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.

Executive Director

Dr Christina (Tina) Parolin

Tina has worked at the Academy since 2008, and was appointed Executive Director in March 2010. Tina has worked in a variety of policy and administrative roles across the higher education sector, including at IDP Education Australia and as National Manager, Education at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. She is a member of the Australian Council of Learned Academies’ Audit and Risk Committee.

Tina gained her PhD in history from the Australian National University. In 2009, she was awarded the J. G. Crawford Prize for her study, Radical Spaces, which explores the connection between architecture and space and popular radical culture in early 19th century London. During 2010–11 she held a Visiting Fellowship with the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. She is co-editor, along with Iain McCalman and Michael Davis, of Newgate in Revolution: an anthology of radical Prison Literature in the Age of Revolution. Her book, Radical spaces: Venues of popular politics in London 1790–c.1845, was published in 2010 by ANU E Press.

Director, Policy & Research

Dr Kylie Brass, overseeing our policy efforts, research agenda, and special projects.

Senior Policy Analyst

Dr Jon Lane, supporting the development and implementation of the Academy’s policy strategy.

Director, Operations & Strategy (Part-time)

Shane Breynard, overseeing operations and strategic development.

Administration & Committees Coordinator

Sophie Chessell, responsible for office management and administrative support to Council, Secretariat and Committees.

Fellowship & Awards Coordinator (Part-time)

Samantha Tutton, overseeing our Fellowship services, including electoral process and AGM, and grants and awards.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.