The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport appoints the members of the Advisory Council. They are not paid.

As an advisory non-departmental public body, the Advisory Council adheres to the Code of Practice set out by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Members 2016

CHAIRMAN: Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls

Ms Hillary Bauer OBE, Adviser on culture and heritage issues; formerly Head of International and Cultural Property Unit, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Professor Rodney Brazier MVO, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Manchester; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Mr John Collins CBE, Formerly Deliverer of the Vote, House of Commons

Mr John Evans, Freedom of Information Officer, University of Bath; independent historian; former communications adviser, civil servant and journalist

Ms Sarah Fahy, Global Head of Library Services, Know How and Training Department at Allen and Overy LLP

Ms Lesley Ferguson, Head of Collections, Historic Environment Scotland

Dr Helen Forde, historian and archivist; formerly Board member of the Museums and Libraries Association, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Postal Museum and Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries

Mr Stephen Hawker CB, Independent Consultant

Ms Angela Kelly, Legal Adviser and Examiner of Statutory Rules, Northern Ireland Assembly

Dr Elizabeth Lomas, Senior Lecturer in Information Governance, University College London; formerly Head of Records Management Services for the Royal Household

Mr John Millen, Formerly Policy Director, Ministry of Defence

Dr William Peace, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for Security Analysis, Kings College London; formerly Deputy Director for Strategy and Information, Serious Organised Crime Agency

Sir John Ramsden Bt, Formerly HM Ambassador to Croatia; formerly Head, Central and North West Europe Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr Michael Smyth CBE QC(Hon), Visiting Professor, Queen Mary College London; Chairman, Community Links; formerly Head of Government Practice, Clifford Chance

Ms Jeannette Strickland, independent archive and records consultant; formerly Head of Art, Archives and Records Management, Unilever

Mr Trevor Woolley CB, Formerly Director General, Ministry of Defence

(last updated December 2016)

Members of the Advisory Council are required to disclose interests they or close family members have, which might influence their judgment or which could be perceived to do so by a reasonable member of the public. See the register of interests for more information.