Alun Evans, Chief Executive
Alun Evans has been Chief Executive of the British Academy since July 2015. After his first degree in Government at Essex University, he took an MPhil in Politics and Russian Studies at the University of Birmingham and is currently working towards a PhD in Modern Political History at Queen Mary, University of London.
Prior to his appointment as British Academy Chief Exective, Alun was Director of the Scotland Office, which represents Scottish interests in the UK government and the UK government in Scotland.
For more details, visit the Chief Executive and Secretary's page.
Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications and External Relations
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.
Robert Hopwood, Director of Finance and Corporate Services
Robert Hopwood was appointed Director of Finance and Corporate Services in 2010. Before joining the Academy Rob spent 14 years in Cambridge in senior financial roles at Jesus College and Trinity College. Previously he was Bursar and Business Manager at Marling School in Stroud.
Rob was educated at schools in Gloucester and thereafter attended the University of Southampton and Geneva University in Switzerland. Rob is a professionally qualified accountant with an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He also holds a degree in Modern Languages.
Vivienne Hurley, Director of Programmes
Vivienne Hurley was appointed Director of Research Funding and Policy in 2011.
She was previously Head of Policy Development at the British Academy. Before joining the British Academy, Vivienne was Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) the precursor to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and had worked at Goldsmiths’ College.
Vivienne holds a degree in History.
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.