ARA Annual General Meeting - election results

ARA Annual General Meeting, 16 May 2016  White ARA Square2

Main Highlights

  •        Geoff Pick succeeds David Mander, OBE as Chair
  • Five New ARA Board Members Elected
  •        Code of Ethics Process Approved

New Chair Steps Up

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London on 16 May, Geoff Pick (incumbent Vice-Chair) succeeded David Mander as an unopposed candidate.

Many members will know Geoff from his extensive profile in the archives sector, including his current role as Director of the London Metropolitan Archives. Geoff was born and brought up in Lancashire. After studying Classics at Bristol University, he did his Archives qualification in Liverpool. His first job was in Worcester Cathedral Library cataloguing medieval account rolls from the former Benedictine priory, followed by a stint at Lambeth Palace, before joining the then Greater London Record Office at County Hall. Geoff is also convenor of the Public Services Quality Group and has been particularly involved in organising the National Visitor Survey and annual PSQG Forum. He is also a former Chair of the National Council on Archives and led its merger into the ARA in 2010-11.

An Outstanding Field Stands for Board Seats

At the AGM, ARA members elected four new members (and re-elected one incumbent member) to the Board of Trustees. The five that were elected - from seven outstanding candidates - were:

  •           David Jenkins                   (166 votes)
  •           Charlotte Berry                  (156 votes)
  •           Vicki Wilkinson                 (re-elected; 137 votes)
  •           Katy Thornton                   (136 votes)
  •           Hazel Menton                   (123 votes)

In sixth and seventh places were:

  •           Anna Siddall                       (106 votes)
  •           Maria Castrillo                   (98 votes)

More information on each candidate and each’s manifesto can be found here:

The incoming and outgoing Chairs congratulated the winners. They also thanked Anna and Maria – both excellent candidates and valued members of the ARA community - for putting their names forward and expressed the hope that both would consider standing in future elections. The close nature of the vote showed how competitive and talented the field had been this year.

Geoff and David also thanked the three ex-officio Board members that were standing down, having reached their mandated term limits. All three had given dedicated service to the Association for a number of years and had contributed their extensive and diverse experience to the development, modernisation and innovation of our offer to members. The three are:

  •          Jessamy Carlson
  •           Justin Cavernelis-Frost
  •           Louise Ray

Code of Ethics Moves to the Next Stage

Members voted 188 in favour to 9 against (no abstentions) to move to the formal stage of reviewing and revising the ARA’s Code of Ethics. The Board will commission specialists at the University of Leeds to take this forward over the coming year, and will run several ad hoc panels of volunteer ARA members to input into the process as it evolves. We will also update members regularly via ARA Today and in other internal communications, and welcome views at any time.

A detailed, formal record of the AGM will be posted on the website in due course.