Officers and Council 2013-14
The Council is the governing body of the Academy. It is chaired by the President and comprises nine officers and 15 ordinary members.
Lord Stern of Brentford, President
Professor Michael Fulford, Treasurer
Professor Jonathan Bate, Vice-President (Humanities)
Professor Vicki Bruce, Vice-President (Communications and External Relations)
Professor Colin Crouch, Vice-President, (Social Sciences)
Professor Iain McLean, Vice-President (Public Policy)
Professor Martin Millett, Vice-President (British Academy Sponsored Institutes and Societies)
Professor Nigel Vincent, Vice-President (Research and HE Policy)
Dame Helen Wallace, Foreign Secretary
Professor Chris Wickham, Publications Secretary
Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford) became the 29th President of the British Academy in July 2013, in succession to Sir Adam Roberts. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy in 1993.
Lord Stern is a leading British economist and academic. Since 2007 he has been the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, and also Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught and researched at universities around the world including Oxford, Warwick, MIT, the Collège de France and the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, the People's University of China and the Indian Statistical Institute. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004.
He has made a major contribution to the economics of public policy and to development economics. As head of the Government Economic Service, he led the ground-breaking Stern Review on the economics of climate change, published in 2006, which has had great influence around the world. He has been Chief Economist of the EBRD and of the World Bank and has served as adviser to governments, businesses and NGOs in many countries and as Second Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury. He is Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the British Museum.
As President, Lord Stern joins a roll that includes many major figures in the academic and public life of the UK, including the Earl of Balfour, Sir Isaiah Berlin and Baroness O'Neill. He is the first President from the LSE since Lord Robbins in 1962.
Michael Fulford has been Treasurer since 2010. He was Chairman of the Board for Academy-Sponsored Institutes and Societies (BASIS) and ex-officio Vice-President from 2005 to 2010.
He was elected to the Fellowship in 1994.
He is an archaeologist whose principal interests are Roman urban archaeology, economy and trade, material culture, and landscape and technology.
His recent publications include
- Life and Labour in Late Roman Silchester: Excavations in Insula IX from 1997 ((co-authored) Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 2006),
- Iron Age and Romano-British Settlements and Landscapes of Salisbury Plain (Wessex Archaeology, 2006), and
- Lullingstone Roman Villa (English Heritage, 2003);
As well as numerous chapters and articles.
Professor Fulford is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading, where he has been based since 1974, as well as Director of the Field School at Silchester.
He is currently President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and Chair of Main Panel H (Architecture and the Built Environment, Town and Country Planning, Geography and Environmental Studies, Archaeology) for the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise.
He was Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading 1998-2004.
Professor Jonathan Bate became the Provost of Worcester College, Oxford in 2011. He is well known as a biographer, critic, broadcaster and Shakespeare scholar, with wide-ranging research interests in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, Romanticism, biography, contemporary poetry and theatre history. His books include:
- The Genius of Shakespeare (1997),
- Soul of the Age (2008) and
- English Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2010)
He was previously Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick (2003-2011), and King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool (1990-2003).
He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1999 and of the Royal Society for Literature in 2004. In 2004 he also won both the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Prize for John Clare: A Biography. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours for his services to higher education.
He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Council of the AHRC, broadcasts regularly for the BBC and writes for the Guardian, Times, TLS and Sunday Telegraph. His most recent venture is the one-man play he wrote for Simon Callow, which toured regional theatres and the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 as The Man from Stratford and subsequently ran at the Trafalgar Studios in London in 2011 as Being Shakespeare.
Professor Vicki Bruce is Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle University. She was previously Professor of Psychology at the Universities of Nottingham and Stirling, where she was also Deputy Principal for Research; then from 2002-08 she was Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.
She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1999 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Psychological Society (BPS). In 1997 she was awarded the OBE for services to Psychology.
She was editor of the British Journal of Psychology from 1995 to 2000, and joint winner of the BPS Cognitive Psychology award in 2000. In 2001 she was awarded the BPS Book award (with Andy Young, York), for In the eye of the beholder: The science of face perception (1998), written to accompany a successful exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Her research has resulted in five authored/co-authored books, six edited/co-edited books and over 100 refereed journal articles. She was a member of the ESRC Council (1992-96), the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (1995-2001) and the Broadcasting Council for Scotland; and chaired the RAE Psychology panels in 1996 and 2001. She was President of the British Psychological Society during its Centenary year in 2001.
Colin Crouch, Vice-President for Social Sciences, was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 2005. He previously served as chair of Section S4, Sociology, Demography and Social Statistics.
He is Professor Emeritus of the Business School of Warwick University. He is also an External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He previously taught sociology at the LSE (1973-85); was fellow and tutor in politics at Trinity College, Oxford, and professor of sociology at the University of Oxford (1985-98); professor of comparative social institutions at the European University Institute, Florence (1995-2004); and professor of governance and public management at Warwick University Business School (2005-2011).
He has published within the fields of comparative European sociology and industrial relations, on economic sociology, and on contemporary issues in British and European politics. His most recent books include:
- Social Change in Western Europe (1999);
- Post-Democracy (2004);
- Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs (2005);
- The Strange Non-death of Neolibealism (2011).
