Management Team

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 should be addressed in the first instance to:

The Royal College of Organists
PO Box 7328
New Milton
BH25 9DU

Telephone: 05600 767 208

The main telephone number above should be used for all general enquiries.
For enquiries about RCO courses and events, please call RCO Bookings on 05603 488231 or email
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
Chief Executive

Chief Executive 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.


Andrew McCrea
Director of Academic Development

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: 05600 767231

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 of RCO Academy

Simon leads the devising and implementation of the College's extensive educational programme for organists and choral directors and for the recruitment of the next generation of practitioners and audiences.

He 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: 05600 767237

James Parsons
Head of Student Development

James Parsons, for many years a familiar face in music and organ education, is one of the organ’s most articulate advocates.

As Organist, then Director of Music, at Oundle School, and for twenty-five years Director of Oundle for Organists, hosted by Oundle International Festival (which he founded in 1985), James has enjoyed the privilege of opening doors for thousands of young organists through Oundle’s residential summer schools and day courses. He is a visiting tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, a teacher at RCO Academy Organ School with pupils in London, Cambridge and Newcastle, and a Vice-President of The Organ Club. He also maintains his profile as a concert organist.

At the RCO, James has served on the Trustee Council, is a member of the College’s Academic Board and Examiners’ Panel, and is part of the management team as Head of Student Development.

Tel: 05603 440489

Anne Marsden Thomas
Head of RCO Academy Organ School

Anne is Head of RCO Academy Organ School and is widely known for her work as concert organist, organ teacher and church musician.

Her concert and teaching work has taken her to the USA, Japan, Europe and all over the UK, and she has made several commercial recordings. She has published many books for the student organist, and has wide experience of examining grade examinations and diplomas. She is Director of Music at St. Giles Cripplegate Church in London’s Barbican. As well as teaching students of all standards, Anne enjoys training organ teachers.

Tel: 05603 460277

Andrew Macintosh

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: 05601 269426

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

Frances Pond

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

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, manufacturing, business services and charity / not-for-profit.

Tel: 01789 739247

Paul O'Hare

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

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