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To be a world leading centre of excellence for creative learning and vocational training.


Enabling and empowering the creatives of the future to secure sustained work.


Underpinned by our purpose, vision and values, our Strategic Plan sets out what we are, and how we are going to achieve our aims and objectives.

We have six strategic themes which apply to every part of the institution and define our major strategic focus to pursue and achieve our purpose and vision.

Our themes are:


To be recognised as a world leading centre of excellence for creative learning and vocational training within the performing arts and creative industries


Create and develop a culture and environment for equality and inclusion at all levels throughout the institution


Achieve and maintain financial, environmental, systemic, technological and campus sustainability


As a small specialist provider we will empower and enhance the student, staff, and alumni experience within the LIPA Learning Group to meet the evolving demands and requirements of the higher education sector and the creative industries


Employability will be embedded into the curriculum and co-curricular activities to develop students for future employment opportunities and career progression


Create an environment for inspiring creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

LIPA is a company limited by guarantee.  The Directors of the Company, for the purposes of the Companies Act, are;

  • Isabel Begg (Vice Chair)
  • Gina Carter
  • James Dow
  • Louise Ellman
  • Victoria Fea
  • Mark Featherstone-Witty
  • David Fletcher
  • Simon Fowler
  • Geoff Goodwin (Chair)
  • Ashley Herman
  • Kim Johnson
  • Joe Johnson
  • Sean McNamara (CEO)
  • Stella Okafor-Ross
  • David Owen
  • Claire Workman

These individuals constitute the LIPA Council and are known as Council Directors.

The Council is responsible for setting the strategy of the organisation, policy issues and monitoring management performance. It meets a minimum of 3 times a year. 

Our Members

The Members of the company for the purposes of the Companies Act are

  • John Causebrook
  • Flo Clucas
  • Jim Dimmock
  • Mark Featherstone-Witty
  • Rupert Grey
  • Jo Moriarty
  • Roger Morris

The guarantors are the Members of LIPA and are internally referred to as such. They include some of the original subscribers. They are the guardians of LIPA's mission. They meet a minimum of once a year. There is no time limit on their length of service. They have no say in the day to day management of LIPA. They are consulted by Council on questions of long term strategy and the appointment of the Principal. They have the power to dismiss Council-Directors. New Members are elected by Members.


The Council has set up the following Committees, each chaired by a Council Director.


  • Audit Committee
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Board

Memorandum and Articles of Association

The Memorandum and Articles of Association have been approved by the Privy Council and the Charities Commission. Copies are filed with the Registrar of Companies.

Charitable Status

LIPA is a non-exempt charity registered under the Charities Act 2010. Its Principal Regulator is the Charities Commission.

Freedom of Information Act 2015

LIPA has produced a Publication Scheme in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2015.

Equality of Opportunity

LIPA has policies and development programmes in place to promote equality of opportunity.

Public Interest Disclosure

LIPA has in place appropriate procedures for staff to raise matters of legitimate concern in the public interest as required by law.

If you have any queries or wish to find out more about LIPA, please write to:

The Company Secretary
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Mount Street
L1 9HF