The Directorate

The Directorate is the office of LSE Director Dame 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 Dame Shafik to support the strategic leadership and operational management of the School.

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 (Faculty Development)


Professor David Webb

Pro-Director (Planning & Resources)


Julia Black

 Julia Black

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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Dr Brigid McClure

Head of Directorate & Strategy Delivery

Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 7968


Brigid, known as B, works closely with the LSE Director and School Management Committee to deliver the long term strategic vision for LSE, informing the day-to-day management rhythm of the School, overseeing the LSE 2030 portfolio of strategic change programmes, and running the Directorate. B attends SMC, Council, School Leaders Forum, Department Heads Forum and Service Leaders Forum. 

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Alana Lythgoe & James Aitken

Executive Officers

Alana's tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6656


James' tel: +44 (0)20 7955 3675


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.

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Thomas Watson

Education Strategic Officer

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6655                                            


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Daniel Bennett

Risk Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 5214


Dan is responsible for embedding the processes of risk
management across the School, and, in particular, for developing the risk framework for LSE 2030.


Marta Gajewska

Executive Assistant to Dame Minouche Shafik, Director

Tel +44 (0)20 7955 7007


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Laura Ross

Executive Assistant to Dame Minouche Shafik, Director

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

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7100



Emma Davies

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

Executive Assistant to Professor David Webb, Pro-Director (Planning and Resources)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6285



Marlene Worrell

Executive Assistant to Andrew Young, Chief Operating Officer and Joanne Hay, Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7014



Leda Cosentino

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

Executive Assistant to Eric Neumayer, the Pro-Director (Faculty Development)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 6657


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Kinga Zaczkowska & Daniel Gulliford

Administrative Assistants

Kinga's tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7895

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Daniel's tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3601

Daniel's email:

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Opeyemi Yusuf


Opeyemi's tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6682

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