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 May 2020


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: Stephen Scarth

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: Adrian Steel

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


Summaries of ARA Board decisions and other useful information are posted below:

Summary of Board decisions and other useful information for members

Board meeting 76, June 2020

The Board met by MS Teams on Wednesday 30 June 2020. The Chair reported on the AGM being completed successfully, under slightly different circumstances this year. Appointments to the Board and succession planning was discussed with a number of plans explored.

The Board discussed a number of items, including exploration of how ARA can be further involved in the sector apprenticeships. Further monitoring of the budget continued, to ensure that the Association did not commit to any excess expenditure. 

A Report was presented on the new website and the needs and requirements.

Summary of Board decisions and other useful information for members

Board meeting 77, July 2020

The Board met by MS Teams on Wednesday 22 July 2020. With continued restrictions in public life and Covid-19 beginning to show wider effects in society, the Board agreed to provide free membership to members who had been made redundant as a result of Covid for a period of up to 12 months. The decision was made to ban physical ARA events until the end of the year, unless UK, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland governments guidance changed. The Board examines the Risk Register at every meeting and steps were taken to ensure that all high risk identified were explored fully and any mitigations introduced.

The Head of Professional Development and Standard outlined the research and discussions ongoing with regard to the apprenticeship scheme, and how we might play an active role in it. The Board member responsible for Training outlined all of the ways in which ARA was embracing technology and moving our training and meetings to online platforms. It was reported also that a draft tender for a ‘Toolkit in Dismantling Oppressive Practice’ has been produced.

The call for Diversity Allies has gone out, and over 20 applications were received. Further planning work is being undertaken.

The Board make planning commitments for future organisational strategy and operational planning meetings.

Summary of Board decisions and other useful information for members

Board meeting 78, August 2020

The Board met by MS Teams on Tuesday 25 August 2020. The Chair updated those present with details of a recent meeting with the ARA Ireland committee and how a number of areas of work had been identified for the future, including diversity. A last minute application was made to the HLF Culture Fund for Covid, and the outcome would be known in late October. The Board worked through the Risk Register, focussing again on high rated items and worked to reduce those to medium level.

Further discussion on the role of ARA in the sector apprenticeships was undertaken, and the Board agreed that it would work toward partnering with CILIP Pathways to provide End Point Assessor status.

The draft budget for 2020-21 was presented. Further work was identified and it would be brought back to the next meeting. The Pay Review Group submitted recommendations for the updated salary scales. This was approved unanimously by the board.

This was the final meeting for Karl Magee as Chair of the Association. He thanked everyone for their support and input to the Association and this was reciprocated by all. A ‘virtual drink’ was had to wish him farewell.

ARA board meeting held 20 May 2020

ARA board meeting held 22 April 2020

ARA board meeting held 13 March 2020

ARA board meeting held 29 January 2020

Summaries of ARA Board decisions and other useful information are posted below:

ARA board meeting held 25 November 2019

ARA Board meeting held 16 October 2019

ARA Special Board meeting held 6 September 2019

ARA Board meeting held 27 August 2019

ARA Board meeting held 24 July 2019

ARA Board meeting held 10 June 2019

ARA Board meeting held 24 April 2019

ARA Board meeting held 11 March 2019

ARA Board meeting held 23 January 2019