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Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team of the British Academy

Hetan Shah, Chief Executive and Secretary

Hetan Shah, Chief Executive 

Hetan is Chief Executive of the British Academy. He is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London. Hetan is chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a grant making trust, and deputy chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute, which focuses upon how to ensure artificial intelligence and data are used for public good. He is a trustee of St George’s House, a charity based in Windsor Castle which organises discussions on issues of public interest.

Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications

Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications

Liz Hutchinson joined the Academy in January 2017. She was previously the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Goldsmiths, University of London where she led a new communications strategy to promote and champion research and increase student numbers from the UK and overseas. She significantly developed their digital communications, delivering an award-winning website and content strategy. Prior to Goldsmiths, she held communications roles in a range of organisations including the Electoral Commission, the General Social Care Council and The Learning Trust.

Dr Molly Morgan Jones, Director of Policy

Dr Molly Morgan Jones, Director of Policy

Dr Molly Morgan Jones was appointed Director of Policy in 2018. She was previously senior research leader with RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Prior to joining RAND Europe, Molly worked for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She received her DPhil in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex and has a BA in Biology from Northwestern University (Illinois), United States.

Jo Hopkins, Director of Development

Jo Hopkins, Director of Development

Jo Hopkins joined the British Academy as Director of Development in March 2014. Jo has over 17 years experience in fundraising and strategic planning. She was previously Global Director at World Child Cancer for five years where she helped to set up an international development charity helping children with cancer in low and middle income countries. She has worked at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, The Place (a contemporary dance centre), CLIC Sargent, the Institute of Cancer Research and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She is a Trustee of Omnibus, an arts centre in south-west London housed in a former Victorian library.


Graeme Appleby, Director of Resources

Graeme Appleby joined the British Academy in September 2019. He was previously Director of Finance and Planning at SOAS, University of London, from 2013 and acted as Registrar for periods in 2013-14. He is celebrated for his huge contribution to SOAS where he joined as a Senior Management Accountant and became Director of Finance in 2009 following successful promotions. His achievements include the creation of the School’s resource allocation model, and the formalisation of planning processes which link academic and financial planning. Prior to joining SOAS he worked in Accountancy, before joining the HE sector as a Management Accountant at the University of Westminster in 1996.


Vanessa Cuthill, Director of Research

Vanessa Cuthill joined the British Academy in November 2019. She was previously Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Essex, where she also led a £4.7 million Industrial Strategy Connecting Capability Fund award from Research England to enable East of England universities to engage with business. Vanessa formerly held senior positions at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) during which time she led on commissioning and funding social science data resources and initiatives. She has also worked at the University of Bath, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in its founding years. Vanessa is currently a member of the UK Statistics Authority’s National Statisticians Data Ethics Committee.