Who’s Who at the ARA
At the ARA we value your views and would like to provide effective helpand support. Take a look at our Who's who list and find the right personto deal with your query or discuss your needs
As a listening organisation the Archives and Records Association understands the importance of both hearing the views of our membership and the record keeping community as a whole, and providing the right level of support to meet requirements as they emerge.
ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION - STAFF, BOARD AND PRESIDENT
John is the Chief Paid Officer of the Association and is Company Secretary. He has executive authority to act on behalf of the Association and has management responsibility for the Association's other paid staff. The CEO is the public face of the Association, representing its views in public debate and discussion. He has oversight of all ARA activities and works with Honorary Officers and the Board to develop and deliver strategy and policy.
Head of Public Affairs
Jon works with the Chief Executive and the Board to manage all aspects of the ARA's external affairs and communication. He takes the lead in lobbying government, Parliament and other public bodies and raises awareness of, and pride in, the role of archives and all who work in them. Jon administers the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History and reports to the Board on matters concerning reputation, public policy and government affairs. Jon is ARA's lead on Explore Your Archive, the sector's public awareness campaign jointly run with The National Archives.
Membership and Office Administrator
Lorraine is the Membership and Office Administrator. She oversees the ARA Office based in Taunton and supports the ARA Board, officers and our members on a daily basis as requested. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the ARA Office which includes all the administrative and financial procedures required to keep the Association functioning.
JEAN LOPEZ - Monday and Tuesday
Jean is the part-time Finance Administrator based in the ARA Office. She deals with the day to day finances of the Association including, expense claims invoice payments, vat returns and budget reports.
JEAN LOPEZ - Wednesday to Friday
Jean is the part-time Admin Assistant based in the ARA Office. She is responsible for inputting data in the CARN Reader Ticket Database, distribution and invoicing of CARN stock orders and will answers any CARN-related enquries.
THE BOARD OF THE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION UK and IRELAND
Chair of the ARA Board
Geoff Pick was born and brought up in Lancashire. After studying Classics at Bristol University he did his Archives qualification in Liverpool. His first job was in Worcester Cathedral Library cataloguing medieval account rolls from the former Benedictine priory then he spent seven years in Lambeth Palace Library before moving ‘down the Thames’ to joining what was then the Modern Records Section of the Greater London Record Office at County Hall (‘where the London Aquarium is now – and it wasn’t much less damp then!’)
Geoff has been with the City of London Corporation since then and is now Director of London Metropolitan Archives.
‘Within the archives sector I am the convenor of the Public Services Quality Group and have been particularly involved in organising the National Visitor Survey and annual PSQG Forum. Until the end of May 2010 I was Chair of the National Council on Archives and led the NCA into the merger to form the ARA. ‘
VICKI WILKINSON - Portfolio: Standards and Innovation
Vicki qualified as an Archivist and Records Manager in 1987 after completing the postgraduate course at Aberystwyth. She has worked in both archives and records management in the financial sector, academia and in a charity and has lived and worked all over the UK. Vicki has held the positions of Chair and Secretary/Treasurer of the Records Management Section and Training Officer for the Scottish Region. Her current role is Manager Group Records Management at The Royal Bank of Scotland where she lead the global Records Management Team based in 5 different regions. In her spare time Vicki enjoys family activities with my husband and two children and I lead a planning and conservation protest group to preserve the beautiful, historical small town inwhich she lives.
Honorary Secretary, ARA Board
Honorary Treasurer, ARA Board
I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Politics and Modern History followed by an MPhil. I then worked in the News Information section of the BBC World Service before undertaking the MSc in Archive Administration at Aberystwyth. Since then I have worked in the South West, firstly in Cornwall, then Plymouth and since 2009 at Dorset History Centre where I am County Archivist. I have had to manage significant change since taking up this post with pressure to develop external sources of income. I have tried to ensure that the more traditional aspects of the archive service are balanced with the modern challenges of information management and digital preservation.
