New ARA Board members are announced
We are delighted to announce that the previously vacant Board positionsof Honorary Secretary and Diversity portfolio holder have now been filled.Andrew Nicoll was co-opted onto the Board to be Honorary Secretary andJenny Moran was co-opted to the Diversity portfolio during the ARA Board’slatest meeting.
New ARA Board members are announced
We are delighted to announce that the previously vacant Board positions of Honorary Secretary and Diversity portfolio holder have now been filled. Andrew Nicoll was co-opted onto the Board to be Honorary Secretary and Jenny Moran was co-opted to the Diversity portfolio during the ARA Board’s latest meeting, which was held in Edinburgh on 25th November.
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.”
Jenny’s current role is joint manager of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and she is also chair of the newly launched regional network, Archives Connected. She has worked in archives since 1991 and, like Andrew, is also a returning Board member, having served as Honorary Secretary and been Chair of the East Midlands region twice. Jenny is also a former committee member of the Archives for Education and Learning Group.
Jenny comments: “I’m honoured to be co-opted as the new ARA board member with a responsibility for Diversity issues. I would like to thank Kevin Bolton, the previous post holder and everyone who has worked on diversity in the record-keeping sector.
“I’ve been working in archives since 1991 and an ARA member since 1994. I’ve served on the board as Honorary Secretary and been chair of the East Midlands region twice! I’m also a former committee member of the Archives for Education and Learning Group. My current role is joint manager of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and I am chair of our newly launched regional network Archives Connected.
“I am passionate about diversity and human rights and my experience includes working on the MLA (remember them!) diversity toolkits, representing the profession on the Black and Asian Archives Working Party and extensive work with the Northamptonshire Black History Project. I am also a member of Leicestershire County Council’s Departmental Equalities Group.
“I believe that diversity is about embracing our differences and learning from the perspectives and experiences of others to form more inclusive organisations which nurture talent, provide opportunities and enable everyone to be themselves.
“The passion members show for their respective professions can be harnessed to change how we approach diversity – not as something we should do, but something we all want to do. I hope that together we can achieve a deeper understanding of how diversity can enhance our collections, our services, our working environment, our outreach and, ultimately, our lives.
“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.”