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Council is the overarching governing body of the Academy. It is made up of the President, the Vice-Presidents, and 15 Ordinary Members.

Membership in 2018-19:

Chair: Professor Sir David Cannadine, President

Professor Dominic Abrams, Vice-President (Social Sciences)
Professor Ash Amin, Foreign Secretary
Professor Aditi Lahiri, Vice-President (Humanities)
Professor Roger Kain, Vice-President (Research and Higher Education Policy)
Revd Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt, Vice-President (Public Engagement)
Professor Genevra Richardson, Vice-President (Public Policy)
Professor Hamish Scott, Vice-President (Publications)
Professor Charles Tripp, Vice-President (British International Research Institutes)
Professor Sarah Worthington, Treasurer

Ordinary Members
Professor Julia Barrow
Professor Christine Bell
Professor Julian Birkinshaw
Professor Joanna Bourke
Professor Stella Bruzzi
Professor Eleanor Dickey
Professor Jane Humphries
Professor Glynis Jones
Professor Simon Keay
Professor Michael Moriarty
Professor Anne Phillips
Professor John Scott
Professor Sally Shuttleworth
Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams
Professor Sarah Whatmore