Professor Sir Deian Hopkin is an academic and former Vice Chancellor. He is an historian, originally from Wales and a fluent Welsh speaker. Since 2012, he has served as Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales for the Centenary of the First World War. Deian was President of the National Library of Wales until 2016 and was previously Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University. He has been actively involved in educational policy and, in particular, the skills agenda of the UK over a number of years. He has extensive broadcasting experience and was a member of the BBC General Advisory Council. Deian is a commentator on politics and contributes to election coverage broadcast in Wales.

Deian is extensively involved in the charitable sector, particularly in the area of support for refugees and asylum seekers. He is Vice Chairman of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, and was until 2009 Chairman of the UNIAID Foundation, the national charity supporting students in financial difficulty, which has since merged with the Brightside Trust. He was knighted in the 2009 Birthday Honours