President and Officers

The Society has five Honorary Officers.


Professor Hywel Thomas CBE FRENG MAE FLSW FRS

Professor Thomas is Professor of Civil Engineering at Cardiff University, the founder Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) at the University, and a UNESCO Professor in the Development of a Sustainable Geoenvironment. Read more

Vice-President – Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Helen Fulton FRSA FSA FLSW

Helen Fulton studied at the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford where she specialized in medieval English literature and Celtic Studies. She held a University of Wales postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth and a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellowship. Read more

Vice-President – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine

Professor Michael Charlton FINSTP FLSW MAE

Mike studied physics at University College London (UCL) completing his PhD there on the interactions of low energy positrons in 1980. He won a Science and Engineering Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1982 followed by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1983, before becoming a Reader in Physics at UCL in 1991. In 1999 he moved to a Chair in Swansea University.  Read more

General Secretary

Professor Alan Shore FInstP FLSW

K Alan Shore was brought up in New Tredegar in the Rhymney Valley. He obtained a BA in mathematics at Jesus College, University of Oxford and a PhD at (the then) University College, Cardiff . His PhD, sponsored by British Telecom Research Laboratories, concerned the semiconductor laser which introduced him to the field of Photonics in which he has continued to undertake research for some 45 years. Read more


Professor Terry Threadgold FLSW

Terry has an international reputation as a feminist scholar and researcher and for her interdisciplinary work in feminist discourse analysis and critical theory.

She was educated at the University of Sydney where her Masters Honours Research Thesis was awarded the University Medal. She completed her PhD at Monash University. She was appointed to Cardiff University as research professor in Communications and Cultural Studies in the run-up to the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. She retired from Cardiff University in 2012.

Terry’s positions include Acting Head of the Department of Early English Literature and Language, Sydney University (1991 – 1992), Professor and Head of the Department of English, Cultural Studies and Drama, Monash University (1993 – 1995), and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University (2003 – 2007). She was associate dean of Graduate Studies (1995-1997) and Acting Dean of Arts at Monash (1998-1999).

She was Pro Vice Chancellor at Cardiff University from 2007-2012. During this period, she also acted as Head of the Schools of English, Communication and Philosophy and History, Archaeology and Religion. She was the university equality champion and the senior academic lead on the university’s Positive Working Environment, Athena Swan, Investors in People and Stonewall Workplace initiatives, achieving success for the university in all these areas. She has been a member of Council at Monash and Cardiff Universities and a trustee and chair of charitable organisations in Wales.

In all of these contexts she has had extensive experience of managing large budgets, human resources and the governance involved in their financial and academic viability.

Terry was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (LSW) in 2015 and elected a member of the LSW Council in 2016.  As a member of the LSW Council she chaired a Review of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Learned Society (2017-19). She is currently the Society’s Treasurer.