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Will Hutton to become Hertford College Principal though association with The Work Foundation to continue

Nasreen Memon

28 March 2011

Hertford College, Oxford University has announced that Will Hutton is to be their new Principal from September 2011. Although this will necessitate a stepping down from the role of executive vice chair of The Work Foundation this summer, his association with the Foundation will continue as chair designate of a major new initiative on innovation.


Stephen Bevan, Managing Director of The Work Foundation said,
'We would like to congratulate Will on his new role and to express our delight that he will continue to be involved in key aspects of the Foundation. One of these is a major new initiative on innovation due to launch in June which he will chair. I’d like to thank Will on behalf of all past and present staff and trustees for all he has brought to the organisation since he arrived in 2000. Without his vision and intellectual dynamism, The Work Foundation’s voice and its reputation as an authoritative commentator on the world of work would be much weaker. Our research on the knowledge economy, on cities, on workplace productivity and on public value, among many others, owes much to Will’s unerring capacity to identify the future trends and challenges which need to be tackled.'


Will Hutton said, 'I am enormously excited about my new role as Principal of Hertford College and to have the opportunity to serve a great Oxford College at a pre-eminent world university. I have always felt that Britain needed an institution consecrated to the cause of better work and which always holds in mind the people dimension to economic growth. The Work Foundation does that and will continue to do it – and the designate chairmanship of the new initiative on innovation will allow me to stay in touch with an organisation I value so much.'

Paul Wellings, the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University (which acquired The Work Foundation in October last year) said, 'Congratulations to Will Hutton on
his appointment as Principal of Hertford College. We are very pleased for him, but also pleased that he will continue to stay in touch with The Work
Foundation’s research and influencing work, notably in chairing its new venture on innovation.'



Notes to editors:

1.       For further information on the new role at Hertford College, please contact the University of Oxford Press Office on 01865 280528 or

2.       Will Hutton took over as chief executive of The Industrial Society in 2000 and went on to establish the organisation under the new name of The Work Foundation in 2002. Full details and biog are available here.

3.       The Work Foundation is the leading independent authority on work and its future. It aims to improve the quality of working life and the effectiveness of organisations by equipping leaders, policymakers and opinion-formers with evidence, advice, new thinking and networks. In October 2010, Lancaster University acquired The Work Foundation, forming a new alliance that will enable both organisations to further enhance their impact.


Media enquiries: Nasreen Memon  020 7976 3507 or 07825 527 036