The Conservatoire’s Board of Governors, which meets formally at least three times a year, comprises lay and academic persons appointed in accordance with the Conservatoire’s Articles of Association. Staff and students are also represented on the Board.
The Board approves the Conservatoire’s long-term objectives and strategies and provides overall financial and organisational control. The Board has a number of committees including a Finance Committee, an Audit Committee, a Nominations Committee and other ad hoc committees as required from time to time.
The Conservatoire adheres to CUC guidance as set out in the HE Code of Governance (2014, rev. 2018).
Board of Governors 2019-20
Julian joined the Conservatoire Board in 2013 and was appointed as Chair from 1 January 2021.
His career as a lawyer was at two international law firms based in the City of London. He was a commercial litigator at Allen & Overy and an employment lawyer at Mayer Brown. As Partner and Head of the Employment Group at Mayer Brown, he regularly worked with senior management and boards of national and international businesses and was a member of its London Management Board.
He now runs his own business:
• Advising people on their appointments and roles;
• Coaching and mentoring people in the context of their work and careers;
• Providing an independent perspective as a Facilitator to address disagreements in organisations before they escalate into formal disputes: and
• Acting as a Mediator in disputes.
Dr Roderick Clayton
Janice French is the Saïd Business School’s Director of Faculty Services and Governance at the University of Oxford, where she is also a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall. After an early career in dance administration at the Royal Academy of Dance, she has focused on higher education management holding positions at Imperial College, University College London and Cambridge University before joining Oxford University in 2009. Her experience has spanned faculty and research management, governance, accreditations, resource and strategic planning, and start-up projects. Janice holds an MA in Arts Administration and an MBA in Higher Education Management.
Prof Martin Halliwell
Martin Halliwell is the Head of the School of Arts and Professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester. He is a specialist in twentieth-century American culture, literature and history, and he has also published widely on the health humanities. Martin works broadly in the UK and internationally as an advocate for the arts and humanities. He is currently President of the English Association, Co-Chair of the Arts and Humanities Alliance, and an Ambassador for Early Career Researchers for the European Association for American Studies.
Derek Hicks is the Nominated Governor for London Contemporary Dance School.
Born in Plymouth, Devon, Robert studied dance locally before entering the Royal Ballet Upper School in West London. He graduated in to the Royal Ballet Company at Covent Garden in 1971 and performed with the Company in the UK and abroad.
After retiring as a soloist in 1990, he completed a Masters in Arts Management at City University. He was a freelance UK tour manager, working with dance companies such as the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov (now Maryinski) Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project. He went on to become Company Manager for the Royal Ballet Company , overseeing the move from their West London studios to the newly refurbished Opera House in 1999.
In 2004, Robert moved to Really Useful Theatres as Programming Manager, working with Nica Burns and Andre Ptaszynski on the running of its 13 playhouses and theatres including the London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He retired in 2016.
Mindy Kilby is the Director of Finance at the Royal Opera House. Qualifying in the US, she has extensive accounting and finance experience, predominantly in the charity sector. She joined the Royal Opera House in 2000, where she has been Director of Finance since September 2013. Mindy is also a trustee of Southbank Sinfonia and Tete a Tete Opera and sits on the audit committee for National Opera Studio.
Lesley has wide experience in the cultural sector, both as an employee and an independent consultant. She worked for many years in client-facing private sector businesses, and with several public sector organisations. As a consultant, she has provided project development and management, developed organisational strategies, and written and edited many policy documents, award applications and other corporate papers.
She has worked in commercial and subsidised theatre, dance, visual arts, urban regeneration, literature, theatre design, classical music, arts education, community regeneration and citizenship.
She was previously on the Board of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, serving on the HR Committee and chairing the Risk and Audit Committee.
Guy Stobart is the Nominated Governor for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
William Underhill is the Nominated Governor for National Centre for Circus Arts.
Louise Verrill is the Nominated Governor for Rambert School.
Tamas is a Partner at KPMG LLP working in the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare practice. He focuses on central government and is KPMG’s lead Partner for several government departments. A chartered accountant, he is an experienced external audit, internal audit and risk management practitioner specialising in bespoke risk management and assurance services. Tamas was appointed to Central School of Ballet’s Board of Governors and as Chair of the Audit Committee in 2013 and is currently the school’s nominated governor on the Board of the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama.