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International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are:

Dr Steve Hindle (The Huntington Library)

Steve Hindle became W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington in July 2011. His leadership responsibilities at the Huntington include the co-ordination of the fellowship program (which funds approximately 200 scholars each year to work on the library collections); the design of the schedule of lectures and conferences; and the oversight of the Publications Department 

Hindle is by training a social and economic historian of early modern England, and he previously worked at the University Warwick, where he was successively Director of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, Deputy-Chair and Chair of the History Department. He was born and educated in Warrington (Lancashire) in the north-west of England, and received his first degree in History from Fitzwilliam College Cambridge in 1986. He subsequently studied for an MA in History and Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, before returning to work on his Cambridge PhD, completed in 1992. He was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Girton College Cambridge in 1991 and was appointed as one of the first Warwick Research Fellows in the Department of History at Warwick in 1995, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2001, and Professor in 2004.

Between 1999 and 2004, he acted as annual reviewer of periodical literature for the Economic History Review, and subsequently became Junior Editor of that journal in 2007 and Managing Editor in 2009. He currently sits on the editorial boards not only of the Review, but also of the journals Rural History, the Journal of Historical SociologyHistoire Sociale/Social History and the Huntington Library Quarterly. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; and has served on the Executive Committee of the Economic History Society; the British Academy Publications Committee for Records of Social and Economic History; and the Councils of the Dugdale Society and the North American Conference on British Studies. 

His first book, The State and Social Change in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2000) was an attempt to explore the scale of popular participation in the process of governing rural England in the period c.1550-1640. His second monograph, entitled On the Parish? The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England, c.1550-1750 was published by Oxford University Press in 2004, and was re-issued in paperback in 2009. He is the co-editor of two collections of essays: The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (1996); and Remaking English Society: Social Change and Social Relations in Early Modern England (2013). He also contributed a substantial introduction to an edition of the Layston-with-Buntingford Parish Memorandum Book, c.1607-1750 (Hertfordshire Record Society, 2004). Since 2004 he has completed the research for his next project, a monographic study provisionally entitled 'The Social Topography of a Rural Community: The Warwickshire Parish of Chilvers Coton, c.1600-1730', for which he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship in 2010, and which has so far resulted in the publication of seven essays and articles.

Kai Weise (UNESCO)

Kai Weise has been working in various capacities as a UNESCO consultant and advisor to the UNESCO office in Kathmandu since 2004. He has facilitated the establishment of management systems for World Heritage properties such as Kathmandu Valley and Lumbini in Nepal, Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Mountain Railways of India and recently for Bagan in Myanmar.

Kai completed his Masters in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich in 1992 and has been working as a municipal planner and architect in the Himalayan Region. He is president of the Nepal national committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and is a member of the International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICOMOS-ICORP). He is also a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) and the Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA). 

Kai Weise has authored, edited and contributed to numerous UNESCO publications, mainly on defining and managing World Heritage properties.

Mrs Joanna Barker

Joanna Barker joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2015 and is Chair of Finance Committee. She is an alumna of Durham University graduating with first class honours in French in 1981. She has maintained her links with Durham and is well known to the University as an existing benefactor.

She received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Durham University in 2012.

After a 35-year career in international private equity, Joanna’s final executive role was as partner in the private equity firm Advent International plc. Joanna retired from this role in December 2015.

Joanna has 25 years’ experience of serving on boards of international portfolio companies and extensive experience as a charity trustee. She is founder of Target Ovarian Cancer.

Joanna was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours 2014 for services to people with cancer.

Professor Audrey Horning (Queen's University Belfast)

Professor Audrey Horning is a Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research centres on comparative colonialism and the relationship between archaeology and contemporary identity, with a particular focus upon European expansion into the early modern Atlantic world(s). Major archaeological fieldwork projects include directing excavations at Jamestown, Virginia (first permanent English New World settlement, 1607); on Plantation-period sites in Northern Ireland (Movanagher, Roe Valley/Limavady, Goodland); at the Slievemore Deserted Village, Achill Island, Co Mayo; and running a multi-year Survey of Rural Mountain Settlement in the Virginia Blue Ridge.

Recent projects include two collaborative AHRC-funded projects exploring the links between Ulster and Scotland in the late medieval and post-medieval periods. These two projects, carried out through the Integrating Archaeology and Sustainable Communities network ( are also bringing together contemporary communities. She is also collaborating on a National Endowment for the Humanities project entitled Colonial Encounters in the Chesapeake which is examining the early colonial engagements between Natives, Europeans, and Africans from an archaeological perspective. Recent publications have addressed future directions for historical and contemporary archaeology; integration of archaeology with conflict transformation; ethics and public engagement; incorporation of Native American perspectives on colonial histories; the anthropology of drinking in colonial settings; late medieval Gaelic Irish rural settlement; vernacular architecture in Ireland and Virginia; and the 20th-century archaeology of Appalachia.

Professor Gabriel Cooney (UCD)

Professor Gabriel Cooney is Professor of Celtic Archaeology at University College Dublin School of Archaeology and Chair of the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland and member of the Heritage Council.

His research interests are focused on prehistory, particularly the Neolithic, but also take a broader turn. In collaboration with Dr Stephen Mandal he directs the Irish Stone Axe Project, covering all aspects of stone axe studies, integrating archaeological and petrological approaches. He is currently chairperson of the Research Committee of the Bru na Boinne World Heritage Site and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. He was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2004. 

Professor Neil Kenny (Oxford)

Professor Neil Kenny is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College

His research mostly focuses on early modern French literature and thought, especially from the early sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century. His work includes looking at families that produced more than one writer or scholar, which is part of a broader long-term project on the relation of literature and learning to social hierarchy in early modern France. Prof. Kenny is Lead Fellow for Languages at the British Academy. This involves work on language policy within education and society.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett (Dean of Durham)

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett is the Dean of Durham and in this capacity he is an ex-officio member of Council and a member of Ethics Advisory Committee.

Andrew served as a Curate in Torquay from 1989 to 1992 and then Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers, and Assistant Chaplain to the Anglican Church in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. From 1995 to 1998 he was Team Vicar in Fareham before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop of Portsmouth, and also a Parliamentary Research Assistant and Secretary to the Church of England’s Doctrine Commission. From 2003 to 2008 he was Vicar of Goring-by-Sea in Chichester diocese and then Canon Residentiary and Keeper of the Fabric at Bristol Cathedral where he was Acting Dean.

From 2010 to 2016 Andrew was Rector of St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey, where he was responsible for the Abbey’s relationships with Parliament, Whitehall and other faith communities, and in 2012 established the Westminster Abbey Institute, working with Public Service Institutions and Parliament Square to support ethics in public life. In June 2014 he became Archdeacon of Westminster and Sub-Dean of the Abbey. In July 2016 he was installed as Dean of Durham.

From 2013 to 2016 he was Chairman of the Field Lane Foundation, a charitable housing association working particularly with adults with complex needs, and in 2015 because a Trustee of the Mission to Seafarers, the global welfare charity. In Durham, he is the President of the St Cuthbert's Hospice, chairing the Ethics Committee and is the Rector of St Chad's College.