Geoffrey Crossick is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Warden of Goldsmiths, and Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board. Initially a social historian of the British working class, he then researched and published primarily on the European petite bourgeoisie. It is through that work that he came to co-operate with historians in Belgium. Since stepping down from leadership roles in higher education, he has been active on boards in the cultural and higher education sectors and in strategic debate in those areas. He last year published a major report from his AHRC Cultural Value Project 'Understanding the value of arts and culture' (with Patrycja Kaszynska). He is Chair of the Crafts Council in the UK.