Council & Committees

The RMA is governed by its Council, which is elected by the membership. Council members are Directors of the company and Trustees of the charity, and oversee its governance. Much of the day-to-day running of the RMA is organised through sub-committees of the Council.

Council consists of a President, five Vice Presidents, the immediate past President, the Honorary Treasurer, and between seven and ten Ordinary Members. Council members are appointed for a three-year term, except for the Honorary Treasurer who is elected annually. Any member of the RMA can be nominated to stand for election as an Ordinary Member of Council. Elections are held annually with the results announced at the Annual General Meeting each September.

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Simon McVeigh, President
Valerie James,
Honorary Treasurer
Mark Everist, Immediate Past President
(2012-2014 and 2015-2017)
Barbara Kelly
Elaine Kelly,
Vice President (to 2023)
Barbara Kelly,
Vice President (to 2019)
Warwick Edwards,
Vice President (to 2020)
Pauline Fairclough,
Vice President (to 2021)
Sarah Hibberd
Vice President (to 2022)
Annika Forkert,
Ordinary Member (to 2021)
Rebecca Herissone,
Ordinary Member (to 2021)
Laudan Nooshin,
Ordinary Member (to 2021)
Andrew Kirkman,
Ordinary Member (to 2019)
Caroline Rae
Cormac Newark,
Ordinary Member (to 2019)
Caroline Rae,
Ordinary Member (to 2019)
Piers Hellawell,
Ordinary Member (to 2019)
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Chris Collins,
Ordinary Member (to 2020)
Natasha Loges,
Ordinary Member (to 2020)
Deborah Mawer,
Ordinary Member (to 2020)

Officers and Student Representatives

In addition to the Council, there are six Officers of the Association and two Student Representatives:

Jeffrey Dean Michael Byde Ellen Falconer
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Susan Bagust Nuria Bonet Michelle Assay
  • Jeffrey Dean, Executive Officer – Deals with membership payments and subscriptions, takes minutes at RMA meetings and keeps the Association’s rules and regulations up to date.
  • Michael Byde, Digital Technologies Officer – Maintains the RMA website and the online renewal and subscriptions system, edits news items and web features, and supports associated administrative procedures.
  • Ellen Falconer, Communications Officer – Supports the RMA’s publicity and communications strategy, manages the RMA social media accounts, and edits the monthly E-Bulletin.
  • Susan Bagust, Student Liaison Officer – Works closely with students who wish to organise RMA-supported study days to develop ideas and plan events.
  • Nuria Bonet, Research Training Officer – Works with research students and early-career researchers in Music to coordinate research training activities provided by the RMA and to establish collaborative working with other providers of research training.
  • Michelle Assay, Flagship Conferences Coordinator – Liaises with and supports partner hosts for the RMA Annual Conference and the RMA/BFE Research Students Conference.

Student Representatives

Will Finch, Student Representative (January 2018-January 2020)

Patrick Huang, Student Representative (January 2019-January 2021)