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New appointments to Arts and Humanities Research Council

Date: 16/07/2013

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has appointed three new members, to the AHRC's governing body, the Council. Ms Jan Dalley, Mr Anthony Lilley and Ms Deborah Bull have been appointed from 1 September 2013 for three years. Council members are appointed by the Minister for Universities and Science and are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the AHRC including its key objectives and targets, and key decisions about the research direction of the AHRC.

Chairman of the AHRC Professor Sir Alan Wilson welcomed the appointments: It is with great pleasure to welcome three influential figures from the creative and cultural industries to the AHRC Council. Each new member brings with them a wealth of experience to complement our current membership and will support the AHRC in driving forward the aims and ambitions of our new strategy.

Jan Dalley has been the arts editor of the Financial Times since 2005, and is the author of numerous articles on arts and culture in the British press. She was previously literary editor at the FT and at the Independent on Sunday, and retains a close interest in creative writing and publishing. After serving as a judge on most of the UK's leading literary prizes, she is now part of the judging panel of the Hawthornden prize. Her own publications include a biography of Diana Mosley (1999) and a study of 18th-century India, 'Money, Myth and Empire: The Black Hole of Calcutta'. Jan Dalley is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arts Foundation.

Mr Anthony Lilley is Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Magic Lantern Productions Ltd, an award-winning interactive media and multiplatform creative house and consultancy. He is also a director of China/UK media specialists, Zespa Media. Anthony works on strategy, develops creative concepts and advises on policy around the world. He is a member of the Content Board of the UK's communications regulator, OfCOM, a board member of the UK Gambling Commission, Chair of Creative Industries at the University of Ulster and holds a Visiting Professorship at the UK Centre of Excellence for Media at Bournemouth University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the English National Opera and Chair of digital culture agency, Lighthouse. In 2008, Anthony was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Deborah Bull is Director of Cultural Partnerships, King's College London. In this role she has established King's Cultural Institute and is leading on the development of Science Gallery at King's on its Guy's Campus. She danced with The Royal Ballet between 1981 and 2001, when she joined the Royal Opera House Executive to establish ROH2. From 2008-2012, she was Creative Director of the Royal Opera House. In 1999 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts. She has served on Arts Council England, as a Governor of the South Bank and the BBC and as a judge for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. (Image Courtesy of William Burlington).

For further information, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to the AHRC Homepage.
  • The Council appointments have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public Ms Jan Dalley, Mr Anthony Lilley and Ms Debora Bull have not been involved in any relevant political activities in the last five years. Mr Anthony Lilley has held other public appointments as a board member at Ofcom and at the Gambling Commission.
  • An honorarium of £6,850 per year is currently paid to members.
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