‘New Professional of the Year’ Award Winner is....

The ARA announces the winner of its inaugural ‘New Professional of theYear’ Award, James Elder, Archives Manager at BT Plc.  Awardedfor ‘outstanding contribution’ to the recordkeeping sector, establishedmembers of the recordkeeping profession nominated six candidates intotal. 

SfNP logoBT Plc Archives Manager James Elder Wins Inaugural ARA ‘New Professional of the Year’ Award

        

Impressive Short-List of Nominees from across the UK & Ireland

          

The ARA announces the winner of its inaugural ‘New Professional of the Year’ Award, James Elder, Archives Manager at BT Plc.

          

Awarded for ‘outstanding contribution’ to the recordkeeping sector, established members of the recordkeeping profession nominated six candidates in total. A special judging panel comprising members of the ARA Board and the committee of the ARA’s New Professionals Section then selected James as the winner.

 

ARA Chair Geoff Pick commented:

           

“For an inaugural award, the standard of nominees was extremely high. All six would have been worthy winners. It was the combination of James’s impressive achievements in digital preservation at BT – so early in his career - as well as his passionate commitment to sharing experiences with colleagues – such as delivering a paper at the 2016 ARA Conference - that stood out.”

         

In second, third and runners-up places respectively were Lauren Clifton (West Sussex Record Office), Rachel Brown (Dudley Archives & Local Studies Centre), Luke Dady (Dorset History Centre), Karen Davies (Black Country Living Museum) and Rachael Jones (Glasgow School of Art).

         

ARA’s Chief Executive, John Chambers, added:

        

“This award recognises the vitally-important role played by new recordkeeping professionals. This new generation is having to grapple with the many challenges of the digital revolution, while maintaining a clear understanding of our ‘paper’ heritage. As the leading professional body for recordkeepers in the UK and Ireland, it is the ARA’s role to support and encourage the coming generation of professionals – those who create, manage, preserve and make accessible our records – to innovate and learn from each other for our own benefit and for the benefit of wider society. My congratulations to James and all his (outstanding) fellow inaugural nominees.”

         

Notes for editors:

The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) is the leading professional and membership body for archivists, records managers and conservators in the British Isles. It currently has around 2,500 members (and is growing). For more details, visit: www.archives.org.uk For more details on Award and nominees, visit http://www.archives.org.uk/news/680-ara-announces-new-professional-of-the-year-award.html and https://aranewprofessionals.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/introducing-the-ara-new-professional-award/