Governance and management
ABRSM's Patron was Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth. Our President was His Majesty King Charles III.
ABRSM’s senior decision-making body is the Governing Body, made up of an independent Chair, Trustees from our four Royal Schools partners and up to three independent Trustees.
The Chief Executive is responsible for the overall management of ABRSM and is accountable to the Governing Body. The Chief Executive and other Directors make up our Senior Management Team.
The ABRSM family is made up of 180 staff members based at our London head office, over 400 representatives around the world, and more than 600 freelance examiners.
Deputy Chief Executive
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Digital Officer
Chief Product Officer
Chair of the Chief Examiner Group
Director of Finance
Tony was appointed Chair in 2018. He is currently a Trustee of British Forces Broadcasting and the Royal Museums Greenwich Foundation. Tony previously Chaired the Greenwich Foundation, NAAFI, Canal and River Trust/ British Waterways, and Workspace PLC. He has served on several Boards including HSBC Bank, Aston Villa and Welsh National Opera and was Chief Executive of Allied Domecq. Tony is learning the saxophone.
The 14th Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, Jonathan has released 13 albums as a trumpet soloist and produced over 250 commercial recordings for international artists and labels. He remains active as a scholar, lecturer, critic and contributor to journals and books, mainly as an established authority on Bach interpretation.
A former senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Abdul is a Trustee of the University of London, and on the Governing Body of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a former Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation UK, a former Trustee of the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and a former member of the Governing Body of SOAS.
Director of the Royal College of Music, Colin has an international profile as a period clarinettist and has played, toured and recorded with most of Britain's leading period orchestras. He has also published widely, and is co-editor of The Cambridge History of Musical Performance (2012) and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music (2018).
Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, Linda has an international profile as a clarinet soloist and chamber musician. Specialising in contemporary repertoire, she has released over 40 commercial recordings of works she has commissioned, including new clarinet concertos and quintets by leading British composers and works for clarinet and electronics. Linda is regularly invited to teach and lead masterclasses worldwide and has published and presented her research on collaboration between performers and composers and contemporary performance practice at universities and conservatoires worldwide.
Appointed a trustee in 2019, Frances is a lawyer specialising in intellectual property, technology and the creative industries. She has extensive charity governance experience, taking non-executive roles over many years in various arts and cultural organisations. She has undertaken several governance reviews. She is a Fellow of the RSA. Frances is learning the piano.
Chief Financial Officer at Derwent London plc since January 2010, Damian is a chartered accountant, holds an engineering degree from Imperial College London, and is a member of the Governing Body of the Royal Academy of Music. He previously held senior finance positions at a number of property companies including Chelsfield plc and Stanhope Properties plc.
Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2014, Jeffrey is Vice President of the Association of European Conservatoires, Chair of CUK Juniors Forum and Governor at Wells Cathedral School. Jeffrey was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2022 and Royal Society of Arts in 2023. A pianist and composer, he was also a founding member of the Pirasti Piano Trio.
Non-Executive Director of International Personal Finance PLC and a Trustee of The SETI Institute, a US-based non-profit scientific research institute and significant contractor to NASA. Bronwyn was previously the Executive President and a Board Member of QuinStreet Inc., having been its COO. Bronwyn also served on the management committee of De La Rue and before that was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc
Appointed a trustee in 2020, Veronica was Editor of the Evening Standard (2002-2009), Chair of Arts Council London (2010-2018), Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson (2012-2016) and now chairs the Advisory Panel and Monitoring Board for the National Plan for Music Education and the London Music Fund, which she co-founded. Veronica received a CBE in the 2018 and was appointed to the House of Lords in July 2020.
Nicola is the managing partner of the Scottish law firm, Russells Gibson McCaffrey and undertakes civil and criminal litigation and professional regulatory work. She is a former Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow. In 2017, Nicola was appointed as a legal member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.
Leslie Kwan is an American harpsichordist and founder of The Monarch Network.
Highlights of Leslie’s career include: Associate Marketing Director (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Acting Marketing Director (Handel & Haydn Society), and Marketing Director (Chineke! Foundation). More recently, Leslie created a chamber music series for The Royal Marsden Chelsea and Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and in December 2021 produced a Christmas service video with The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace in support of NHS hospitals.