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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CHRIS SHERIDAN - Head of Professional Standards & Development (Monday to Wednesday) 

Chris SheridanChris works with the Chief Executive and the Board to manage all aspects of the ARA's professional development, education and member development interests. This includes management of the ARA’s professional development programme, the route to qualify as a Foundation, Registered or Fellow Member, and university course accreditation. Key priorities include apprenticeships, workforce strategy, promoting improvement and continuing professional development, and the development of the ARA’s membership offer.

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  DEBORAH MASON - Communications Manager

Deborah Mason 232Deborah is an experienced communications professional, having held a number of communications roles across the UK. In her new role for ARA, Deborah will deliver the new website, generate press coverage, develop the ARA social media strategies and write content for online delivery. 

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LORRAINE LOGAN - Membership and Office Administrator 

LLogan2019Lorraine 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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KAREN HARRIS - Finance Administrator (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Karen Harris photo 2Karen is our part-time finance administrator working in the ARA Office. She deals with the day to day finances of the Association and supports the paid and volunteer officers. 

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Chair of the ARA Board

LISA SNOOK - Professional Development 

Lisa SnookIn June 2019 Lisa became the County Archivist at Gwent Archives, moving to south Wales from her previous role at at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.  She qualified as an Archivist from the University of Liverpool in 2003 having recently obtained her PhD from Swansea University.   In 2008 she became a Registered member of ARA, and this year was awarded Fellowship status. 

In addition to her role on the Board, Lisa is also vice-Chair of the ARA National Surveys Group and is a mentor and assessor on the Professional Development Programme, roles she particularly enjoys and intends to continue. 


 Vice Chair



Andrew Nicoll

Andrew currently works as Deputy Head of Archives at Historic Environment Scotland and sits on the ARA Security and Access Group. He is a returning Board member, having previously held the International Engagement and Professional Affairs posts. Having served in the former Society of Archivists Council, Andrew worked through the merger to create the ARA. He comments: “I'm very much looking forward to working with a great group of colleagues and getting back to addressing the many issues our profession has to deal with.”




Honorary Secretary


DP BWDavid qualified from the Liverpool course in 2001 and gained Registered status in 2008.  He is currently working on his Fellowship portfolio.  Since qualifying, he has worked in a variety of records related roles in Scottish universities, local government and business sectors.  He is now Archive Manager at media company DC Thomson in Dundee. David has been actively involved with the ARA for most of his career, as Training Officer for Scotland, and then secretary of the Professional Development Committee and latterly the CPD Steering and Pilot Group.  He is looking forward to bringing his skills and experience to the Board with an open mind. 



Honorary Treasurer 


Stephen Scarth 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.



Elizabeth Thompson MacRaeIn March 2020 Elizabeth became a Court Archivist for the National Records of Scotland, where she is responsible for records relating to Scotland’s Supreme Courts, Land Court and Registers of Scotland. Previously, she has worked in a variety of project and consultancy roles in the private and third sector. Joining the Scottish Government in 2017, she trained as an Internal Auditor for several years before moving to her current role. Elizabeth gained a post-graduate certificate in Archive and Records Management from Dundee University in 2012, where she specialised in information legislation and oral histories.

At present Elizabeth is working towards becoming a Registered member of ARA and keeps in touch with members from the ARA Section for Business Records, where she previously held the role of Joint Communications Officer.

Julie Bon

Julie Bon, ACR, joined the National Library of Scotland as Head of Collections Care in May 2019. She manages a team of Conservators, Technicians, Preservation Assistants, Registrar, Audit Officer and Interns based across two sites in Edinburgh.

Qualifying with an MA Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Lincoln in 2004, Julie held a number of project jobs before being appointed as a Regional Conservator for the National Trust for Scotland in 2006. In that role she delivered preventive conservation advice and project management across a number of historic properties and managed a nationwide project to deliver emergency response and salvage plans for over 50 historic sites with collections.

She was accredited though Icon in 2013 and is a Accreditation mentor and assessor. She sits on Icon’s Accreditation Committee representing Conservation Management and Preventive Conservation and is a guest lecturer at the Centre for Textile Conservation at Glasgow University.


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.

RUTH MACLEOD - Nations and Regions

Ruth Macleod

Ruth is currently Data Curator and Archivist for London South Bank University, covering research data as well as archives. She has previously worked in both local government and other university archives and is a former chair of ARA London region. Ruth has been a member of ARA since 2005 and a Registered member since 2013 and is a mentor and an assessor for the ARA CPD scheme. She was a recruited member of the Archives Service Accreditation Committee from 2013 to 2019 and is keen to use this experience of looking at archives services in thinking about how record-keeping professionals can develop themselves and how the ARA can help, as well as how ARA itself can improve. There is great work being done by ARA and it’s important that our members know about that and can get involved. 

Outside of archives, Ruth is very slowly working on achieving her next kickboxing belt but is easily diverted by fiction and cocktails. 


JENNY MORAN - Diversity

Jenny Moran Photo

 “I’ve been working in archives since 1991 and an ARA member since 1994. I’ve served on the board as Honorary Secretary and been chair of the East Midlands region twice! I’m also a former committee member of the Archives for Education and Learning Group. My current role is joint manager of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and I am chair of our newly launched regional network Archives Connected.

“The ARA may be a small organisation, but it can be a world leader in showing how diversity can be a thread running through all its activities, turning small changes into big impacts.” 



JASON KING - Standards and Innovation

Jason King

I am a professionally qualified Records and Information Management Specialist having worked in the sector since 2005. My current job is Records Manager at The Crown Estate.

In addition to being an ARA Board member, I am a former Chair/Secretary for ARA’s Section for Records Management and Information Governance, member of the Association of Departmental Records Officers, a Fellow of the Information and Records Management Society and mentor to several colleagues in the profession.

I have spoken at a number of records management events and conferences, written several articles and am a Reviewer for the ARA Journal.


ANDREA WATERHOUSE - Membership support

Andrea Waterhouse

Andrea took a non-traditional route into the Heritage Sector. Leaving school at 16 she worked as a GPO telephonist before marrying in her early twenties and taking time out of paid employment to care full time for her two sons. She later qualified and worked as a teacher in the Further Education sector, specialising in IT and Basic Skills literacy and numeracy. In 2001 Andrea returned to education again, studying full time at the University of Huddersfield for a degree in history before securing a place at the University of Liverpool to study Archives and Records Management. Andrea’s first post-course appointment was in Local Government where she drew on her diverse work experience to establish an Educational Development Programme for KS2 and KS3 students. Later she moved to the business sector where she steered the development of a variety of successful and sustainable heritage projects and campaigns. Her diverse work experience coupled with a natural drive and determination to enact change led to her presenting on the subject of pay in the sector at the ARA Officers Day in 2016. Andrea went on to become the founding member of the ARA Pay Review Group and current group Chair leading the review of ARA’s Salary Recommendations in 2018. She is also the Treasurer for the ARA North West and an active member in the region.


KARYN WILLIAMSON - Specialist Groups and Sections

Karyn Williamson

I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2013 and attained ARA registered status in 2017. I am currently the company archivist for Standard Life Aberdeen where I’ve been responsible for building the archive service from the ground up. I’m currently in the final semester of a post grad course in digital information management and am learning basic web development languages and software.

I’ve worked in various voluntary roles across the sector, beginning with publicity officer for the ARA Section for New Professionals and the training officer of ARA Scotland. I then became Chair of both sections for 2 and 4 years respectively. I hold the crisis management team portfolio on the ARA Section for Business Records, source content for the Explore Your Archive website and am events coordinator for the Business Archive Council Scotland.

When I’m not working I can be found hillwalking, at the theatre or watching thrillers at the cinema- usually with ice cream. 



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