Jul 19, 2022
Council is delighted to welcome Dr Graeme Downes to the role of Government Nominee as of 1st July 2022. Coincidentally, like his predecessor Professor Emeritus John Drummond, Graeme lectured for many years at the University of Otago in Dunedin, though he now lives on the Kapiti Coast. His PhD is on the music of Mahler and most recently he has undertaken research on Beethoven. He has a 40-year career as a songwriter and performer in The Verlaines and as a solo performer.
The key role of the Government Nominee is to participate as one of the members of the Registration Board which determines the categories of registration and receives and considers applications for registration. In addition, the Government Nominee participates in all twice-yearly Council meetings as well as ongoing correspondence throughout the year, and on any other Board or Committee of their choice subject to the Institute’s Rules. The Government Nominee may also be asked to participate in any meetings of the Ethics Committee (held only if there is a matter regarding potential breach of ethics or professional standards) and in any other discussions and events where the Council believes their experience and input would be of benefit to the Institute.
The Council anticipates that the Government Nominee will strengthen our position as leaders in music education throughout Aotearoa. Past Government Nominees have included Julie Sperring, Elaine Sharman QSM, Dr Malcolm Tait and Bruce Neil Guyan.