The Directorate

The Directorate is the office of LSE Director Baroness Minouche Shafik, and comprises of members of the School Management Committee and a team of executive and administrative officers. All members of the Directorate are collectively responsible for providing high level advice and executive assistance to Baroness Shafik to support the strategic leadership and operational management of the School.

The Directorate are currently working remotely due to coronavirus pandemic but continue to operate as usual.

LSE is a special place – rooted in London yet with a truly international outlook. This is one of the many reasons why I am excited to be working here.

Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE

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 Professor Dilly Fung

Pro-Director (Education)



 Professor Simon Hix

Pro-Director (Research)

 Professor Eric Neumayer

Pro-Director (Planning & Resources)

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Professor Charles Stafford

Pro-Director (Faculty Development)



Julia Black

 Professor Julia Black CBE

Strategic Director of Innovation


Andrew Young

 Andrew Young

Chief Operating Officer 

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 Joanne Hay

Deputy Chief Operating Officer


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Daniel Bennett

Interim Head of Directorate (Maternity Cover)

Risk Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 5214


Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan

Interim Head of Strategy Delivery (Maternity Cover)







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Executive Officers

The Executive Officers provide high-level support to SMC in a wide range of work including internal policy advice and development, programme and project management, coordination of School-wide initiatives, research activity, preparing briefings, and relationship management.

James Aitken

James' tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6655



Monika Hockenhull

Monika's tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7464



Andrea Boyle

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Thomas Watson

Education Strategic Officer

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 3675                                      






Marta Gajewska


 Executive Assistants


Marta Gajewska 

Executive Assistant to Baroness Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

Marta's tel +44 (0)20 7955 7007





 Leda Cosentino

Executive Assistant to Professor Julia Black, the Strategic Director of Innovation

Executive Assistant to Professor Simon Hix, Pro-Director (Research)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7100


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Celia Hatton

Executive Assistant to Andrew Young, Chief Operating Officer

Executive Assistant to Joanne Hay, Deputy Chief Operating Officer



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Alice Beneyto (Maternity Cover) 

Executive Assistant to Professor Eric Neumayer, the Pro-Director (Planning & Resources)

Executive Assistant to Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director (Education)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 6656


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 Kinga Zaczkowska

Admin and Executive Support

Executive Assistant to Charles Stafford, the Pro-Director (Faculty Development)

Kinga's email:

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Opeyemi Yusuf

Administrative Assistant

Opeyemi's email:


The Directorate's working hours are 09.30 to 17.30 Monday to Friday.