How is the RSCM governed?
The Royal School of Church Music is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, no 00250031. It is also a registered charity, no 312828.
The charity is overseen by a Council of trustees. Decisions are taken by Council or by staff on such delegated terms as Council approves. Generally, strategic decisions are taken by Council, and the day-to-day management of the charity is delegated by Council to the Director and two Deputy Directors.
The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam
The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam became Bishop of Salisbury in 2011. He is delighted that the RSCM is based in the cathedral Close. From his early days as a chorister, Bishop Nicholas has maintained a keen interest in the use of music in worship.
Brian was a Choral Scholar at King’s College Cambridge under David Willcocks and co-founded the international vocal ensemble The King’s Singers in 1968, performing over 2000 concerts with them worldwide. He then spent twenty five years writing and presenting thousands of music programmes for BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and now enjoys a third career as an international choral and orchestral conductor.
The Right Revd David Stancliffe
David was Bishop of Salisbury from 1993 to 2010, and chaired the Liturgical Commission as it produced Common Worship. As a teenager in London, he depped in choirs and learnt the rudiments of organ building from Noel Mander. He has been performing Bach cantatas since 1964 and is within sight of having done them all on period instruments. He shares his passion for early music with young singers at university in Durham, where he now lives and works.
The Very Rev'd Dr John Hall
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall was Dean of Westminster from 2006 until 2019. He taught in Hull and was then ordained in 1975 to serve in parishes in Southwark diocese before becoming director of education for the Diocese of Blackburn and a Residentiary Canon, and thereafter the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer. He became Chair of RSCM Council in 2018.
Susan Pope has over 40 years’ experience in university and diocesan administration. She was an assistant treasurer of Cambridge University, and a Fellow and Bursar of Trinity Hall Cambridge before becoming Diocesan Secretary of St Albans Diocese in 2001. She has had a lifelong interest in church music, joining a church choir aged 10, having organ lessons in her teens, and going on to read music at Jesus College Oxford. She brings experience as a qualified company secretary, Chartered Governance professional, and as a Lay Canon of Ely Cathedral where she served on the Chapter for 12 years.
Julia Mixter is the Director of Transformation at Raven Housing Trust. Prior to this position, Julia has held senior roles in Human Resources for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Human Resources for the Royal Automobile Club where she was shortlisted for Outstanding HR Leader of the Year in Hospitality (2018), and prior to that as Director of People and Operations at The Children’s Trust and Senior HRBP at Transport for London. Julia has acted in a voluntary capacity as an Executive Adviser to the Polka Theatre and as a Careers Enterprise Adviser to a number of local schools. Julia holds a degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management and is FCIPD qualified.
Dr. Margaret Greenwood
Margaret is a Chartered Accountant and retired academic and whose research area is public sector accounting. She retains an interest in research and in service to the academic community. Prior to commencing her academic career Margaret trained with Price Waterhouse and Co followed by a career in industry . She has many years experience of voluntary and public service including non-executive roles in the NHS, experience which subsequently inspired her research. Margaret is Director of Music at St Marys’ Tetbury and sings with both RSCM Voices South and RSCM Voices West.
John Halsey had an 25-year management and consultancy career, specialising in business analysis and market research, combining this with Organist & Choirmaster positions at: St Luke’s, Chelsea, London; the Anglican Chaplaincy, Strasbourg, France; and, during an interregnum, Wangaratta Cathedral, Victoria, Australia. Bookending his business career, he taught mathematics and music, initially at the well-known independent senior school, St Paul’s School, London, and recently in Slough, where he built up arguably the most musical state primary in the country at Langley Hall Primary Academy. John is currently Organist & Choirmaster of Windsor Parish Church and Regional Consultant for Berkshire for the Royal College of Organists. John was consultant to the RSCM’s Area Revisioning Project 2019-20 and serves as Team Leader for the Thames Valley Area.
Tansy Castledine is Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral. She has held several Director of Music roles in large parishes and served in schools as Director of Music and Deputy Head. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Tansy also holds the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership, and was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music for services to Choral music. Formerly President of the Music Teachers’ Association, Tansy was educated at Oxford where she was Organ Scholar at Exeter College, and the Royal Academy of Music, and has been involved with various musical aspects of the life of the RSCM since her early chorister days.
Nicholas Riddle is CEO of the Edition Peters Music Publishing Group founded in Leipzig in 1800. He joined Peters in 1993 after twelve years in the computer industry. He studied piano and organ from an early age, adding choral directing at university. He held several church posts as Director of Music. Since 1995, he has attended St Bartholomew the Great in London where has helped with the music as a deputy conductor and organist when required. He has been a Trustee of several musical charities, including the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Rev’d Angie Paterson
Angie Paterson is an Associate Priest in the Diocese of Oxford where she has spent many years in ministry in rural parishes. In parallel she has been a business consultant specialising in personal and organisational development with experience in public, private and charitable organisations. More recently she has engaged with faith and politics. She has a long association with the RSCM, singing and playing in churches for many years and working on the early development of Church Music Skills.
