-to-day running of the institution. This includes teaching and research, student and staff welfare, financial management, administration, fundraising, and much more.

Find out a bit more about our individual roles here:

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE


I am a performer, writer, educator and recording producer. I am responsible, under the Governing Body, for all areas of the Academy’s life and work.

Professor Timothy Jones

Deputy Principal

I am a musicologist, performer and educator, and I am responsible for all aspects of the Academy's educational, artistic and research activities.

Kirsty MacDonald

Deputy Principal (Advancement)

I joined the Academy in 2016 and am responsible for fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations. I play a key strategic role on the Senior Management Team, identifying new income streams and planning celebrations and the campaign for the Bicentenary.

Karen Di Lorenzo

Director of Finance

I am a qualified accountant and I have responsibility for Academy financial and investment management and for external financial reporting and compliance with statutory requirements. I manage the Finance and Estates teams.

Professor Elizabeth Kenny

Dean of Students

I oversee student support, learning resources (including the Academy’s collections and IT resources), recruitment and admissions, as well as our access and participation activities.

Catherine Jury

Registrar and Director of Student Operations

I have senior management responsibility for the student lifecycle, academic governance, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, Human Resources, IT, data protection and cyber security. I am the lead contact with all external Higher Education agencies and I manage the Academy’s responses to regulatory changes in the sector.