The ARA Board

The ARA Board comprises the Chair, Vice-Chair, Honorary Treasurer, HonorarySecretary and up to eight Directors

 Read about membership of the ARA Board in Who's Who at the ARA.

  • Latest Board updates can be viewed here.    

How the Board works

There are up to twelve Board members who are responsible for ARA's strategy, policy and governance. The Chair, Vice-Chair, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary are directly elected to those positions. The remaining eight Board members manage portfolios, assigned depending upon their skills, to support activities linked to ARA's strategy and mission.

ARA BOARD PORTFOLIOS and responsibilities at June 2021


Includes responsibility for

  • Workforce diversity
  • Volunteering
  • Equalities

Portfolio holder: Jenny Moran

Membership support

Includes responsibility for

  • Pay Review Group

Portfolio holder: Andrea Waterhouse

Nations and Regions 

  • 3 nations and 8 regions
  • International members

Portfolio holder: Ruth Macleod

Professional Development

Includes responsibility for

  • New Continuing Professional Development scheme

Portfolio holder: Lisa Snook

Publications and Promotion

Includes responsibility for

  • ARA Awards
  • ARC Magazine, ARC Recruitment and ARA Today
  • Archives and Records Journal

Portfolio holder: Maria Castrillo

Specialist Groups and Sections

Includes responsibility for

  • Archives for Learning and Education Section
  • Archives and Museums
  • Community Archives and Heritage
  • Section for Business Records
  • Section for Film, Sound and Photography
  • Section for Special Repositories
  • Affiliated groups including Charity Archivists and Records Managers (CHARM), Health Archives and Records Group (HARG), Religious Archives Group, etc.

Portfolio holder: Karyn Williamson

Standards and Innovation

Includes responsibility for

  • Chief Archivists in Local Government Group (CALGG)
  • Archivists of Scottish Local Authorities Working Group (ASLAWG)
  • Section for Archives and Technology
  • Section for New Professionals
  • Section for Preservation and Conservation
  • Section for Records Management and Information Governance
  • National Surveys Group
  • Legislation Working Group

Portfolio holder: Jason King


Includes responsibility for

  • Training Group

Portfolio holder: TBC

Latest Board Updates

Diversity and Inclusion Progress Report (August 2019)

Update on Glasgow Manifesto August 2019

Archiving provisions in the Data Protection Bill

Draft EU Code of Conduct for Archive Services

ARA letter submissions to a number of government bodies and interested legislators

James McQuade, Senior Committee Assistant, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

John Chambers letter to Iain Wright, MP, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee 

PRONI - Ian Maye to Mr J Chambers Archives  Records Association UK and Ireland

John Chambers letter to Northern Ireland Communities Minister Paul Givan

Home Office and Cabinet Office on issues relating to government records and open government

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, DBE CMG
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Intellectual Property  

INTERNSHIPS: A Position Statement for Record Keeping Professionals

Data Protection Regulation and ‘archiving in the public interest’ – a briefing for MEPs by the Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland (ARA)

Summary of Major Requests and Concerns