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​LIPA's purpose

LIPA exists to provide exemplary and distinctive vocational performing arts and related education and training.

​Founding learning principles

  • To foster individual versatility.
  • To balance the performing arts as an economy and art form.
  • To promote self-sufficiency and a spirit of enterprise.
  • To promote cross skill collaboration.
  • To ensure parity of esteem for both support roles and performing roles.


Performers and those who make performance possible from all over the world. We want to contribute towards our local and regional profile.

Strategic Goals 2017-2022

  • Goal 1 - Maintain and develop our purposes;
  • Goal 2 - Maintain and develop high quality and innovative teaching, responsive to the changing needs of the contemporary performing arts economies;
  • Goal 3 - Maintain and develop resources to meet teaching, learning, support and business process needs;
  • Goal 4 - Maintain and develop inclusive recruitment of talented students, eager to learn and practice;
  • Goal 5 - Maintain and develop entrepreneurial capacity;
  • Goal 6 - Maintain and develop participation in appropriate local, regional, national and international strategies.

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts ("LIPA")

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
  • Simon Fowler
  • Geoff Goodwin (Chair)
  • Kim Johnson
  • Joe Johnson
  • Ian Jones
  • Sean McNamara CEO
  • David Owen
  • Simeon Scheuber-Rush
  • Claire Workman

These individuals constitute the LIPA Council and are known as Council Directors, who serve for a maximum of 8 years and are appointed by the Council.

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 Associates

Our Associates contribute to our development by applying their specialist experience and knowledge to achieve our strategic goals.

  • James Berresford
  • John Flamson
  • Thomas Schönberg
  • Tony Wood

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

  • John Causebrook
  • Flo Clucas
  • Jim Dimmock
  • Mark Featherstone-Witty
  • Simon Fowler
  • Geoffrey Goodwin (Chair)
  • Rupert Grey
  • Ian Jones
  • Jo Moriarty
  • Roger Morris
  • Adrian Packer
  • Jon Thornton

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

  • Finance Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Board

Each committee is chaired by a Council Director.

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.

The Members of LIPA include some of the original subscribers to the Company's Articles of Association. They meet a minimum of once a year and there is no time limit on their length of service. Their main areas of focus are long-term strategy and the appointment of the Principal. Members have the power to dismiss Council Directors. New Members are appointed by the Members.

Charitable Status

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

Quality of Education

The standard of Education provided by LIPA to its students is assessed within a six-year cycle of institutional audit by the Quality Assurance Agency pursuant to the Agency's contract with the Higher Education Funding Council.

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