Board Members


The Board, comprising of individuals who give their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, meets approximately 6 times a year to review strategy and operational performance and to set operating plans and budgets. The Board consists of a maximum of 13 members appointed as follows:

Elected: Nominated by 10 members of the Society, unless recommended by the Board
Nominated: Nominated by Manchester City Council (1) and GMCA (2), appointed by the Board

The Chief Executive reports to the Board on behalf of the Management and Staff.

The Hallé Staff support the day-to-day administration and running of the Orchestra and its Ensembles, which includes scheduling concerts, planning repertoire, travel logistics, marketing, finances, funding and education work.

Sharon Amesu
Chair of Institute of Directors Greater Manchester and Leadership Consultant

Cllr Azra Ali (Manchester City Council representative on the Board)
Councillor for Burnage

Eamonn Boylan (GMCA representative on the Board)
Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Dr Alex Connock
Fellow in Marketing at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Darren Drabble
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at DWF Group PLC

Tim Edge
Former Audit Partner at Deloitte

Cllr Janet Emsley (GMCA representative on the Board)
Councillor for Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Juergen Maier CBE
Chair at Digital Catapult, NED at Northern Powerhouse Partnership Ltd (NPP), Board Member at GM Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd, Honorary Professor at University of Manchester

David McKeith (Chair)
Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman at Norcros plc and a non-executive director of Manchester Concert Hall Limited. Former NW Senior Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers and former Chairman of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Professor Linda Merrick
Principal at the Royal Northern College of Music and professional clarinettist

His Honour John Phillips CBE
A former professional violinist, barrister and circuit judge

Merryl Webster
Consultant and former Managing Director of Format Solutions. Former Chairman of the Hallé Choir

Aileen Wiswell MBE
Whitehall Campus Programme Lead, Cabinet Office


The Board has three standing sub-committees with specific areas of responsibility and which make recommendations to the Board: Audit Committee, Nominations and Remuneration Committee and Investment Committee. Other ad hoc sub-committees may also be formed to oversee special projects and their terms of operation are agreed in advance by the Board.

The members of the three standing committees are:

Audit Committee
Tim Edge (Chair)
John Phillips
Will Smith (co-optee)
Merryl Webster

Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Sharon Amesu
Darren Drabble (Chair)
David McKeith
Merryl Webster
Aileen Wiswell MBE

Hallé Endowment Trust/Investment Committee
John Schultz CBE (Chair)
Carol Culley
John Eckersley
Ruth Harkin (Investment Committee only)
David McKeith
Edward Pysden
Elizabeth Shepherd

The Hallé Society Group consists of the Hallé Concerts Society, its subsidiary Hallé Promotions Limited and three related trusts: the Hallé Endowment Trust; the Charles Hallé Foundation and the Hallé Concerts Society Sickness and Benevolent Fund, which are aggregated on the basis that they represent branches of the Society.

The Society also has a connected charity, the Terence Judd Trust Fund.

Terms of Reference

Download the committee reports below (PDF)

Audit Committee
Investment Committee
Nominations and Remuneration Committee

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