Our People

Our People

To ensure that the College is best-placed to deliver its objectives of promoting and advancing organ playing and choral directing, our team comprises a wide range of talented individuals.

On a day-to-day basis, the College is managed and run by a management team. Read more.

The College's activities across the UK are managed via a regoinal structure. Read more.

The roles of our Trustees and officers are constituted within the Charter to ensure that good governance prevails, and to enable to College to take the best of the musical world to the widest cross-section of our communities. Read more.

Management Team

Members of the management team are responsible for all the day-to-day administration of College matters. Contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed below your convenience.

General calls and correspondence should be addressed in the first instance to:

The Royal College of Organists
PO Box 7328
New Milton
BH25 9DU
Telephone: 020 3865 6998
Email: admin@rco.org.uk

The main telephone number above should be used for all general enquiries.

For enquiries about RCO courses and events, please call the same number, or email bookings@rco.org.uk

If you need to contact a particular member of staff, click here for a list of College officers, their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Registered Office
The Royal College of Organists
120 Pall Mall

Philip Meaden Director

Philip Meaden has more than 20 years' senior leadership experience with wide variety of musical and educational organisations, including Morley College London, Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), Benslow Music Trust, and the New London Music Society.

He has served variously as Chair, Vice Chair, Company Secretary, Trustee and/or Director for several musical charities and companies, and is both a long-standing Member and a Fellow of the RCO. Having studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music and Goldsmiths' College, Philip still performs as a concert organist and is Associate Organist at Leeds Cathedral.

Tel: 020 3865 7001

Email: philip.meaden@rco.org.uk

Andrew McCrea Deputy Director and Director of Studies

Andrew is responsible for College examinations and for the promotion of the institution as a professional and learned body. He holds responsibility for the College's library and archive, and for the Early English Organ Project (EEOP). He is also the commissioning editor of the RCO Journal.

Andrew trained as an organist (at the Royal College of Music and Amsterdam Conservatorium) and has since followed a career in music education. He is a Professor of Academic Studies at the Royal College of Music, and has published articles on aspects of British organ repertoire and performance practice (for the Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, the RCO Yearbook and Cambridge University Press's Companion to the Organ), and on the history of organ-building in the Baltic States (The Organ Yearbook and The Nordic-Baltic Organ Book). Andrew has held several appointments as a church organist, and as a recitalist he has appeared in concerts both at home and overseas; in 1997 he was a finalist in the Lahti International Organ Competition, Finland.

Tel: 020 3865 7002
Email: andrew.mccrea@rco.org.uk

Patrick Russill Chief Examiner

Patrick is recognised as one of the leading figures in English church music, as performer, teacher, and scholar of wide sympathies. Appointed Organist of the London Oratory in 1977 in succession to Ralph Downes, he now combines the post of Director of Music of the London Oratory with that of Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is also a professor of organ. In addition, he is Visiting Professor of Choral Direction at the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

Internationally reputed as a choral juror and teacher of choral conductors, he is also noted as an expert on Tudor organ music (he introduced the reconstructed Tudor organs of the RCO's Early English Organ Project to London's South Bank, in an acclaimed Queen Elizabeth Hall recital in 2007), on various aspects of continental Catholic liturgical organ music (articles for the RCO Year Book and The Cambridge Companion to the Organ) and on Howells's early choral music (he is a Vice-President of the Herbert Howells Society).

He is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Fellow of both the Guild of Church Musicians and the Royal College of Organists – the highest accolade of each institution.

Simon Williams Director, RCO E, S and SW England

Simon studied at Durham University and the Royal College of Music, and began his professional career in school teaching, at the same time contributing to organ and choral education, first as a committee member for National Learn the Organ Year, and then as Honorary Secretary of National Organ Teachers Encouragement Scheme. In addition to his work for the RCO, Simon is Organist & Director of Music at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London, a teacher for RCO Academy Organ School, Music Director of Harrow Choral Society and he frequently teaches on a variety of organ courses.

Tel: 020 3865 7003
Email: simon.williams@rco.org.uk

Andrew Macintosh Director, RCO Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Administration Manager

Andrew's work for the RCO covers many aspects of its general administration, including supporting the examination programme as the first point of contact for candidates, dealing with all aspects of College membership and assisting with the programme of Discovery events.

Andrew is also Director of Music at All Saints' Episcopal Church in St Andrews, and works as a freelance organist, conductor and accompanist.

Tel: 020 3865 7004
Email: andrew.macintosh@rco.org.uk

Marianne Barton Projects and Publications

Marianne has overall responsibility for the compilation and production of RCO News and the College's e-newsletter, Notae Breves, and assists Andrew McCrea with other publications. She also deals with administrative matters for the College's residential courses.

Marianne studied piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music, and for many years combined the role of a professional repetiteur with editorial work for Rhinegold Publishing. She was editor of the British Music Yearbook (now the British & International Music Yearbook) and Music Teacher magazine, and also compiled and edited the first and subsequent editions of the British Music Education Yearbook. She currently works as an orchestral and concert manager, choir administrator, summer school organiser, journalist and editor and, since 2005 has been the general administrator for Concerts from Scratch and The Really Big Chorus.

Tel: 05603 460484
Email: marianne.barton@rco.org.uk

Frances Pond Library Manager

Frances is responsible for the management of the College's Library and Archives, held at Birmingham City University, and provides lending and research services for members of the RCO, and reference services for other enquirers. Frances has a degree in Latin with German from Birmingham University, and a postgraduate Diploma in Library Studies from Loughborough University. A Chartered Member of the Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) she has worked at the Universities of Kent, Birmingham and Roehampton in cataloguing, technical services management and library systems management, before returning to Birmingham to work with the RCO collections.

