Professor Olivette Otele

Olivette Otele is Professor of History at Bath Spa University. She is a specialist in European colonial and post-colonial history, particularly the link between history, collective memory and geopolitics in relation to British and French colonial pasts.  Otele has written widely for academic and broader audiences. Her most recent book, African Europeans: An Untold History (2019), examines the long history of Europeans of African descent. She serves on the board of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, as a committee member for the Society for the Study of French History, and for the V&A Museum’s research committee. As Vice-President, Professor Otele will particularly focus on matters pertaining to Membership, including the Society’s work on equality and diversity in the historical profession, and new developments in our support of early career historians.


Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher read history at Balliol College, Oxford and has worked in the university press sector for the past thirty-five years. Formerly Managing Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press, he is currently Vice-Chair of Yale University Press and a non-executive director of Edinburgh University Press. He is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, responsible for sportsmen and sportswomen, and serves as the Academic and Policy Correspondent of the Independent Publishers Guild: he has also served on numerous sub-committees of the British Academy, the AHRC and HEFCE concerned with scholarly communication. His own publications range widely, and he claims to be the only person alive to have been published in History of European Ideas, the New Musical Express, and the Newsletter of the Welsh Golfing Union. He has served a previous term (2007-2010) as Vice-President of the Society and Chair of its Publications Committee.


Professor Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris is Research Professor in Modern History at the University of Hertfordshire.  He is an expert on the global history of coffee, and enjoys an international reputation as a specialist in the transnational history of consumption and modern Italy. His most recent publication is Coffee: A Global History (Reaktion, 2019).  He leads the Heritage for Business unit within the University of Hertfordshire’s Heritage Hub and was a finalist in Most Innovative Contribution to Business-Collaboration category in the 2018 Times Higher Education Awards for his work with Nestlé Nespresso.  Jonathan is a member of the REF2021 History Sub-Panel.


Professor Ken Fincham

Ken Fincham is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Kent. His research centres on politics, religion and culture in early modern Britain. His publications include Prelate as Pastor: The Episcopate of James I (OUP, 1990) and (with Nicholas Tyacke) Altars Restored: the Changing Face of English Religious Worship c.1547-1700 (OUP, 2007). He is one of three directors of the AHRC-funded ‘Clergy of the Church of England Database Project’, and sits on the editorial board of Boydell & Brewer’s Studies in Modern British Religious History series.


Professor Frances Andrews

Frances Andrews is Professor in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews, where she founded the Institute of Mediaeval Studies. She completed her BA and PhD at the University of London. Her writing explores the history of medieval Italy and of the medieval church, twin interests reflected in her editorship of Brill’s Medieval Mediterranean series and Boydell’s History of Medieval Religion. Her own publications include The Early Humiliati (1999) and The Other Friars (2006), as well as several (co-) edited collections. She is currently completing a project on the employment of regular religious in the governments of late medieval Europe.