ARA to get word out on archives with appointment of new Head of Public Affairs

Marie Owens will join the ARA as the new Head of Public Affairs after manyyears working in education and in the library sector.

For nearly two decades Marie worked at the British Library, in a number of public relations and communication roles, including that of Head of Corporate Communication throughout the planning and opening of the new building at St Pancras. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she was Head of the National Preservation Office, where she led national initiatives on preservation and security in libraries and archives.

Marie then became Director of Communication at Middlesex University. She led all aspects of communication, public relations, alumni relations and event management and also managed the University’s successful rebranding project. In 2009, Marie took a year out which she calls ‘the gap year I never had!’ and fulfilled a number of dreams, including travelling round the world and walking across England. 

Marie was working on a number of projects as a consultant when she saw the Archives and Records Association role. 

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She comments: ‘It seemed the perfect fit for me and I was hugely excited at the thought of working within this fascinating sector and raising awareness of the essential work carried out every day by those who work in the nation’s archives. Those who use archives – for business, research or pleasure – already understand the extraordinary nature of this national and international resource. Now is the time to make sure everyone else understands it too.’ 

John Chambers, Chief Executive of the ARA welcomes Marie to the fold: “Marie has a wealth of experience that will be of considerable value to the ARA in driving its role as the leading voice for the record keeping sector. We look forward to welcoming Marie to the fold, starting July 4th.”