STAFF

Stephen McNeilly is the Society’s Executive Director and Museum Director. He oversees the Society's publishing, exhibition and events programme. He has edited and published several books on Swedenborg and during 2010 he was the producer of a documentary on Swedenborg, commissioned by the Society. That same year he curated an exhibition of international artists as part of the Society's 200th anniversary entitled '14 Interventions' which included work by Iain Sinclair, Brian Catlin, Jeremy Deller, Bridget Smith and others. During his time as Museum Director he has set up the Swedenborg Archive imprint, the Swedenborg Artist in Residence Programme and the Swedenborg Short Film Festival. Stephen graduated in Visual Art in 1992, completed his Masters in Critical Theory in 2000 and registered for a Ph.D in Philosophy at Warwick University under the supervision of Andrew Benjamin in 2001. He began working for the Society in 1993. Between 2004 and 2012 he was a visiting lecturer in Art, Philosophy and Critical Theory at the University of Creative Arts (Canterbury), and has lectured at Central St Martins, London and other universities on undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

James Wilson is the Society’s Assistant Editor and Secretary to its Advisory & Revision Board. In addition to the above responsibilities he is also the Society’s Librarian (see 'Library'). James studied English Language & Literature at King's College London and he has been working for the Society since 2003. James is the author of one novel Three Bridges (Neverland Publishing, 2014) and two collections of prose poems: All the Colours Fade and The Song Remains the Same (both Neverland Publishing, 2012). Together with Devon Pearse he edited a recent collection of poetry and prose, Flaws of Oblivion (Hippocrene Society, 2015). He has also translated two books by the French writer Guy de Maupassant, To the Sun and The Foreign Soul & The Angelus. In 2010 James curated the Swedenborg Society's inaugural film season, Images of the Afterlife in Cinema, his accompanying texts later being printed as a book of the same name.

Maia Gaffney-Hyde is the Publishing and Press Assistant for the Swedenborg Society. Her work also encompasses the organizing of events, the upkeep of the bookshop and general tasks in the day-to-day running of the Society. She studied her BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, specializing in painting and her MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. She volunteers at Strange Attractor Press and as a producer at 199 Radio.

Oliver Hancock is a Publishing Assistant at the Society. Oliver studied English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford, and completed UCL’s Issues in Modern Culture MA, before starting his involvement with the Swedenborg Society in a volunteering capacity. Having spent several months working in the bookshop, he is now employed on a part-time basis by the publishing arm of the Society. His main responsibility involves proofreading and editing new material for publication by the Society, though he also helps with a variety of other office, admin and online tasks.

Alex Murray is the Society's Assistant Librarian. A graduate in English Literature & Film Studies from the University of Northumbria, Alex first interned at the Society three days a week to gain experience in the library, bookshop and publishing. He is now employed part-time in the vital role of creating a systematic database for the library, and is also undertaking an MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies at King's College London. Read Alex's regular staff blog here or contact him directly via alex@swedenborg.org.uk.

Denise Prentice is the Society’s part-time Administrator and Office Manager. Since graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in English & European Laws, she has worked in the sectors of Law, Retail and Finance. Her diverse professional background has taken her into both the Private and Public sectors, informing her expertise in business operations and organizational development. In addition to her work at the Society, Denise runs a communications consultancy providing copywriting and communication strategies to businesses and creative projects.