Council members

The Rt Hon Lord Gill (Chairman)

Brian Gill has been Chairman of the RSCM Council since 2010. Before retirement he was Lord President and Lord Justice General of Scotland. He has been active in church music since his schooldays. He served for more than 30 years as organist and choirmaster of St Columba’s RC Church, Edinburgh. From 1997 to 2006 he was a governor and Chairman of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

 

Ian Church (Vice-Chairman)

Ian Church brings to Council extensive business experience. For more than 20 years he was Joint MD of a hi-tech British engineering company. He then helped to set up Central Surrey Health, the first large-scale social enterprise to contract with the NHS, and served as its first Chair for eight years. Ian is Director of Music at St John’s, West Byfleet, Acting Treasurer for the RSCM Guildford Area, and an organ tutor in Surrey.

 

Peter Connor

A qualified accountant with a background in the public sector, Peter Connor has worked in a number of different areas of central government and has experience of governance matters particularly in the not-for-profit sector. Before and after retiring he worked with a number of charities, both large and small, and has a good knowledge of charity finance, reporting, financial planning and control.

 

Mary Evans

Mary Evans is a solicitor with 34 years’ experience. She ran her own company for 23 years and now works as a consultant solicitor. Mary is a past president of the West Wales Law Society and currently chair of the Carmarthen Borough Law Society. She has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 1996. She is also Secretary of the RSCM West Wales Area.

 

Rowan Morton Gledhill

Rowan Morton Gledhill has a lifelong association with church and cathedral music, both Anglican and Catholic. She is Director of Communications for the Diocese of Leeds, and Press Secretary to the Bishop of Leeds. A BBC TV producer/director and broadcast journalist for 23 years, she specialised in music programmes including 15 years producing Songs of Praise. She still freelances for religious programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

 

Brigid Parkin MBA

In her working life, relinquished two years ago, Brigid Parkin has used her data capture and analysis skills to help define and solve business problems across a number of industry sectors. As a business analyst she has been involved in business process re-engineering, systems development and migration, balanced by experience in market research, marketing services and business development. She is Treasurer for RSCM Winchester Area.

 

Mick Perrier

Mick Perrier is Diocesan Music Adviser to the Birmingham Anglican Diocese (although he is a Roman Catholic!). He is Director of Music at Moseley Parish Church and President of the Birmingham Organists’ Association. Mick also works as an estate planning practitioner, dealing with wills, probate and lasting powers of attorney. He has served on the RSCM Birmingham Area committee since 1982.

 

Dr David Price

Dr David Price is Organist & Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral. Previously he was Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral having held Organ Scholarships at Rochester Cathedral and Croydon Minster. Portsmouth University has conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of his contribution to music at the cathedral and to the cultural life of the city. David serves on the RSCM Portsmouth Area committee.

 

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor has a lifelong affiliation with church music, having started singing at the age of nine, but only later realizing the influence the RSCM had on his singing. He brings to Council professional skills in Information Technology from his ‘day job’ as director of an IT support company and previous experience chairing a national charity. He has served on the RSCM Liverpool Area committee in various roles for 10 years.

 

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas is Managing Director of Morgen Thomas Ltd, one of the UK’s leading specialist fundraising consultancies. He has previous extensive experience in arts management, directing arts programmes for major international cultural events. He has worked as a professional choral conductor, serving on the Boards of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and British Columbia Choral Federation. He has also served as a lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver.