Profiles - Directors of the UK Data Archive
March 1967 - September 1970
Professor Allen Potter had been on the staff of the Department of Government at the University
of Essex since 1965 when he was appointed the first director of the SSRC Data Bank, also serving
as a University Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1969-70. He left Essex in 1970 to become Professor of
Politics at the University of Glasgow, additionally serving as Vice-Principal 1979-82, a Governor
of the Glasgow School of Art 1979-82, and as a member of the US-UK Educational Commission 1979-84.
Since retiring in 1984 he has subsequently lived in Worcestershire.
October 1972 - September 1974
Prior to his period as Director, Ken Macdonald was Senior Lecturer in Government at Essex. His research
interests included the development of computer packages for data analysis, social and political theory, and
methodological issues relating especially to the study of social mobility, electoral behaviour and industrial
relations. After two years as Director he moved to Oxford to work on the Social Mobility Project where he is
currently Lecturer in Applied Social Studies and a Fellow of Nuffield College.
October 1974 - October 1982
Professor Sir Ivor Crewe first came to Essex in 1971 as a lecturer in the Department of Government. From being
Principal Investigator for the British Election Study in 1973 (which he continued until 1981) he moved to
the Archive in 1974 to become its longest-running Director, being in post a total of eight years. Moving
back to Government, he served as Head of Department from 1984 to 1988 becoming the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Academic in 1992 and Vice Chancellor in 1995. As Vice Chancellor he served as President of Universities UK from 2003 to 2005, receiving
a knighthood for services to higher education in 2006.
October 1983 - September 1988
An undergraduate, postgraduate and later lecturer in Sociology at Essex, Professor Sir Howard Newby moved
to the Archive as Director in 1983, a post which he held for five years. He left to become Chair of the
ESRC in 1988 and later Chief Executive in 1994, moving to Southampton University where he was Vice Chancellor
for seven years, during which period he also served as President of Universities UK. In 2001 he was appointed
Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and in 2005 became Vice Chancellor of the
University of the West of England. He was awarded a CBE in 1995 for services to social science, and a knighthood
in 2000 for services to higher education.
April 1989 - August 1990
Prior to being appointed Director in 1989, Dr Catherine Hakim worked as Principal Research Officer in
the Department of Employment's Social Science Branch, where she was engaged in research, briefing and
advice on labour market issues including unemployment, small firms, self-employment, home
working, labour flexibility and women's position in the labour market. Leaving to join the
London School of Economics as a Senior Research Fellow, she has subsequently published a large
number of research papers and books focusing on labour market trends, women's issues and research methods.
October 1991 - December 1997
Professor Denise Lievesley began her career as an official statistician specialising in survey
sampling. Later she became the Director of the International Statistical Institute in the
Netherlands, before moving to Essex as Director of the Archive in 1991. She left in 1998 to become
Director of Statistics at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
where she established its new Institute for Statistics. Whilst at UNESCO she served as President of
the Royal Statistical Society from 1999 to 2001 and is currently President of the International
Statistical Institute. She returned to the UK in 2005 as Chief Executive of the English Information
Centre for Health and Social Care, based in Leeds.
February 2000 - July 2010
Professor Kevin Schürer worked at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and
Social Structure, University of Cambridge, before moving to the Archive in 1993 on a part-time
basis as head of acquisitions and data processing. He left to join the Department of History at
Essex in 1995, only to return to the Archive as Director in 2000. Formerly President of the
International Association for History and Computing and currently President of the Council for
Social Science Data Archives, he is also an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences
and UK representative for the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure working group
in Social Science and Humanities.