Central Office Staff

Adam Hughes
Chief Executive Officer

Adam is Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Historical Society. He is responsible for the overall direction of the Society’s professional office, working closely with the President, the Trustees, the Academic Director and central office team. Key areas of particular focus include governance and leadership, membership, external relations, fundraising, financial planning and management, infrastructure/operations, and strategy.

Prior to joining the Royal Historical Society Adam was Director of Operations at the Biochemical Society and Portland Press, and before then held roles within publishing and communications. Academically he has a background in Anthropology and the History of Film and Visual Media.

Phone: +44(0) 20 7387 7532

Dr Philip Carter
Academic Director

Philip is Academic Director at the Royal Historical Society. He is responsible for the academic and research elements of the Society’s programme, and works closely with both the RHS Council and central office team. Philip’s remit includes policy and advocacy work, events, prizes, publishing and publisher relations, digital and communications, institutional partnerships, and the Society’s Library and Archive.

Prior to joining the RHS in 2021, Philip was Director of Digital and Publishing, and a Senior Lecturer in British History, at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (2016-21), and Senior Editor for the Dictionary of National Biography at Oxford University (2010-16).

Trained as a historian of Hanoverian Britain, Philip’s current research looks at the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century development of national centres for History, including the RHS and the Institute of Historical Research, where he also holds a Senior Fellowship.

Phone: +44(0) 20 7387 7532

Lisa Linossi
Membership and Grants Officer

Lisa is the Membership and Grants Officer at the Royal Historical Society. She is responsible for the administration of applications for fellowship and membership to the Society, as well as requests for RHS grants, and entries to the Society’s annual prizes and awards. She also has responsibility for the Society’s data management.

Lisa is secretary to the Society’s Membership and Research Support committees, and to the Society’s New Historical Perspectives publication series for early career historians.

Phone: +44(0) 20 7387 7532

Sabiqah Zaidi
Communications and Operations Administrator

Sabiqah joined the Society as our Communications and Operations Administrator in May 2022, having worked as a part-time administrator for the RHS since mid-2021. In her role Sabiqah is supports management of the Society’s membership and awards programmes, member relations, communications and running of the RHS office. Prior to joining the RHS, Sabiqah worked in legal and local government administration.

Sabiqah is currently studying part-time for a BA in History at Birkbeck, University of London.

Dr Diya Gupta
Past & Present Fellow: Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History

Diya is Past & Present Fellow: Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History at the Royal Historical Society and Institute for Historical Research where she develops and moves forward the work of the RHS Race, Ethnicity & Equality Working Group (REEWG). This includes the 2021-2 series ‘Writing Race’ for the RHS blog, Historical Transactions.

Diya is writing her first book, based on her doctoral research (2015–2019) completed at the Department of English, King’s College London, where she studied Indian experiences and literature of the Second World War. In her book, alongside colonial photographs, she analyses letters, memoirs, political philosophy and literary texts in English and Indian languages to reveal the intensity and influence of Indian war emotions. Further information on Diya’s research is available via the Institute of Historical Research.

Email: diya.gupta@royalhistsoc.org

Zoë Karens

Zoë is working with the Society between October 2021 and December 2022 to survey and catalogue the wide array of papers held as part of the RHS Archive. In this role Zoë is consolidating and making more accessible the Society’s important collections relating to historians and the development of the historical profession, from the early nineteenth century onwards.

Zoë has a Master of Archives and Records Management (University of Liverpool), and has more than 20 years’ experience on various archive projects, based at the Institute of Historical Research, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, UCL, King’s College, LSE and other HE institutions.