Geoffrey Crossick is a historian and now holds the honorary position of Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Warden of Goldsmiths, and Chief Executive of the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Board and it is in these roles that he became increasingly involved with research and education for the arts and cultural sector. He was Director of the AHRC’s Cultural Value Project whose report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, was published in 2016.

Geoff was Chair of the Crafts Council between 2013 and 2021 where he helped its increasing engagement with participatory craft practice. He is currently a member of the Boards of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Film & Television School, as well as Creative Lives. He is a member of the DCMS Science Advisory Council and the DCMS Culture & Heritage Capital Project’s Advisory Board.

Geoff speaks in the UK and internationally on higher education and research strategy, the importance of the arts and humanities, and the creative and cultural sectors. In 2022, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Manchester Metropolitan University, and has been appointed an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Goldsmiths, University of London; and the Courtauld Institute.