The Academy is governed by an 11-member Council and supported by our team in Canberra. The team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Academy, working closely with our President and Council to achieve our strategic goals.
The team’s purpose is to inform, connect and inspire the humanities and broader community through the implementation of the Academy’s strategic goals and objectives.
Inga joined the Academy as Executive Director in February 2023.
She has nearly 20 years’ experience working in and consulting to the higher education sector, having held senior appointments at the University of Adelaide (Chief Executive, External Relations) and the University of Canberra (Director, Advancement, Marketing and Communications and previously, Director of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office).
Before joining the Academy Inga held the position of Principal at Research Strategies Australia, where she worked with and for a range of stakeholders in the higher education, defence and health sectors.
Inga has served as a member of the University of Canberra Council and was a Director of the University of Canberra Union. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations and Information Management) and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Canberra.
Director, Policy & Research
Dr Kylie Brass
Dr Kylie Brass is Director of Policy and Research. She has a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Sydney and worked in the university sector in research and teaching roles before joining the Academy in 2009. She oversees the Academy’s research and policy agenda and is co-author of Australia’s China Knowledge Capability (2023) and Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia (2014).
Senior Policy Analyst
Dr Jon Lane
Dr Jon Lane has worked in the Secretariat’s Research and Policy team since October 2021. From 2007 to 2021, Jon worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including stints in Embassies in Brussels, Honiara, Apia, and Santiago de Chile (remotely), and three years in DFAT’s speechwriting team. This work provided a thorough grounding in the way Australia’s national interests are understood, and are worked out in policy and practice, across government agencies. Jon has a PhD in history, has taught English and Drama in secondary schools, and when working as a journalist in a previous millennium wrote a booklet on Australia’s first 50 Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.
Director, Operations & Strategy
Overseeing operations and strategic development.
Administration & Committees Coordinator
Sophie began her role as Committees and Administration Coordinator at the Academy in 2022. She is responsible for office management and collaboration with our stakeholders on meetings, events and projects. Prior to this she has worked at Canberra Museum and Gallery in a variety of roles focused on museum education and public programming.
Fellowship & Awards Coordinator
Overseeing our Fellowship services, including electoral process and AGM, and grants and awards.