Principal, The Harrodian School, West London
Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley was born in Manchester in 1956 and grew up on the Lancashire coast. He was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, the Royal Academy of Music, Manchester and London Universities and Jesus College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College, London and an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Andrew Parmley’s career started as Director of Music at Forest School, near Snaresbrook, thence to South Hampstead High School and the Grey Coat Hospital in Westminster and he is, at present, Principal of The Harrodian School in West London. His broad experience in music, education and the creative industries has led to a life spent in teaching, research, examining, adjudicating, writing, composing and editing and his mission for the City is to promote Education, Training and Qualifications across the full spectrum of disciplines, together with the Arts and the financial and commercial City. For over thirty years, he has been Honorary Organist of St James Garlickhythe in Vintry Ward.
Andrew Parmley was elected a Common Councilman for Vintry Ward in 1992 and became its Alderman in 2001 and has served on many of the committees of the Corporation of London. He has been Chairman of both the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is very active Liveryman being a Past Master of both the Parish Clerks’ and Musicians’ Companies. At present, he is the Master Glass Seller and the Swan Warden of the Vintners and an Honorary Liveryman of the Blacksmiths, Joiners and Ceilers, Horners, Water Conservators and Educators. He is a member of the Royal Society of St George and the United Wards Club and is joint Patron and Past Chairman of the Vintry and Dowgate Wards Club.
Beyond the City, Andrew is President of the National Coalition-Building Institute and Chairman of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity and a supporter of many other charities including the Leukaemia Research Fund and the Sons and Friends of the Clergy. In 2012, he raised the funds for the Royal Diamond Jubilee Ring of Bells and in 2013 he was a founding director of Thomson House free school in Mortlake. He is also a Governor of St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School and an adviser to The Independent School due to open in September, this year. He is working closely with The Glass Academy and central government to generate some two hundred new apprenticeships every year. He is Patron of several choirs and instrumental ensembles and is a Director of a variety of companies, some of which have charitable objectives.