Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the The Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open, and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now covers 60 countries, whilst the Society’s digital output reaches millions. Shaun regularly speaks and writes about Tolkien fandom as well as the impact of adaptations on the wider Tolkien community. Outside of the Society, Shaun is a professional communications consultant, chairs another mental health charity, and is the elected leader of his local government council.