Our Committee is voted for by members every January as places become available. Committee members take a position for three years and can be re-elected for a second term.

Meeting three times a year, the committee oversees the running of the association and ensures representation of members’ interests as well as consideration for development in to under represented areas. All of our committee are current teaching members. This is one of the things that makes the Music Teachers’ Association unique.

The Officers of the association include the President, Past-president, President-elect, secretary and treasurer and oversee the strategy and direction. These positions are also elected for a two or three year period.

There are currently three members of staff employed by the Music Teachers’ Association.

Keith Ayling
Media & Publications Manager, Editor

Gill Davies
Conference & Events Manager

Sophie Kirk
Administration, Membership & Finance

If you are interested in contributing to the life of the association either as a committee member or on a working party please speak to a member of the committee or the current president.


Don Gillthorpe

Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Lancaster

Catherine Barker

United Learning

Simon Toyne
Past President

David Ross Education Trust

John Padley
Honorary Treasurer

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham

Caroline Robinson
Honorary Secretary

Warminster School


Keith Ayling MTA CanDoMusic

Keith Ayling
Media & Publications Manager


Gill Davies
Conference & Events Manager


Sophie Kirk
Administration, Membership & Finance



Mark Aitchison
Head of Music at Droitwich Spa High School and Sixth Form Centre

Dr Steven Berryman
Director at the Odyssey Trust for Education

Dr Steven Berryman is Director (Arts & Culture) at the Odyssey Trust for Education and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and Guildhall School.

Emily Crowhurst
Emily is Head of 4-18 Music & Performing Arts at School 21: a pioneering school in Stratford, East London, for children from all backgrounds.

Lewis Edney
Director of Music – Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School, Salisbury

Before joining the teaching profession Lewis spent 15 years as a professional trombonist and now looks to promote the participation and benefits of performance throughout his work, including building partnerships and relationships in as many directions as possible to strengthen and promote music making.


Margaret Edwards
Teacher of Music at Bradfield College, Reading (commencing Sept 2021)

Margaret is currently concluding her PGCE and is about to undergo her NQT years at Bradfield College as a Teacher of Music. Prior to this, Margaret earned a BA and MA in musicology from Durham University. Although new to the teaching field, Margaret is a huge advocate for developing choral traditions for young adults in schools.



Tim Garrard
Director of Music at Westminster School, London
Tim is a huge advocate of meaningful and sustained partnership in all its forms, linking together teachers, pupils, music departments, institutions, charities, and educational phases from both the maintained and independent sectors. He is a trustee of the music education charity, Musical Boroughs Trust.


Patrick Johns
Patrick is a teacher at The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston, a professional trombone player and a radio producer for BBC Radio 2 (Top Brass, Country Christmas, Jazz Junctions).


James Manwaring
Director of Music The Windsor Boys School

James is Director of Music for Windsor Learning Partnership, a multi-academy trust in Windsor. He teaches and works with students from Years 1-13, runs an adult community choir and writes a music education blog – manwaringmusic.blog. He has been nominated 5 times for Music Department of the Year.


David McKee
Director of Music, Cheltenham College.

David is Director of Music at Cheltenham College where he has developed boy and girl chorister schemes for local primary school pupils and has most recently formed a partnerships orchestra.

Luis Pares
Head of Keyboard & Music Partnerships Lead, Dulwich College

Luis has enjoyed a career as a concert pianist and chamber musician and combines this with his work at Dulwich College as Head of Keyboard and most recently as Music Partnerships Lead, which is an area he is passionate to develop. He is also an examiner, and an adjudicator in many music festivals and competitions.

Mark Penrose
Mark is Director of Performing Arts at Bilton Grange Prep School, which has recently merged with Rugby School as of January 2020. In addition to classroom teaching and consultancy, Mark has taught on British Kodály courses and delivered training for iGCSE and A Level Music.

Caitlin Sherring
Head of Lower School Music and Assistant House Mistress (Prep) at Harrow International School, Hong Kong

Caitlin is the Head of Lower School Music and Assistant House Mistress (Prep) at Harrow International School Hong Kong. She previously worked as the Music and Arts Lead at Woodcroft Primary School (Winner: Outstanding Music Department) in London. Caitlin is experienced in utilising music and arts across all curriculum areas to ensure the Arts remain central to school life in any educational context.

Oliver Walker
Director of Music, Repton School

Fascinated and motivated by music’s ability to draw people together positively, Oliver Walker is committed to strengthening music education networks and building better resources for everyone.

James Wilkinson
James Wilkinson is Director of Music at St George’s School Windsor Castle. Here he teaches class lessons, oversees the Visiting Music Staff and takes part in the wider strategic development of the school, as well as running a comprehensive choral programme.

