Professor Geoffrey Crossick's previous roles include Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Warden of Goldsmiths, Chief Executive of the former Arts & Humanities Research Board, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) and Professor of History at the University of Essex. In addition to being Director of the AHRC Cultural Value Project, he is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
He is a social historian of 19th- and 20th-century Britain and continental Europe, including the world of small enterprise, which adds a historical dimension to his interest in contemporary crafts. He speaks nationally and internationally on the importance of the arts and humanities and on the creative economy. He sits on the governing boards of the Courtauld Institute and Horniman Museum, is a trustee of the Goldsmiths Centre, and is Chair of the Board of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at Trinity College Dublin.