RCS seeks new Chair of the Board of Governors

RCS seeks new Chair of the Board of Governors

Published: 19/01/2022

As it celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland seeks a visionary, collegial and strategic new Chair to guide this world-class institution through an exciting new chapter in its role as a centre of excellence and pioneer in education in the performing arts.

The new Chair will join the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Board in April 2022 and succeed Nick Kuenssberg OBE who retires at the end of the year. They will be responsible for leading and ensuring the effectiveness of the Conservatoire’s committed and high-quality Board of Governors in its role of:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the Conservatoire and supporting the Principal and his Senior Management Team in taking forward the strategic plan and securing the long-term future of the institution.
  • Promoting the ethos of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a centre of disciplinary excellence with national and international standing and a growing reputation for research and knowledge exchange.
  • Contributing to the collective decision-making of an institution which places equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of what it does.

In exercising these responsibilities, the Chair acts in a way that maintains the trust and respect of the Board, forms constructive relationships with the Principal and senior staff, and ensures that the Conservatoire is well connected to its various communities and stakeholders including academic partners, staff, students and the Scottish Funding Council.

RCS Principal Jeffrey Sharkey wears a dark coloured suit and blue tie and is smiling at the cameraProfessor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “The RCS plays a critical role in Scotland, in the UK and the wider world as both an institution of higher education (with a large pre-HE Juniors and short courses population as well) and a major performing arts producer, feeder and centre.

“The Chair is also incredibly important in my role as Principal, to help guide, bounce ideas for strategy, open doors and be a critical friend for the work of the Conservatoire.

“I want to thank Nick Kuenssberg for his thoughtful leadership and support over a period of significant challenge, with Brexit and the pandemic combining to create great stress on the institution. His optimism for our future will, no doubt, be shared with our next Chair and I really look forward to welcoming and working with them in the future.”

Nick Kuenssberg Portrait

Nick Kuenssberg OBE, Chair of RCS, said: “When my predecessor Lord Vallance told me that ‘this is the best job you will ever have’, he was not exaggerating.

“A high-level engagement with the board and senior management team of Scotland’s National conservatoire has been a delight.

Of course, it has been a challenge during the pandemic and lockdown, but the way in which both staff and students have responded and the lessons learnt, many of which will impact our curriculum and pedagogy, demonstrated the true underlying calibre of the organisation.

“We now have an outstanding board of governors to support an exceptional Principal with his rejuvenated senior management team.

“Together they will confront the big questions being asked of the Conservatoire ranging from Brexit to funding in an imaginative and determined way. To play a part on this stage and contribute to an exciting future is a privilege and a pleasure.”


The deadline for the Chair of the Board vacancy is Thursday 10 February.

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