At the heart of the Academic Governance Framework sits the Academic Board. This Board is overall accountable for the development, management, oversight, monitoring and quality of all education programmes across ICMP.

The Academic Board is the supreme academic authority of ICMP and ultimate guardian of the academic integrity and quality of all ICMP education courses. It approves both the annual Self Evaluation Document (SED) and the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).


Each committee has its own clearly stated Terms of Reference (ToR) and regularly reviews a range of ‘Academic Quality Indicators’ (AQIs) which enables the monitoring of academic activities via the use of data and information.

This committee structure and the composition and terms of reference of each committee are periodically reviewed (at least annually) and any changes passed to the Corporate Board for approval.  

ICMP Academic Board

Professor Tony Harris

Professor Tony Harris Dean of Academic Studies
Professor Tony Harris is the Principal of ICMP, a Professor of Music Education, and an Executive Director on ICMP’s Corporate Board. He joined ICMP in 2016 following 11 years at Nottingham Trent University where he was Head of Teacher Education. Tony is also a non-executive member of the Academic Boards of Met Film School and the Royal Northern College of Music, Chair of the Brent Music Academy, and a Trustee of Birmingham Newman University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Angela Morley

Angela Morley  Head of Student Services 
Angela is Head of Services at ICMP and has overall responsibility for Disability & Wellbeing. Angela chairs the Reward and Remuneration Committee, Refund Committee and Admissions Panel. She is also a member of the Executive Committee. Angela is the institutional lead for Safeguarding and Prevent.



Ken Foreman  Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching 
Ken is an Associate Dean at ICMP and chairs the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee. He is also Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) Music Business Programme. Ken has over 35 years’ experience in the music business as an artist, producer, composer, consultant and artist manager.


Ben Jones

Ben Jones  Programme Leader BMus Popular Music Performance 
Ben is Programme Leader and a professional bassist with over 15 years of performance experience. At ICMP, he has been part of the Academic team for over 10 years delivering across a range of courses within the portfolio, and has been an active member within ICMP's governance for the last 5 years.


Stef Jones

Stef Jones  Academic Registrar
Stef is the Academic Registrar at ICMP overseeing Assessments and Administration, Student Systems, Records and data; Access and Participation; and Quality. Stef chairs the Academic Standards and Quality Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.



Jonathan Whiskerd

Jonathan Whiskerd  Dean
Jonathan is ICMP’s Dean and an experienced senior academic leader, educator and songwriter. As a member of the executive team, he has been integral to the management and strategic development of the institution, including our robust response to the challenges of the pandemic, the steady growth of our portfolio, and the development of our learning, teaching and assessment practices.


Lisa Wadham

Lisa Wadham  Head of Events
Lisa oversees the events programme at ICMP, from Open Days to Freshers Week and Live Music Showcases to Graduation Ceremonies. With a background in music and a drive for education, she's dedicated to nurturing young creatives in their musical journeys. As the Gender Equality Champion, Lisa advocates for inclusivity and supports women, non-binary, and trans identities in the industry.


Bex Morrison

Bex Morrison 
Bex is currently Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Student Engagement, Registrar, at Northeastern University London. Bex has twenty years experience in leadership, strategic development, and management, and over 25 years of working in higher education. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, governance, quality assurance, as well as working with external regulatory bodies, such as DfE, OfS and QAA.


Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong, Non Executive Board Member
Bruce has worked in Higher Education for 35 years.  Formerly Kingston University’s Dean of Students, with responsibility for student admin processes, student services and wellbeing, he has acted in a number of roles since his retirement, including that of Interim COO and Registrar at a private HE institution, as well as holding non-executive positions in both higher and further education organisations.


Leoarna Mathias

Leoarna Mathias, Non Executive Board Member
Leoarna is Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement at Birmingham Newman University. She joined Newman’s Directorate of Learning Teaching and Scholarship in 2019 having previously lectured in Early Childhood at Newman and Plymouth Marjon University. She has lead responsibility for institutional student-facing induction and welcome, and the university’s impactful Student Staff Partnership Programme. She is a member of the University’s Council and is also involved in institution-wide staff development activity.