Leadership and Governance

Around 50 full-time members of staff (including support staff) and nearly 200 visiting specialist tutors work at the Conservatoire. This means that for roughly every two students there is one member of staff.

The vast majority of our tutors are active professional musicians, dividing their time between performing or composing and teaching. All are dedicated and experienced musicians with a passion for inspiring and training the next generation of professionals.

For a full list of staff in each department or area, as well as selected biographies, please go to the Music Departments and Tutors page, or the Acting staff

You can also meet our Heads of Department.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire President: Sir Simon Rattle CBE

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Vice-President: Peter Donohoe CBE

Principal's Office:

Principal: Stephen Maddock
Vice Principal (Music): Shirley Thompson (currently on research leave)
Vice Principal (Acting): Stephen Simms
Interim Vice Principal (Music): Simon Hall
Interim Vice Principal (Music): Duncan Fielden
Associate Principal (International): Lamberto Coccioli
Executive PA to Principal: Andrea Cox
Administrative Officer (Principal's Office): Judy Francis

Junior Conservatoire:

Head of RBC Junior Conservatoire: Tim English
Junior Conservatoire Administrators: Mia Walters

Professional Services Teams:

Operations Manager: Jamie Suttle
Academic Administration Team Leader: Rakhi Sahota
Professional Engagements Manager: Lynsey Hopkinson
International Coordinator: Ruth Wootton
Conservatoire Librarian: Francis Firth
RBC Facilities Supervisor: Ian Pountney

Events Office:

Venues Manager: Libby Surplice
Events Marketing Manager: Andy Roberts

General Contact: Conservatoire@bcu.ac.uk

Music Departments and Tutors

Acting staff