Officers of the Association


Adrian Barlow

Adrian Barlow, until recently at the Unversity of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, is the President of the English Association. He was Director of Public Programmes and Staff Tutor in Literature at Madingley Hall, and is currently Lead Consultant, Oxford University English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT); Cambridge Inspector for Language-Literature, (Option International) French Baccalauréat; Series editor, Cambridge Contexts in Literature (21 vols.) Cambridge University Press; member of External Advisory Panel, Oxford University Faculty of English. Adrian is also chair of the English Association's Fellowship Committee. His recent publications include Extramural: Literature and Lifelong Learning (Lutterworth Press, 2012), World and Time: Teaching Literature in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Great War in British Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2000).


Professor Martin Halliwell

Professor Martin Halliwell is Professor of American Studies in the University of Leicester's Centre for American Studies and the current Head of the School of Arts (combining English, History of Art and Film, and Modern Languages). He is also International Director for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Site Director for the Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. He served as Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor International for three years (2013-16) and is a former Head of the School of English (2008-13). Martin was elected to the EA Fellowship in 2008 and has chaired the Association's Higher Education Committee.

Hon. Treasurer

Hon Treasurer Nicole KingDr Nicole King is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Reading. Prior to this she worked at the English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway University of London and the Higher Education Academy, both national bodies that organised activities and published material in support of the teaching of English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing at university level. Nicole was elected to the EA Fellowship in 2015.

Chief Executive

HLucasHelen Lucas has been Chief Executive of the English Association since 1993. With a background in archaeology, Helen came to the English Association after working as a Roman pottery specialist in Leicestershire, a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Classics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and Acquisitions Librarian at a specialist engineering research and development company, also in New Hampshire.

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