George has served as a board member, trustee or officer on a number of bodies including:
Initially the Committee of Principals of Conservatoires (CPC), George became a member of the Board when Birmingham Conservatoire was admitted in 1994. Changing its name to the British Federation of Conservatoires (FBC), George served as a member and as Secretary from 1998 to 2003. FBC changed again to become ConservatoiresUK and George served as a Board member until 2010.
Association European Conservatoires (AEC)
George became involved with the AEC from 1993 and represented Birmingham Conservatoire for 17 years until 2010 and Codarts Rotterdam thereafter. In 1999/2000 he chaired the EU CONNECT project, Music Education in a multicultural European Society and he served as Secretary-General from 2005 – 2010.
British Double Reed Society
Founder Committee Member of the BDRS from 1988 to 1993 and continues to be a member of the Society.
Arts Council West Midlands
Member of the Board of West Midlands Arts from 1999 – 2003 and a Board Member of the Arts Council West Midlands from 2003 – 2006.
Music Education Council
Member on the Executive of the MEC from 1997 and as Chair from 2001 – 2004. In this role George was Director of The Importance of Music symposium (2003) in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Government ministers Charles Clarke and Tessa Jowell making speeches.
Incorporated Society of Musicians
Member of the Executive Committee from 1995 to 1997 and President from 2004 – 2005
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Board member of Symphony Hall, later Performances Birmingham incorporating the Town Hall and Symphony Hall, from 1998 to 2010. George contributed to its Education Committee for a number of these years.
Board member of the charity Youth Music from 2003 to 2010.
Culture West Midlands
Board member of the Cultural Consortium, Culture West Midlands, 2003 – 2008
Music and Dance Scheme
Member of the Advisory Group of the DfES Music and Dance Scheme, 2005 – 2010
National Association of Youth Orchestras
Chair of the National Association of Youth Orchestras, 2005 – 2010
International Double Reed Society
Vice-President of the IDRS, 2006 – 2009. Host of IDRS 2009, the society’s annual conference.
Countess of Munster Musical Trust
Trustee of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust since 2007.
Barbirolli International Oboe Competition
Patron of the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition since 2008.
Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust
Chair of the Music Panel of the Sir James Caird Trust since 2012.
Other memberships include:
1975 – 1976 President, Cambridge University Music Club
1976 – 2000 Rivendell Charitable Trust
1976 – 1993 Director, Claydon Concerts Society
1981 – 1991 Founder and Partner, Quadrivium Music Agency
1989 – 1993 Director and Trustee, National Youth Wind Orchestra
1993 – Trustee, Birmingham School of Music Centenary Fund
1994 – 1999 Board member, Orchestra da Camera
2003 – 2004 Chair, LSC Music Review of Birmingham & Solihull
2006- 2009 Director, New Generation Arts Festival, Birmingham