KARL MAGEE - Portfolio: Nations and Regions (Covering the 8 regions and 3 nations)
Karl Magee is University Archivist at the University of Stirling and, before joining the Board, was Chair of ARA Scotland
Karl is University Archivist at the University of Stirling. A graduate of University College Dublin, he qualified as an Archivist in 1993. During his career he has worked in large cultural institutions such as the National Archives of Ireland and The Chester Beatty Library, surveyed at risk collections in Dublin hospitals and managed busy archive services at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. His involvement with ARA stretches back to the 1990s when he was training officer for the then Irish Region of the Society of Archivists. Before joining the Board in May 2015 he was Chair of ARA Scotland for three years.
SIMON McKEON - Portfolio: Professional Training
Having vowed to avoid archives entirely during my part-time PhD on Nordic children's literature, I ended up developing a fascination with literary and publishing archives and spent my holidays visiting other people's archives and getting an entirely new education as an archive user. I spend my spare time playing the viola and recorder, watching gloomy Nordic TV series and reading the Moomins in the original Swedish (that undergrad degree was definitely worth it!).
DAVID JENKINS - Portfolio: Standards and Innovation
Graduating with a History degree from the University of Sheffield I went on to study Archive Administration at Aberystwyth before getting my first role as an archivist at Derbyshire Record Office. Since then I have moved into records management where I am involved in policy development, training, electronic records management and information security. I am based with our organisational archive service where I work alongside archive, library and conservation staff to deliver our services.
When I'm not engrossed in the world of retention schedules and EDRM I enjoy keeping fit, cooking, reading crime fiction, and enjoying sampling the delightful real ales which Derbyshire (and the country) have to offer.
HAZEL MENTON - Portfolio: Specialist Groups and Sections
I completed the postgraduate programme in Archives and Records Management at University College Dublin in 2001. Following qualification I worked at the Inventory of Architectural Heritage in Dublin and the Isle of Man Public Record Office before joining the National Archives of Ireland. As Head of the Archive Storage and Preservation Division I lead the digital imaging unit; procure and tender for goods and services; research and write policy documents; and manage the repositories in three locations. I am also a member of the project team for the new archive repository to be built at the National Archives.
From 2008 to 2010, I was Officer for the website of the Irish region of the Society of Archivists, www.learnaboutarchives.ie. In 2009 I was a member of the Descriptive Standards Committee of the Irish region which compiled and published the Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. I was Chair of the Irish region of the Archives and Records Association from 2012-2015. During that time I was also Chaired the Irish Archives Resource (www.iar.ie), a web portal to facilitate online access to archive collections for the whole of Ireland.
KATY THORNTON - Inclusion
An archivist by training, and a registered member of ARA, I have worked for local authority archive services in Cumbria, Cheshire and West Yorkshire. I have also headed the Special Collections in Leeds University Library where I had responsibility of archive and manuscript collections, rare books and art. I was Chair of the Society of Archivists and then ARA as the new association was created between 2009 and 2011. Currently freelance and with a short-term role with Arts Council, England as relationship manager for libraries, I am enjoying having a different rhythm to my working life and the opportunity to learn more about the wider cultural sector.
These professional areas are particularly important to me:
- Access and diversity (to collections and to the professions)
- CPD (I am participating in the CPD pilot)
- Professional standards (aiming for quality, interoperability and professional rigour)
- Advocacy (having the right data to demonstrate our value)
ALEX BUCHANAN IS PRESIDENT OF THE ARA
The role of President is an honorary one in the gift of the ARA Board.
Alex is an archivist and archival educator. Since 2007, she has taught at the University of Liverpool, where she is Senior Lecturer in Archive Studies, Director of the Masters in Archives and Records Management programme and Co-Director of the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies. She is also Chair of the Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER), which represents those Universities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland offering ARA-accredited record-keeping programmes.
After completing a PhD in Architectural History, Alex undertook cataloguing projects at the Royal Institute of British Architects and Cambridge University Library. This experience, along with time in hospital records management between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and a year as Archives Assistant at the Borthwick Institute, encouraged her to train as a record-keeper at University College London. She then worked at Lambeth Palace Library, where she contributed to the cataloguing of the papers of Archbishop Ramsey and the HLF-funded digitisation of the Incorporated Church Building Society archive. In 2002, she became archivist to The Clothworkers' Company, one of the 'Great Twelve' livery companies of the City of London.
Alex is a former editor of Archives and Records and is committed both to maintaining mutually-beneficial links between academia and the profession and to raising public awareness of the value of records and archives.