Founders

  • Dr Lisbet Rausing
    Co-Founder

    Co-founder of Arcadia. Lisbet did her BA at UC Berkeley and her PhD at Harvard University, where she was a lecturer and assistant professor in the history of science. Lisbet also supports family companies such as Ecolean, a liquid food packaging company, and Ingleby Farms, a farming company. Outside boards and committees have included the Harvard Board of Overseers and Yad Hanadiv Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Advisory Board.

  • Professor Peter Baldwin
    Co-Founder

    Co-founder of Arcadia and chairman of the Donor and Advisory Boards. Peter is professor of history at UCLA and Global Distinguished Professor at NYU. He is a member of the board of the New York Public Library, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Wikimedia Endowment, and chair of the board at the Center for Jewish History. Peter has written books on the history of the welfare state, of copyright, and of public health, including one on the covid epidemic. He has a book on open access appearing in 2023.

Advisory Board

  • Frances Beinecke
    Advisory Board

    Frances is President Emerita of the Natural Resources Defense Council ( NRDC). She serves on the Boards of ClientEarth, the World Resources Institute, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

  • Dr Johannes Burger
    Advisory Board

    Johannes is a partner at Marxer & Partner, the oldest and largest law firm in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Centrum Bank from 2008 to 2015.

  • Sir Charles Burrell Bt
    Advisory Board

    Charles owns the 3,500 acre Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex. Since 2001, he has devoted the estate to a landscape-scale rewilding project, with free-roaming cattle, horses, pigs, and deer driving habitat creation. Numerous endangered species have returned to Knepp, and it is now a breeding hotspot for turtle doves, purple emperor butterflies and nightingales.

  • Anthea Case CBE FRSA
    Advisory Board

    Anthea has recently retired as Principal Adviser of Arcadia, a post held since 2004. She previously worked in the Treasury, and was Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to heritage. Anthea's roles in the heritage and arts sector have included chair of the Heritage Alliance and Heritage Commissioner on CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). She is currently on the boards of the Illuminated River Foundation, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Trust and a member of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Advisory Group.


  • Professor Dr Markus Hilgert
    Advisory Board

    Professor Dr Markus Hilgert is the secretary general and chief executive officer of the Kulturstiftung der Länder (Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States). Previously, Markus was the director of the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) in the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin and Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University. He established the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage at Heidelberg University as well as the Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

  • Heather Joseph
    Advisory Board

    Heather is the executive director of SPARC, a global coalition committed to making “open” the default for research and education. She has served on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations including the Public Library of Science (PLOS), Duraspace, EIFL, the Center for Open Science and ImpactStory. In 2015, Heather was appointed to the Commerce Data Advisory Council of the United States Department of Commerce.

  • Ben Koerner
    Advisory Board

    Ben graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with an AB in Comparative Literature. After college he joined the New Statesman, working on the culture desk, and then the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, researching rising powers and global governance. He is also on the board of Corrour, his family’s estate in Scotland.

  • Sigrid Koerner
    Advisory Board

    Sigrid Koerner is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge and has a master's degree in Medieval English Literature from the University of Oxford. Her research addresses the intersection of visual arts and poetics, with a focus on puppet performance. Sigrid is a visual artist and a graduate of City and Guilds of London Art School. She also has an active interest in regenerative farming.

  • Neil MacGregor OM
    Advisory Board

    Neil chairs the Steering Committee charged with preparing the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. He was previously director of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015, and of the National Gallery from 1987 to 2002. He was appointed to the Order of Merit in 2010.

  • Dame Alison Richard
    Advisory Board

    Alison is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale. She was previously Vice Chancellor of Cambridge. She is co-trustee of the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, a board member at WWF-International and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and chairs the Advisory Boards of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Luc Hoffman Institute and Perrett Laver.

Team

  • Dr Simon Chaplin
    Chief Executive Officer

    Simon is Arcadia’s CEO. He was previously Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust and Director of Wellcome Collection. He is a biologist-turned-historian and has served on the boards of several research-focused organizations including Research Libraries UK, the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for the History of Natural History.

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  • Dr Gerardo Fragoso
    Director of Environmental Programmes

    Gerardo Fragoso is responsible for the development and management of Arcadia’s environmental grants portfolio. He was previously Head of Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he was responsible for overseeing the provision of advice to national and intergovernmental authorities on the protection of endangered species and their habitats. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Gerardo’s professional and academic experience span marine and terrestrial conservation, both in tropical and in temperate environments. He is also a qualified financial manager.

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  • Dr Ross Mounce
    Director of Open Access Programmes

    Ross manages Arcadia’s open access grants. He was previously a postdoc in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, a Software Sustainability Fellow, and a Panton Fellow for open data in science. Ross gained his doctorate at the University of Bath, where his thesis focused on the role of morphology in analyses of evolutionary relationships that include fossil species.

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  • Dr Arthur Dudney
    Director of Cultural Programmes

    Arthur manages Arcadia’s cultural grants. He was previously a research fellow at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and a teaching fellow at SOAS. He holds a PhD from Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, and an AB from Princeton University’s Department of Classics.

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  • Dr Francesca McGrath
    Environmental Grants Manager

    Francesca manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo and Emma. Trained as a conservation scientist, she has international experience in coupled human-natural systems in Southeast Asia, US, UK, and wildlife trade in the Middle East. Francesca was previously a research fellow in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her PhD from the National University of Singapore explored incentive-based conservation programmes in Indonesia. She also holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

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  • Dr Emma McIntosh
    Consultant to Environmental Programmes

    Emma works as a consultant as part of the environment team. She specializes in marine conservation, programme design and impact evaluation. Emma previously worked with the Great British Oceans coalition, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Emma holds a DPhil in conservation science from the University of Oxford.

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  • Andrew Wright
    Director of Lund Trust

    Andrew leads Peter and Lisbet’s personal giving through Lund Trust, Arcadia's sister charity. He previously worked for Cripplegate Foundation, a charitable trust in North London. Andrew has an MA in Aegean archaeology and an MSc in Philanthropy, Grantmaking and Social Investment.

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  • Tami Shacham
    Chief Operating Officer

    Tami heads Arcadia’s operations and communications. She previously worked at Yad Hanadiv, a Rothschild family foundation. Tami has a master’s degree in culture studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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  • Lucy Bromley
    Operations and Communications Officer

    Lucy works with Tami on Arcadia and Lund Trust's operations and communications work. She previously worked at Sotheby’s, an international fine art auction house. Lucy has a master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh.

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  • Dr Christine Ferguson
    Consultant to Open Access Programmes

    Christine works as a consultant as part of the open access team. She specializes in scholarly communications, and works with a range of organizations promoting open research. Christine previously served as joint chief editor of the open access journal, PLOS Biology, and was involved in open data management at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town in cell biology.

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  • Dr Mike Heyworth
    Consultant to Cultural Programmes

    Mike works as a consultant as part of the culture team. He is an archaeologist by training and was previously the executive director of the Council for British Archaeology. He is now a consultant working with a range of archaeology and heritage groups across the UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Bradford in archaeological science.

    Dr Mike Heyworth
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