The German translation of this last was awarded the annual prize of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for Das politische Buch. He is currently completing a European Union research project on the governance of uncertainty and sustainability in labour markets and social policy in European countries, and continues to write on comparative European themes, especially relating to political economy.
Iain McLean is a Professor of Politics at Oxford University and a fellow of Nuffield College. He became a Fellow of the Academy in 2008 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, Iain holds a doctorate from Oxford and has worked in Newcastle upon Tyne, Warwick, and Oxford. He has held visiting appointments at Stanford, Yale, and the Australian National University.
His main research areas are in 18th-century political thought and in current (mostly UK) politics and public policy. As well as numerous scholarly articles, his recent books include
- Adam Smith: Radical and Egalitarian
- What’s wrong with the British Constitution?
- Rational Choice and British Politics
- State of the Union (with Alistair McMillan)
He is a frequent expert witness at parliamentary inquiries and occasional contributor to Guardian: Comment is Free. He is a member of the Politics and International Relations sub-panel for the Research Excellence Framework reporting in 2014.
In his spare time, Iain is Vice-Chairman of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Co (steam locomotive fireman) and Chairman of the Cherwell Singers (emergency tenor).
Professor Martin Millett, Vice-President (British Academy Sponsored Institutes and Societies)
Martin Millett is Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He studied at the University of London Institute of Archaeology, did his doctorate at Merton College Oxford, and then worked at Hampshire Museum Service before taking up a post in Durham.
He taught at Durham University (1981-98) and Southampton University (1999-2001). His main interests are in the social and economic archaeology of the Roman world, and in particular issues of social change.
His is active in fieldwork in both northern England and central Italy. He is currently Treasurer of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Nigel Vincent was appointed chair of the Research Committee and Vice-President (Research and Higher Education Policy) in February 2010.
He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy in 2006.
His research interests lie in the modelling of grammatical change using feature-based approaches to morphology and syntax, especially within the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar.
He is a former President of the Philological Society and of the International Society for Historical Linguistics.
He has written numerous articles and chapters on the history and structure of Latin and the Romance languages, in particular on Italian and the dialects of Italy.
He was co-director of the AHRC-funded project entitled Sintassi degli Antichi Volgari d’Italia (2000-5).
He is Professor Emeritus of General and Romance Linguistics at the University of Manchester having previously held the Mont Follick Chair of Comparative Philology until his retirement in 2011.
He has been an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and has held visiting posts at the Universities of Copenhagen, Pavia and Rome.
In RAE 2008 he was chair of Main Panel M, which included Modern Languages, Celtic Studies, Linguistics and English Language & Literature, and in 2009 was a member of HEFCE’s Expert Advisory Group on the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Dame Helen Wallace is Emeritus Professor in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include the Politics of European Integration; European Regulation and Governance; and Enlargement of the European Union.
She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000 and in 2006 received a Lifetime Award for service to European Studies from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. She became a Centennial Professor at the LSE in September 2007 and Emeritus Professor in 2010; and is also Honorary Professor at the University of Sussex.
Dame Helen previously held posts at the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Sussex, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Civil Service College and UMIST, and from 1998 to 2001 she directed the ESRC’s One Europe or Several? programme.
She has had visiting assignments at universities and research institutes across Europe and the US, and has authored and co-authored numerous publications on the politics of European integration. She also contributes to public debates on European issues and continues to act as an adviser on European policy to public bodies in the UK and to European Union institutions. In the New Year’s Honours List 2011 she was made a Dame for her services to social science.
Chris Wickham took up his appointment as the Academy's Publications Secretary in July 2009.
He has has been a Fellow of the Academy since 1998.
His principal publications include
- The Inheritance of Rome (2009),
- Framing the Early Middle Ages (2005),
- Courts and Conflict in Twelfth-century Tuscany (2003),
- Community and Clientele in Twelfth-century Tuscany (1998),
- The Mountains and the City (1988), (with J.W. Fentress),
- Social Memory (1992),
- Land and Power: Studies in Italian and European Social History, 400-1200 (1994), and
- Early Medieval Italy: Central Power and Local Society 400-1000 (1981).
His main research interests are in medieval Italy, and the comparative history and archaeology of early medieval Europe. His research focus in Italy for many years has been Tuscany but he is now working on the history of Rome in the tenth to twelfth centuries.
Professor Wickham is at present Chichele Professor of Medieval History in the University of Oxford, and until 2012 is Chair of the Faculty of History there.
Before 2005, he worked for nearly thirty years at the University of Birmingham, becoming Professor of Medieval History.
He has also held visiting appointments in Florence, Barcelona, and Paris, and works with archaeologists at the University of Siena.
He was a member of the History sub-panel for the 2008 RAE. He was for fifteen years (1994-2009) editor of Past and Present.
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Mr Robin Briggs
Professor R Cairns Craig
Professor Mary Fulbrook
Professor Georgina Herrmann
Professor Deborah Howard
Professor Andrew Louth
Professor John Marenbon
Professor Linda McDowell
Professor Henrietta Moore
Professor Mary Morgan
Professor Patrick Sims-Williams
Professor Tony Venables
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Professor Sarah Worthington