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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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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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. 

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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.

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Chair of the ARA Board


Karl magee 2Karl 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. 


 Vice Chair


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Honorary Treasurer

Charlene is an Archivist at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, where she is involved in driving forward digital preservation activities, website and social media development and management, policy development and implementation, and the day-to-day management of the front of house team. She is currently working with Archives West Midlands to develop a regional digital preservation solution.
A graduate of Aberystwyth University, she qualified in 2007 and became a Registered member of ARA in 2014. Before joining the ARA Board she was involved with the Association at a regional level from 2013, serving as Treasurer and later Secretary for the West Midlands region.
Charlene has acted as a Peer Reviewer for Archive Service Accreditation since its launch in 2013.

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.

ADRIAN STEEL - Training 

Adrian Steel ARA Board election photo March 2018

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.


TBC - Diversity

JASON KING - Standards and Innovation

Jason King

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

Natalie Milne

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

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. I am also the budget holder for 

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.