Past Presidents
& Conference Venues

(incoming President at Conference venue)

Rev. S.J. Rowton 1903
W.S. Bambridge 1904
Paul David 1905
Percy C. Buck 1906
E.T. Sweeting 1907
Basil Johnson 1908
H.A. Harding 1909
E.D. Rendall 1910
Richard R.Terry 1911
H.L. Balfour 1912
J.T. Bavin 1913
C.H. Lloyd 1914
S. Pile 1915
A.H. Peppin 1916
H. Riding 1917
C.M. Spurling 1918
Percy A. Scholes 1919
E.G. Croager 1920 Eton
A. Rawlinson-Wood 1921-22
R. Sterndale Bennett 1923
R.O. Beachcroft 1924 Marlborough
Frank H. Shera 1925
Rev. J.B. McElligott 1926
J.W. Ivimey 1927
Reginald Thatcher 1928 Wellington
A. Forbes Milne 1929 Christ’s Hospital
C.B. Allen 1930 Berkhamsted

Douglas G.A. Fox 1931 Eton
Walter Stanton 1932 Tonbridge
C.S. Lang 1933 Malvern
Henry M. Havergal 1934 Harrow
J.A. Davison 1935 Denstone
Henry G. Ley 1936 Clifton
M. Allen 1937 Wellington
H.S. Denton 1938 Marlborough
T.P. Fielden 1939-45 Charterhouse
J.A. Tatam 1946 Radley
B. Chanter 1947 Tonbridge
B.D. Hylton Stewart 1948 Worksop
A.W. Bunney 1949 Winchester
Leonard Blake 1950 Rugby
John W. Wilson 1951 Oundle
John H. Alden 1952 Malvern
W. Probert-Jones 1953 Clifton
Douglas G.A. Fox 1954 Marlborough
C.H. Cowan 1955 Wellington
Hector J. McCurrach 1956 Repton
Frederic Waine 1957 Charterhouse
Willis Grant 1958 Sherborne
A.R.H. Pease 1959 Cheltenham
W.G. Hook 1960 Bryanston
Paul B. Rogers 1961 Brentwood
E.P. Brice 1962 Malvern
R.B. Ferry 1963 Bradfield
Robin B. Miller 1964 Sedbergh
D.A.H. Youngman 1965 Oundle
K.F. MalcoImson 1966 Christ’s Hospital
J.G. Armstrong 1967 Shrewsbury
E.J. Amos 1969 Rugby
M.J. McKelvey 1969 Radley
William LIewellyn 1970 Winchester
Kenneth Naylor 1971 Dulwich
James Peschek 1972 Bedales
Donald Paine 1973 Harrow
Alan Morgan 1974 Tonbridge

Graham Smallbone 1975 Edinburgh
William Agnew 1976 Marlborough
John Cullen 1977 Eton
Roy Wilkinson 1978 Solihull
Jean Carrington 1979 Wells Cathedral
Neil Page 1980 Sherborne
DavidTurnbull 1981 Malvern
Angus Watson 1982 Aldenham
Alan Vening 1983 Chetham’s
William Llewellyn 1984 Lancing
Augusta Miller 1985 Winchester
Anthony Gould 1986 Cheltenham Ladies’
Michael Spencer 1987 Shrewsbury
AlanTaylor 1988 Bedford
Keith Pusey 1989 Bolton
Colin Edmundson 1990 Dulwich College Prep
Jonathan Willcocks 1991 Christ’s Hospital
Peter Allwood 1992 Uppingham
Jonathan Varcoe 1993 Wells Cathedral
John Holloway 1994 Radley & St Helen’s
Robert Gower 1995 St Leonard’s
Andrew Morris 1996 Charterhouse
Hilary Brooks 1997 Manchester Grammar
Graham Griggs 1998 Bryanston
Marilyn Cleobury-Jones 1999 Clifton
Ralph Allwood 2000 Eton
Christopher Tinker 2001 Stowe
John Heritage 2002 Aiglon, Switzerland
Colin Dowdeswell 2003 King’s, Ely
David Bunkell 2004 St George’s, Edinburgh
Geraldine Wills 2005 Oundle
Ian Sutcliffe 2006 Dulwich
Bruce Grindlay 2007 Bedford
Howard Ionascu 2008 Sherborne Schools
Lee Ward 2009 Shrewsbury School
Andrew Forbes 2010 Brighton College
Andrew Cleary 2011 King’s College School & St John’s College School, Cambridge
Scott Price 2012 Rugby School

Sandy Chenery 2013 St Edmund’s School
Simon Kirk 2014 St George’s College
Tansy Castledine 2015 Wellington College
John Padley 2016 Ripley St Thomas CE Academy
Simon Williamson 2017 Wells Cathedral School
Simon Williamson 2018 Eton College
Simon Toyne 2019 Bromsgrove School
Simon Toyne 2020 Online
Don Gillthorpe 2021 St Paul’s School (Online)