Geoffrey Crossick was Professor of History at the University of Essex before moving to a succession of senior positions in research and higher education.
He was Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board (2002-05), Warden of Goldsmiths (2005-10) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (2010-12). He has been very active in national and international strategy and debates about universities, the creative industries, and the importance of the arts and humanities. He was Director of the AHRC’s Cultural Value Project whose report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, was published in March 2016. He holds a variety of board positions in the cultural and university sectors and is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. As a historian he has worked mostly on nineteenth-century Britain and continental Europe, focusing in particular on urban and social history, especially the world of small shopkeepers and artisans. He is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Goldsmiths, University of London, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Relevant current or previous directorships
- Chair, Crafts Council
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama
- National Film and Television School