ABRSM chief executive to step down
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Michael Elliott, chief executive of ABRSM, has decided to step down to focus on new personal and professional priorities
Michael Elliott, chief executive of ABRSM, has decided to step down to focus on new personal and professional priorities.
He will be succeeded by Chris Cobb, who was until recently the pro-vice chancellor of the University of London.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Tony Hales, Chair of Trustees, said: 'I would like to thank Michael for his enormous contribution to the development of ABRSM and music education more widely. He is greatly respected for what he has achieved and the way he has achieved it. Our partners in the Royal Schools and the many students supported by ABRSM have benefitted considerably during this time from the financial support, they have received from the organisation. ABRSM is now well placed to continue its transformation to support its continued development in the UK and International markets.'
Elliott described it as 'an honour to lead ABRSM through an intense and rapid process of change and transformation over the last six years. The passion, professionalism, friendship and achievements of ABRSM’s staff, examiners, local representatives and music teachers have been a constant source of inspiration as has the remarkable musicianship of our candidates, alumni, and scholars,' he continued. 'I wish Chris and our worldwide ABRSM community every success in continuing to build on the foundations laid over the last 131 years. The learning and teaching of music is more essential than ever to the education of individuals, the well-being of society and the economies of nations.'