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Corporate Information

The Conservatoire works through a formal collaborative arrangement among its six member schools, as set out in a Members’ Agreement (agreed 11 October 2017).

Working through a shared consultative and decision-making structure, together with the leadership of the Conservatoire, the Member Schools agree the Conservatoire’s overall strategy and policy. While each of the Schools remains a legally autonomous organisation, all students on a higher education programme of study with a Member School are registered students of the Conservatoire, which has the same institutional duty of care and obligations to its students as all higher education institutions that are registered with the Office for Students.

The Conservatoire is also ultimately accountable for the proper use and stewardship of the public funds it receives. The Conservatoire’s main tasks are to:

  • plan, deliberate and take decisions about the Conservatoire’s strategy and development
  • facilitate collaborative working and joint activities between the Schools, their staff and students
  • ensure equity of treatment of all Conservatoire students
  • liaise with external funding and regulatory bodies such as the Office for Students (OfS) and Research England over funding, reporting and other relevant matters
  • promote the collective interests of the Conservatoire and its Schools

The activities in support of the Conservatoire’s functions consist mainly of:

  • deliberative meetings of a governing board, Senate, sub-committees, and working groups
  • preparation of policy and other relevant papers
  • academic quality assurance and enhancement 
  • quality assurance and enhancement of the student experience
  • maintaining records
  • data collection, analysis presentation and reporting
  • financial planning and management
  • overseeing joint projects, conferences and performances
  • knowledge transfer and sharing of good practice 
  • administration of the above.

Conservatoire Executive Committee

The Conservatoire’s Board of Governors has delegated executive responsibility for the organisation to a Chief Executive who determines the direction and management of the Conservatoire and leads its central staff.  The Chief Executive is the Conservatoire’s Accountable Officer and takes responsibility for the day-to-day conduct of the Conservatoire’s business.

The Chief Executive is supported by the Conservatoire Executive Committee (“CEC”).  Together, the Chief Executive and CEC provide collective leadership for the Conservatoire.  CEC is chaired by the Chief Executive and includes the Principal of each Conservatoire member school.  The CEC is supported by the Finance Directors of the member schools and the Conservatoire’s shared services team.

The CEC considers matters relating to policy and the strategic direction of the Conservatoire, receives reports on the work of the Senate and the Conservatoire’s various committees and working groups, and considers recommendations from these bodies. Full meetings of the CEC are held three or four times a term.


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