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New Appointments to Arts and Humanities Research Council 2015

Date: 09/06/2015

Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson today announced the appointment of three new members and the re-appointment of two existing members to the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Professor Simon Goldhill, Ms Julia Grant and Ms Lucy Winskell have been appointed from 1 September 2015 for four years. Professor Greg Walker and Professor Sir David Eastwood have been reappointed until 2019. Council members 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 Drummond Bone welcomed the appointments: The AHRC Council is crucial to the success of the organisation, and the appointment of these prominent individuals strengthens our capacity for the future. It is my great pleasure to welcome them, and I hope that they will bring their wide-ranging experience and expertise to bear on our thinking as we work together to drive forward the aims of the AHRC in the coming years.

Professor Simon Goldhill is a Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). His main research interests include Greek Tragedy, Greek culture, and later Greek literature, and he has published widely in these areas. His recent awards include the Runciman Prize (2013) and the Robert Lowry Patten Prize (2012).

Ms Julia Grant is a Portfolio Director for the Impetus Private Equity Foundation. She was previously Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme and Surrey Community Action. She is a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Surrey and a member of the Advisory Board of Big Society Capital and served on the Board of the Surrey Learning and Skills Council. She studied Politics Philosophy and Economics at Oxford and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Ms Lucy Winskell is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Engagement at Northumbria University.She was previously a successful lawyer in private practice who has gained extensive commercial experience from senior non-executive appointments in public and private sector organisations in the North East, the U.K. and internationally, before making the transition to Higher Education in 2010. She was awarded an OBE in June 2014 for Services to the North East Economy and to Higher Education, and appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear in November 2014.

For further information, please contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793 41 6025 or a.pryce@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. www.ahrc.ac.uk
  • 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. Professor Simon Goldhill, Ms Julia Grant, Ms Lucy Winskell, Professor Greg Walker and Professor Sir David Eastwood have not been involved in any relevant political activities in the last five years.
  • An honorarium of £6,850 per year is currently paid to members.
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