The Ramsay Centre is led by CEO Professor Simon Haines. He is supported by Academic Director & Deputy CEO Dr Stephen McInerney and Chief Financial Officer Emily Williams.


Professor Simon Haines is a distinguished scholar, teacher and author, and passionate advocate for the humanities.

Educated in Iraq, England and Australia, Simon took a BA at the Australian National University and a DPhil in English literature at the University of Oxford.

He worked as a banker in London and then as a diplomat and analyst with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of National Assessments. He led the OECD Budget Committee as Chairman from 1985-1987.

Simon then taught English Literature at the Australian National University from 1990 to 2008, where he also served as Head of the School of Humanities.

In 2009 he was appointed Chair Professor and Head of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he also served as Director of the Research Centre for Human Values. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

In 2017 he was appointed CEO of the Ramsay Centre.

Simon is the author or editor of five books including the prizewinning Reader in European Romanticism (Bloomsbury, 2010, 2nd paperback edition 2014) and Poetry and Philosophy from Homer to Rosseau (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) His most recent book is the edited volume Shakespeare and Value (Routledge, May 2018).

Our Academic Director & Deputy CEO

Dr Stephen McInerney is an experienced liberal arts scholar, teacher and published poet.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (with First Class Honours) from the Australian National University.

He has an interest in theology and in 2012 was awarded the Theological Studies Prize at the University of Cambridge.

Stephen is a senior lecturer in literature at Campion College, Australia’s first tertiary college dedicated exclusively to the liberal arts.

The Enclosure of An Open Mystery: Sacrament and Incarnation in the Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins, David Jones and Les Murray was published by Peter Lang in 2002.

His first volume of poetry was recommended in the Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year in 2002. His most recent volume, The Wind Outside (2016) was published by Hardie Grant Publishers.


Our CFO and Company Secretary

Emily Williams is a chartered accountant with close to two decades experience working in senior financial roles for listed companies, strategic advisory firms and not-for-profits. Her corporate experience includes Ernst & Young, Stockland and David Jones.

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree (2002) from the University of Technology Sydney and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005.

She was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Centre in 2019, which sees her act as strategic partner to the CEO and deputy CEO in commercial negotiations. She also oversees the overall financial management of the Centre.

In addition to her CFO role, Emily serves the Centre’s Board of Directors as Company Secretary.