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.  




JOHN CHAMBERS - Chief Executive 

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.

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JON ELLIOTT  - Head of Public Affairs 

Jon Elliott 137x161Jon 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. 

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 CHRIS SHERIDAN - CPD Programme Manager (Monday to Wednesday)


Chris SheridanChris’s job is to implement, develop and maintain our new enhanced CPD offer, embedding the value of CPD in our activities and to our membership.

Key priorities

Ensure the new CPD programme is ready for launch in August 2017

Launch the new CPD programme and deliver successful marketing and uptake of the CPD programme in its first year so as to meet member expectations and make it financially viable for the medium term

Develop CPD in response to feedback and maintain the programme

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LORRAINE LOGAN - Membership and Office Administrator 

LL2Lorraine 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.  

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JEAN WOODISON - Finance Administrator (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. 

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JEAN WOODISON - Administrative Assistant (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.

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Chair of the ARA Board


Karl magee 2Karl 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. 


Vice Chair

DAVID JENKINS - Standards and Innovation

David JenkinsDavid Jenkins is University Records Manager at the University of Leicester and, before joining the Board, was Chair of the ARA Section for Records and Information Governance.

Graduating with a History degree from the University of Sheffield David went on to study Archive Administration at Aberystwyth before getting his first role as an archivist at Derbyshire Record Office in 2007. Since then he has moved into records management as the Corporate Records Manager at Derbyshire County Council (between 2009-2017) where he has was involved in policy development, training, electronic records management and information security. David currently works at the Records Manager at the University of Leicester where he is involved in developing the newly established records management service and supporting the University’s GDPR project.


 Honorary Secretary


Natalie Milne

Honorary Treasurer

Charlene is an Archivist at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, where she is involved in driving forward digital preservation activities, website and social media development and management, policy development and implementation, and the day-to-day management of the front of house team. She is currently working with Archives West Midlands to develop a regional digital preservation solution.
A graduate of Aberystwyth University, she qualified in 2007 and became a Registered member of ARA in 2014. Before joining the ARA Board she was involved with the Association at a regional level from 2013, serving as Treasurer and later Secretary for the West Midlands region.
Charlene has acted as a Peer Reviewer for Archive Service Accreditation since its launch in 2013.

MARIA CASTRILLO - Publications and Promotions
Maria Castrillo
Maria Castrillo holds a PhD in Medieval History. She qualified as an archivist from Aberystwyth University in 2008 and obtained ARA registered status in 2013. She has worked in archives for the past 14 years mainly in the public sector and in a wide range of roles including a local authority archive, a national research library and since 2016 a higher education institution. She is currently Head of Special Collections and Engagement at Senate House Library, University of London. To the Board she brings a wide range of experience in the sector and knowledge about the challenges and opportunities currently facing archivists and information professionals. She has been a member of ARA since 2004 and has been involved in several national working groups affiliated to the Society. Currently training officer for the Archives for Learning and Education Section Maria has followed ARA’s endeavours to reach out to other professional bodies to share expertise and knowledge. She is also a member of RLUK Special Collections Leadership Network, the Scottish Council on Archives and the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections.

ADRIAN STEEL - Membership

Adrian Steel ARA Board election photo March 2018

My most recent full-time role was Director of The Postal Museum, which I held for 8½ years, standing down last December. I led that organisation through a massive transformation, opening a new museum and underground Mail Rail ride (both of which feature archival material throughout). This transformation included building new state-of-the-art archive accommodation alongside services including a digital studio, all much better than the old flood-prone storage my colleagues and I had to dry out on numerous occasions.

I started at The Postal Museum in 2003, serving first as Catalogue Manager, where I introduced The Postal Museum’s first online catalogue using CALM. I later acted as Head of Archives and Records Management, before becoming Director.

Prior to The Postal Museum I worked as an archivist at services in London including LMA, the Reuters Archive and the Wellcome Trust. Since leaving The Postal Museum I have worked on a few small short-term projects including advising a school on GDPR and assisting with a capital funding bid.

I continue to act as a Peer Reviewer for Archive Service Accreditation, and am an occasional contributor to professional publications.


CHARLOTTE BERRY - Professional Development
C Berry 02 webI have a degree in languages and trained in Aberystwyth in 2001. I've worked in a wide array of archives across Wales, England and Scotland, ranging from a national repository to being a lone archivist working with curators and librarians. As a result, I'm interested in cross-sectoral work, professional overlaps and the synergies between all types of textual, visual and material collections. I am currently dusting off my palaeographical and Latin skills in order to work with the medieval archives and fantastic chained library in my new post as Archivist at Hereford Cathedral.

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!).

KEVIN BOLTON - Diversity

Kevin Bolton image3Between 2010-2016 I helped create the Archives+ partnership, an ambitious project bringing together various heritage and voluntary partners in Manchester Central Library to create a first-class archives facility and engage new audiences.

Since October 2016 I have been a freelance consultant. Freelancing has given me the opportunity to work across the whole of the United Kingdom and in different sectors. My clients include businesses, charities, local authorities, universities, national archives, community archives, museums and public libraries.

Since 2015 I have been Chair of ARA North West. I am also a member of the ARA’s Qualifications Accreditation Team (since 2010).

I’m a proud northerner and honorary Mancunian (despite spending the first 20 years of my life in south west London). Outside of work I enjoy spending my Mondays with my Paw Patrol obsessed three year old daughter. I also have an unhealthy obsession with road cycling and FPL (.....google it!).

HAZEL MENTON - Special Groups and Sections

H MentonI 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. 

STEPHEN SCARTH - Nations and Regions

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 I have been employed by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) since 1996 and have worked across all functional areas including private records, government records, information management and online projects. From 2003-08, I was lead archivist responsible for the conversion of PRONI’s paper lists to an electronic catalogue and document ordering system (eCATNI). Since 2010, I have been Head of Public Services and part of the PRONI Senior Management Team. My responsibilities include all visitor related activities, marketing of PRONI, use of the PRONI building and on behalf of our parent Government Department – I lead on activities relating to the marking of the Decade of Centenaries (1912-22), a period which resulted in the creation of the two states within Ireland. As this period is characterised by competing historical ‘narratives’, it requires an inclusive and strategic approach to remembering the past. I am also the budget holder for 

VICKI WILKINSON - Provides oversight of the ARA's records management systems.  Leading the review of the ARA External Qualifications Accreditation Team and liaising with the Forum for Archives and Records Managenent Education and Research (FARMER)

Vicki Wilkinson

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. 


Katy Thornton

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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 (having been part of the pilot programme)
  • Professional standards (aiming for quality, interoperability and professional rigour)
  • Advocacy (having the right data to demonstrate our value)


The role of President is an honorary one in the gift of the ARA Board.

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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.