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.
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.
KAREN HARRIS - Finance Administrator (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Karen is the Finance Administrator based in the ARA Office in Taunton.
THE BOARD OF THE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ASSOCIATION UK and IRELAND (elected by members June 2020)
Chair of the ARA Board
LISA SNOOK - Professional Development
In 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.
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.”
David 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 - vacant
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.
JENNY MORAN - Diversity
“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
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.
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.
ANDREA WATERHOUSE - Membership support
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
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.
AIDEEN IRELAND IS PRESIDENT OF THE ARA
The role of President is an honorary one in the gift of the ARA Board.