Tel: 0121 331 7266
Email: library@rco.org.uk

Marc Sanderson Marketing & PR

Marc is responsible for the College's communications, public relations and marketing. He is a Chartered Marketer and an experienced business communicator, having worked in sectors as diverse as education, digital technologies, professional services and charity / not-for-profit.

Tel: 01789 739247
Email: marc.sanderson@rco.org.uk

Paul O'Hare Finance

Paul operates a small company called The Back Office and has been involved with the RCO since 2005. He provides the accounting, book-keeping and an element of administrative support for the college. This work ranges from financial transaction processing and record keeping through to the production of monthly management accounts, annual budgets and forecasts and preparation for the annual audit.

Paul studied at Newcastle University before pursuing a career in accounting within the commercial sector. He held a number of senior positions within companies predominantly involved within the printing and information provision industries before making the decision to work for himself. As part of his commitment to the need for accountants to have a commercial as well as financial awareness of aspects of the businesses within which they work Paul studied for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Tel: 05603 488231
Email: accounts@rco.org.uk

Regional Team

The College's activities across the UK are led by our area teams, with four area directors supported by area consultants.

RCO South, South East and South West England


Area Consultants

  • Ian Curror (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset)
  • Julian Haggett (Norwich/Norfolk)
  • Stephen Pinnock (Kent)

RCO Midlands, Mid, South & West Wales


Areas Consultants

  • Mary Evans (Mid/South/West Wales)
  • Robert Gower (Eastern Midlands)
  • Dr William Reynolds (Mid/South/West Wales)
  • Prof. David Saint (Western Midlands)

RCO North of England, North Wales and The Isle of Man

Director (temporary)

Area Consultants

  • Prof. David Baker (Merseyside, Lancashire, West and North Yorkshire)
  • Simon Russell (Cheshire and North Wales)
  • John Scott Whiteley, assisted by Maximillian Elliott (York and East Yorkshire)

RCO Scotland and Northern Ireland


Area Consultants

  • To be confirmed

Patrons and officers of the Royal College of Organists.

The roles of our Trustees and officers are constituted within the Charter to ensure that good governance prevails, and to enable to College to take the best of the musical world to the widest cross-section of our communities.

  • Her Majesty The Queen
    Vice Patrons
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Archbishop of Westminster
  • The Rt Revd The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • The Most Revd and Rt Hon. The Lord Archbishop of York
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon. The Lord Bishop of London
  • The Free Churches Moderator
  • The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
  • The Lord Mayor of London
  • Philip Moore BMus, DUniv, FRCO, FRSCM
    President Elect
  • Martin Baker MA, FRCO
    Vice Presidents
  • Stephen Darlington MA, DMus, FRCO
  • Sir Andrew Davis CBE, MA, MusB
  • Paul Griffiths FRCO
  • Francis Jackson CBE, DMus, FRCO
  • Simon Lindley DUniv, FRCO(CHM)
  • Sir David Lumsden MA, MusB, DPhil, HonFRCO
  • Roy Massey MBE, DMus, FRCO(CHM), ADCM
  • George McPhee MBE, BMus, DUniv, FRCO
  • Martin Neary LVO, MA, DMus, FRCO
  • James O'Donnell KCSG, MA, FRCO
  • Christopher Robinson CVO, MA, DMus, FRCO
  • Dame Gillian Weir DBE, HonDMus, HonFRCO
  • Peter Wright MA, FRCO(CHM)
  • Martin Baker MA, FRCO
  • Gavin Barrett MMS(USA), SFBI(USA), FRSA
  • Mark Brafield MA, FTCL, ARCM, FRCO
  • The Lord Glenarthur DL
  • Christopher Kent MMus, PhD, FSA, FRCO
  • Stephen King BSc, FCCA, FRCO
  • Huw Jones MA, ACA, FRCO
  • Simon Lindley DUniv, FRCO(CHM)
  • Philip Moore BMus, DUniv, FRCO, FRSCM
  • Daniel Moult MA, FRCO
  • Martin Neary LVO, MA, DMus, FRCO
  • David Wakefield HonARAM, FIoD
  • Christopher Wood MD, MB, B.Ch, FRCSEd (Chairman of Trustees)
  • David Woodcock MA, FRCO(DipCHM)
    Academic Board
  • Tom Bell BMus/GradRNCM, PGDip (Director, RCO North of England, North Wales & IoM) ex officio [from September 2017]
  • Richard Brasier BMus, MMus, ARCO co-opted 
  • Simon Johnson BA, FRCO co-opted
  • Andrew Macintosh MA, MPhil, ARCO (Director, RCO Scotland and RCO Northern Ireland) ex officio
  • Andrew McCrea BMus, MMus, ARCO (Deputy Director and Director of Studies; Director, RCO Midlands & South Wales) ex officio
  • Philip Meaden BMus, MMus, HonDMus, FRCO (Director and Chairman) ex officio
  • Andrew Nethsingha MA, FRCO co-opted
  • David Pipe MA, MMus, FRCO co-opted
  • Ghislaine Reece-Trapp MA, FRCO co-opted
  • Patrick Russill MA, HonFRCO (Chief Examiner) ex officio
  • William Whitehead BA, MMus, FRCO co-opted
  • Simon Williams BA, FRCO (Director, RCO East, South & South West England) ex officio