Caroline Williams is new ARA President

carolinewilliamsCaroline Williams is the new ARA President. Her acceptance of the role was confirmed at the ARA’s conference at Edinburgh.

The role of President is an honorary one in the gift of the ARA Council. The President is always a highly experienced and respected member of the archives and record keeping world. Caroline succeeds Alan Cameron in the role.

Caroline is an independent archival consultant based in Chester. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Liverpool, where she established the Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS) in 1997 to provide a national focus for training and research.

Caroline has a History degree from King’s College London and studied Archive Administration at University College London. She worked as an Archivist for nearly two decades, becoming Deputy County Archivist at Lancashire Record Office and subsequently at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

She joined the University of Liverpool in 1996, helping to establish Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS). She was Director of LUCAS and ran the postgraduate Master of Archives and Records Management programme from 1997-2007.

Caroline established and ran the Research and Collections Development department at the National Archives between 2007 and 2009.

Caroline is a prolific author and has contributed over many years to the work of a range of professional and academic bodies, including the International Council on Archives, the (then) Society of Archivists, and the Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research.

Caroline has written about her new role for the October issue of ARC; she has also asked ARA members to share what they would like their President to do for the membership.