ARA announces new Head of Public Affairs

'First class communicator' to join ARA on 26 May


Jon Elliott will join on ARA on 26 May as its new Head of Public Affairs. Marie Owens, who has been in post in July 2011, retires on 29 May.

JonElliott 249x247- CopyJon joins ARA from the private sector, where he has been advising companies on risks in overseas markets for four years, and relying on a wide range of public archives, among other information. Before that, Jon worked for four years in Washington as Africa Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch, overseeing the organisation's communications and engagement with parliaments, governments and stakeholders. From 1991-2007, Jon worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall and overseas, in various policy and service delivery roles, including in Brussels.
Jon says: "Since my time at university, then working in government and most recently in the private sector, I've seen the vital importance of good archives and records for informed analysis, quality policymaking and public accountability. I'm very much looking forward to meeting the experts who make all this possible and to improving public awareness of the key challenges that you face and helping promote the right solutions." 
John Chambers, ARA Chief Executive says: ‘Jonathan beat a strong field of applicants to secure the post. His public affairs experience, in this country and internationally, will be particularly valuable to ARA as we seek to increase our advocacy and influencing work. Jonathan is a first class communicator and will help all of us in ARA communicate effectively’.