Mr Stephen Anderson – Executive Director

Stephen Anderson has 25 years leadership experience of business management in financial services, with a history of much improving organizational performance. He was brought into Equitable Life PLC at the height of the crisis as the Chief Operating Officer and improved operational capability and capacity at a very difficult time. He then undertook various turnaround type assignments within the not for profit sector, before joining the Academy of Social Sciences as Executive Director in 2008. An Economics graduate, with a further three years of postgraduate research experience, Stephen has pursued lifelong learning, gaining further occupational qualifications in banking, business management and organizational psychology.He also gained a certificate in ministry studies. He is also a trustee of a grant awarding ecclesiastical charity with substantial historic assets. Contact Stephen on [email protected]

Andrew Muckle – Senior Operations Manager

Andrew is the Senior Operations Manager at The Academy and is responsible for both the day-to-day delivery and long term planning of operational activities, member engagement and strategic projects. Prior to joining he worked for over 11 years in membership for both The Magistrates' Association as Membership, Fundraising and Magistrates In The Community Manager and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors working with those studying towards or who have just passed their professional qualification. He also spent eight years in the NHS, mostly in Training and Development for non-clinical staff.

Kate Atkins – Chief Secretary

As Chief Secretary at the Academy, Kate manages the work of the Council and its sub-committees. A former journalist, she previously worked for the BBC where she held senior roles in business management and communications. She also worked as an executive coach and leadership trainer. Kate is a volunteer interview coach for Smart Works, a UK charity which helps unemployed women return to the workforce.

Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan – Senior Policy Adviser

Ashley is a Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security at Georgetown University, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has undertaken a variety of consultancy work in the international policy arena over the last five years. Her research and writing is focused on the international political economy of security, and the relationship between evidence and policy. She was previously a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, where she served as the Director of the Legatum Prosperity Index, and began her career as an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston in London. She has her Ph.D. in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University. Contact Ashley on [email protected]

Michaela Des Forges – Senior Policy Officer

Michaela is an experienced policy professional with particular expertise working on challenging social policy issues. She has a track record of delivering high quality policy advice and analysis and working with others to achieve change. Michaela recently joined the Academy and its Campaign from New Zealand where she was a consultant for a leading consultancy firm. Prior to this, she was a senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Social Development, where she worked on legislative changes to New Zealand’s care and protection system, housing and homelessness policy, and spent eighteen months as the private secretary for the Minister for Social Housing. Michaela has a Masters in Human Geography and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Public Policy from Victoria University Wellington.

Leila Hancox – Membership Assistant

Leila graduated from Durham University in 1992 with a degree in anthropology. She was worked within the charity sector for over 20 years in a variety of administrative roles. These have included National Deaf Children’s Society, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, the sexual health charity FPA and Campaign for Better Transport. She has enjoyed each of these roles in terms of expanding her knowledge about the issues involved in the individual campaigns and gets satisfaction out of working for organisations that have strong social aims. She has also always enjoyed studying and, over the years, has done part-time courses in journalism, ecology and conservation and organic gardening. Most recently, she has undergone training to become an existential psychotherapist and hopes to pursue this in parallel with her work as an administrator.