Governors – Expression of Interest

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The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students and teachers from all over the world

It offers an end to end education for talented musicians, with a thriving Junior School (JRNCM) for 8 to 18-year-olds and a highly respected Graduate School for taught and research postgraduate students complementing its distinctive undergraduate portfolio. It is proud of its extensive outreach activities and unparalleled network of partners in the UK and overseas. RNCM alumni are in high demand, holding leadership positions across the music industry nationally and internationally.

The RNCM is unique in the UK as, in addition to its education remit, it is also a vibrant live music multi-venue offering opportunities for students to perform regularly to public audiences and to work alongside top professional musicians. With three major performance spaces, the College presents more than 500 concerts and events each year, ranging from RNCM orchestras and ensembles and large-scale opera productions to a host of touring companies and external hires.

The Role

Periodically we have vacancies on our Board of Governors for suitably qualified and experienced individuals who have a passion for music and music education and share the College’s commitment to offer an outstanding and distinctive experience for its students that prepares them for careers in an increasingly challenging and diverse profession. Bringing senior leadership experience from the private or public sectors, candidates will have an appreciation of corporate governance and the ability to challenge and support the executive to ensure that the College is positioned to achieve its ambitious goals.

In particular we are keen to hear from individuals who have leadership experience in the following areas:

  • Finance / investment / fundraising
  • The management/leadership of large capital projects / procurement

Commitment Required

You would be expected to:

  • Enter into an initial term of minimum three years.
  • Spend 12-15 days on site each year, attending Board meetings, the annual Board Away Day and meetings of Board sub-committees, as appropriate year
  • Attend significant College events wherever possible (e.g. Congregation of Awards, high profile student performances, development activities.).

In return, you would benefit from being associated with a world-renowned conservatoire and making a meaningful contribution to the success of its students and graduates. You would also have the opportunity to build your professional networks, collaborate with other Board members and develop your non-executive profile and experience.


All members of the Board of Governors are able to claim reasonable travel and other expenses incurred whilst undertaking Governor duties.

If you have an interest in joining our Board when a vacancy arises, please contact Dr Dawn Edwards, Clerk to the Board of Governors, in the first instance, with a brief statement of the knowledge, skills and experience you would bring to the Board and College. / 0161 907 5438