Tim Gardam, Chief Executive

Josh Hillman, Director of Education

James Brooke Turner - Finance Director

Teresa Williams- Director, Justice and Welfare

Deirdre Carty - Director of HR and Office Services


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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James Brooke Turner is the Foundation's Finance Director, and is responsible for the management of the endowment and 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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Teresa Williams joined the Foundation in 2012 and is Director, Justice and Welfare. 

Teresa leads our grant programmes on Children and families and Law in society (mainly related to civil and family law), which account for much of our social research spending. She is a member of Main Panel C of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Before joining the Foundation, Teresa was Head of Access to Justice Analytical Services and Chief Researcher at the Ministry of Justice. She has been a researcher at senior levels in the Home Office, the Government Social Research Unit at the Treasury, and the then-Department of Social Security. Her responsibilities included welfare to work, child maintenance, and a range of criminal, civil and family justice issues.

Teresa began her career as a quantitative researcher at the National Centre for Social Research.

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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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