Above: Lynne Williams
By Ruth Knight
Lynne Williams will retire and step down as Principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Over four years, she has overseen a number of developments & successes:
1. Developing a new strategic plan and business model for the institution;
2. Broadening the school’s mission to highlight community engagement;
3. Guildhall School ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey;
4. Achieving the ‘Gold Award’ in the 2018 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF);
5. School-wide approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion;
6. Establishment of the Guildhall Young Artists division and the launch of Music Education Islington;
7. Key appointments including a new Vice Principal and Director of Drama as well as Vice Principal and Director of Production Arts;
8. Deepening of the relationship with the Barbican in shared artistic and educational programming initiatives;
9. Extensive lobbying for positive Brexit outcomes and navigating the obstacles it has created for specialist higher education sector;
10. Navigating the pandemic with a transition to delivering high-quality online teaching and learning;
11. The launch of Guildhall Live Events;
12. Development of new Institute for Social Impact Research in the Performing Arts
13. Guildhall’s participation as a founding partner in Culture Mile.
Guildhall School of Music & Drama is provided by the City of London Corporation and is ranked as the top UK conservatoire in the Guardian Music and Drama league tables.
Its Governors will now consider the next steps in appointing the school’s next principal.