Andrew has had a lifelong involvement in church music from singing at the age of 8 to playing the organ at churches in Somerset, Farnborough and Southampton. He has held several Director of Music roles in Bristol, most recently at Frenchay Parish church where he established a thriving junior and senior chorister programme. Andrew’s professional life is as a Senior Civil Servant, and he is qualified as a Chartered Project Professional and Chartered Engineer. Andrew is Team Leader for the RSCM Bristol & Swindon Area.
Dr Chris Bridges trained as a chemist and has worked in commerce for the last thirty years. Latterly he has worked as the marketing director for a distributor of laboratory products, leading its digital transformation from a provider of paper catalogues to a web-based business. Chris conducted the British Methodist Youth Choir and is Director of Music at Beeston Methodist Church in Nottingham.
Edward Wild is the Managing Director of Wild Search and advises boards and businesses on senior appointments, with a particular expertise in education, charities and the rural economy. An experienced charity trustee, he has also edited or written a number of publications on education and governance, including the history of Hampton School (2006). During his early career he was a teacher and fundraising and development director.
Mary Evans is a solicitor with 34 years’ post qualification experience. She ran her own company for 23 years and now works as a consultant solicitor. Mary is a past president of the West Wales Law Society and currently chair of the Carmarthen Borough Law Society. She has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 1996.
Brigid Parkin MBA
In her working life, relinquished two years ago, Brigid Parkin has used her data capture and analysis skills to help define and solve business problems across a number of industry sectors. As a business analyst she has been involved in business process re-engineering, systems development and migration, balanced by experience in market research, marketing services and business development. She is Secretary of the RSCM Somerset Area.
Phil Taylor has a lifelong affiliation with church music, having started singing at the age of nine, but only later realizing the influence the RSCM had on his singing. He brings to Council professional skills in Information Technology from his ‘day job’ as director of an IT support company and previous experience chairing a national charity. He has served on the RSCM Liverpool Area Team in various roles for 10 years and is currently Treasurer.
Rev'd Anna Macham
Anna Macham has recently been appointed as Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral following a number of years as parish priest of St Philip’s, Camberwell. Before that, she was Succentor of Southwark Cathedral and a chaplain at King’s College London. She currently chairs the Bishop’s Advisory Group for Liturgy, and brings her liturgical experience and pastoral skills to the Council. As a singer, she has benefitted from involvement with the RSCM since teenage years, and is keen to promote musical and liturgical engagement in the parish and beyond, especially amongst young people.
Hugh Morris has been Director of the RSCM since August 2018. His role is to act as CEO of the charity, and as well having direct responsibilities for managerial and strategic leadership, also acts as a public figurehead for the RSCM.
Hugh is himself an accomplished professional musician, with significant experience as a church musician in a wide range of contexts from churches to cathedrals; and also has a background in education, having spent many years working as a qualified teacher.
The Reverend Canon Sal McDougall
Deputy Director, Education and Mission Delivery
The two Deputy Directors support the work of the Director, and together form the Senior Management Team. Canon Sal McDougall oversees the Education and Mission Delivery work.
Deputy Director, Finance and Operations
The two Deputy Directors support the work of the Director, and together form the Senior Management Team. Stephen Mansfield is responsible for Finance and Operations.
Head of Publishing
Tim Ruffer, as Head of Publishing, oversees the RSCM’s own published output, including RSCM Press and the magazines (under the Editorship of Stefan Putigny). Publishing also works to directly support the work of the Education and Voluntary Departments.
Education Administration Manager
The Education team covers a diverse range of activity, including direct training in online, day and residential courses, our Voices, Residentiary and Millennium Youth Choirs, and our Award exams. Sarah King, our Educational Programmes Manager, co-ordinates their work.
Voluntary Administration Manager
The Voluntary Team works to support the volunteer Area Teams who bring RSCM’s work to life ‘on the ground’ across the UK. Overseen by Emma Huxley, Voluntary Administration Manager, this staff group includes our network of eight Regional Managers
Membership & Technical Data Manager
The Membership Team supports the thousands of churches who are Affiliated to the RSCM, as well as the thousands of Individual members, both in the UK and internationally. Andy Brockway, Membership and Technical Data Manager, is the lead.
Safeguarding is of paramount importance to the RSCM and our Safeguarding Team help us to ensure that we implement effective Safeguarding procedures and policies, and that is firmly embedded within our culture. Jane Fisher is our Safeguarding Officer.
The Finance Team is overseen by Anne Heather, RSCM’s Finance Manager, and works to ensure that RSCM stewards its financial resources in the best possible manner.
Our Marketing and PR is overseen by our Marketing Officer, Angela Hamilton, to whom all media enquiries should be addressed: firstname.lastname@example.org