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.
ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION - STAFF, BOARD AND PRESIDENT
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.
JON ELLIOTT - Head of Public Affairs
Jon 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.
CHRIS SHERIDAN - Head of Professional Standards & Development (Monday to Wednesday)
Chris 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.
LORRAINE LOGAN - Membership and Office Administrator
Lorraine 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.
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.
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.
THE BOARD OF THE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION UK and IRELAND (elected by members 8th May 2019)
Chair of the ARA Board
Karl 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.
David 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.
I am a freelance consultant with clients drawn from across public, private and third sector environments.
Following an early career in museums and galleries, I re-trained and took up my first archiving post at City Arts Centre in Dublin, Ireland in 2004. After being made redundant in 2009, I returned to the UK and worked a number of fixed term projects including the successful delivery of several National Lottery Heritage Fund programmes. I went freelance in 2014 and my work now takes me all over the UK. I am one of TNA’s scoping grants consultants for the Archives Revealed programme. I am always happiest with my sleeves rolled up, exploring collections and talking with those who care for them.
I am a professionally trained photographer and when I am not working I like to explore and photograph urban landscapes. I have elder care responsibilities and always enjoy down time spent with family.
ADRIAN STEEL - Training
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.
KEVIN BOLTON - Diversity
Between 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!).
JASON KING - Standards and Innovation
I am a professionally-qualified Records and Information Management Specialist with many years of experience in the records management field.
I am passionate about supporting both colleagues and the records management profession as a whole. For that reason, as well as being an ARA Board member, I am Executive Committee member of the Association of Departmental Records Officers and former Chair/Secretary for ARA’s Section for Records Management and Information Governance. I am also a Fellow of the Information and Records Management Society and mentor.
In addition to speaking at a number of records management events and conferences, I have also written several articles for ARC magazine and am a reviewer for the ARA Journal.
When I am not working, I like to go to the theatre and cinema (I’m a real movie buff!) and for long walks in the countryside. I love travelling and discovering new places. My allotment keeps me busy, as does voluntary work and generally supporting the local community.
NATALIE MILNE - Professional Development
I have been an archivist in a variety of roles since graduating from Liverpool University having undertaken my archive traineeship at Glasgow University Archive Services. Since then I have worked in a wide variety of archives across Scotland, England and Ireland including university, charity, business, local authority and broadcasting archives. I have also worked as a freelance archivist and so have experienced the difficulties and benefits of short-term contract working. Currently I am employed at the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin where I work in Public Services. I am also involved in the work of the wonderful Irish Archive Resource, an online portal to archival collections across the island of Ireland.
STEPHEN SCARTH - Nations and Regions
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
ANDREA WATERHOUSE - Membership support
I am a proud Northern Lass, with a naturally positive attitude, I am open and transparent and expect the same from others. My approach is based on honesty, and I’m passionate about doing the right thing.
Confident in championing community causes, I am an active member of my local rail user group. With our four local railway stations in the bottom ten in the country for reliability, I am regularly invited to attend meetings with high profile decision makers, including local MPs, Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor, and Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport.
I lead a full life and enjoy cycling, running, yoga, and learning Italian. I was really tested recently when I entered my first Parkrun Event in Lucca, Italy, as the only English speaking entrant, it was challenging both physically and mentally.
KARYN WILLIAMSON - Specialist Groups and Sections
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.
ALEX BUCHANAN IS PRESIDENT OF THE ARA
The role of President is an honorary one in the gift of the ARA Board.
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.