Tim Gardam, Chief Executive

Josh Hillman, Director of Education

Deirdre Carty - Director of HR and Office Services

Ian Hanham - Director of Finance and Information Systems

James Brooke Turner - Investment Director


Tim Gardam

Tim Gardam is Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2016, Tim was Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford, a post he held for 12 years. He is also Chairman of the Which? Council.

Tim worked for 25 years in senior broadcasting roles, starting at the BBC where he was editor of Panorama and Newsnight, and later becoming Head of Current Affairs and Weekly News. He was Director of Television and Director of Programmes at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015 Tim was a member of the Ofcom Board and was Chair of the Ofcom Content Board.

Tim was also the author of the Department for Culture Media and Sport Review of BBC Digital Radio Services in 2004, a member of Lord Burns' Advisory Panel on the BBC Charter Review and a Director of SMG plc from 2005-7.

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Josh Hillman joined the Foundation in 2008 as Director of Education. From June 2015 to August 2016 he was also the Acting Director of the Foundation.

Josh leads our work in education, including grant programmes in a number of priority areas, as well as our grant-funded and in-house programmes in science and mathematics education.

Formerly Head of Education Policy at the BBC, Josh was responsible for the development of education policy for the BBC’s output across media for children and adults, including partnerships with government, other public sector bodies, and research organisations.

Josh was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research and a research officer for the National Commission on Education.

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Deirdre Carty is the Foundation’s Director of HR and Office Services, responsible for all aspects of HR – people and organisation development -  alongside office services.

Prior to joining the Foundation in early 2017 Deirdre was Head of HR at the Wellcome Trust, where she led and developed the HR team to meet the changing needs of the organisation. 

Deirdre also serves as Vice Chair of Trustees of Coram’s Fields, a small local charity aimed at providing a safe haven for children in Camden, a Trustee of Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and an advisor to the Trustee board for the Leprosy Mission.

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Ian Hanham is the Foundation's Director of Finance and Information Systems and is responsible for our finance strategy, operations, and information systems.

Before joining the Foundation, Ian was Chief Operating Officer at the Worker's Educational Association, where he led an organisation-wide transformational change programme as well as overseeing the organisation's support functions.

He has worked in senior finance and resource management roles in the not-for-profit sector since 2007, including for the British Red Cross and WaterAid. Prior to this, he spent sixteen years as a finance professional in the oil and gas industry.

Ian is the treasurer of Family for Every Child, a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children around the world, and a board member (and former Chair) of ECPAT UK, a leading children's rights organisation working to protect children from child trafficking and transnational child exploitation.

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James Brooke Turner is the Foundation's Investment Director and is responsible for the management of the endowment.

Prior to this, James was the Foundation's Finance Director, and was also responsible for the management of the financial administration.

Since joining the Foundation in 2001, James has also been involved in various projects exploring some of the distinctive features of investing charitable funds and what this means for charitable endowments in particular.

James previously worked for the Church Commissioners, the Church Urban Fund and as Director of Finance and Resources at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. He has been a founder assessor for the National Lottery and a freelance charity consultant. James studied the History of European Art at the Courtauld Institute, and holds professional qualifications in tax and as a Company Secretary.

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