Management of Archive Service Accreditation

UK Archive Service Accreditation Partnership

Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives; and the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales division. The partnership is defined in the memorandum of understanding (PDF, 0.10MB).

Archive Service Accreditation Committee

The Archive Service Accreditation Committee is responsible for reviewing policy and considering matters of quality assurance relating to Archive Service Accreditation. Members of the Committee are also responsible for approving accredited archive services through the Archive Service Accreditation Panels (link).

The Committee meets annually and minutes of the meetings are available here:

May 2016

May 2015 (PDF, 0.88MB)

November 2014 (PDF, 0.22MB)

May 2014 (PDF, 0.15MB)

November 2013 (PDF, 0.17MB)

Members of the Committee are nominated by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Partnership or are recruited through open competition.  They are current or recently retired archive sector practitioners and service initially for a period of three years.

Archive Service Accreditation committee members

Nominated members

David Brown (National Records of Scotland)

Susan Edwards (Archives and Records Council Wales)

Mary Ellis (The Welsh Government, Musums Archives and Libraries Division)

Rachel Hart (Scottish Council on Archives)

Bruce Jackson – Chair of Archive Service Accreditation (Archives and Records Association)

Valerie Johnson (The National Archives)

Stephen Scarth (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

Recruited members

Ruth MacLeod (Heritage Officer, London Borough of Wandsworth)

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan (Archive Consultant)

Caroline Peach (Archive Consultant)

Liz Rees (Head of Archives and Collections for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)

Caroline Sampson (Archivist, University of Leicester)

Philippa Smith (Principal Archivist, London Metropolitan Archives)

Vicky Stretch (Archivist, Network Rail Archive)

Archive Service Accreditation Committee members’ biographies

David Brown has worked for the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and its predecessor bodies since 1984. He is currently Head of the Court, Legal and Private Records Branch and has a wide knowledge of the archives sector in Scotland through his liaison work for NRS. From 1999 to 2001, he represented the former National Archives of Scotland on the British Standards Institute Committee inputting to ISO54389 on Records Management. Since 2002 David has been a member of the UK Railway Heritage Committee (now the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board).

Susan Edwards is currently Glamorgan Archivist, head of a joint service covering a large and populous area of South Wales. She has worked in local authority and university archives in both England and Wales during her career, she led the move into Glamorgan’s new building and she has been involved in several successful Heritage Lottery-funded projects. A former chair of Archives and Records Council Wales (ARCW), she has been a member of CyMAL’s Advisory Council since its inception.

Mary Ellis is currently Head of Archives Development at the Welsh Government Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of policy in relation to archive services.  She began her career with the Historical Manuscripts Commission and prior to joining the Welsh Government Museums, Archives and Libraries Division she was the Director of the postgraduate programmes in archive administration and records management at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University.

Rachel Hart has 30 years of experience in the archive sector, particularly in university archives in Scotland where she has worked since the mid-1980s. As Muniments Archivist at the University of St Andrews, she is also Deputy Head of the Special Collections Division of the University Library. She is Honorary Treasurer and Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Archive Network. She teaches Palaeography at St Andrews and via distance learning through the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee.

Bruce Jackson is now retired, but undertaking limited consultancy work.  Until 2014 he was County Heritage Manager, Lancashire County Council, and was County Archivist of Lancashire for 17 years having been Chief Archivist in Tyne and Wear previously from 1986 to 1993. He was chair of the Chief Archivists in Local Government Group (previously ACALG) from 2002 to 2012, a lead member of the National Digitisation Consortium development group, and a member of the Self-Assessment Panel (2006-2011) as well as being a council member of the Society of Archivists (SoA) for many years and chairing several committees. He has carried out work on behalf of the International Council of Archives (ICA) in Ghana and the former Yugoslavia.

Valerie Johnson is Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives.  Prior to this role, she was Head of Research at The National Archives and worked as an archivist and historian in the academic, corporate and public sectors.  She is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Business Archives Council, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Ruth MacLeod is an archivist and research data curator at London South Bank University and a board member of Archives for London. She has broad experience of working with the largest and most diverse region of archive services in England and as a former chair of the London region of ARA. Her work includes experience of several relatively small operations (Wandsworth Heritage, Senate House Library), ensuring that the perspective of smaller services is fully represented at the Committee.

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan has developed a practical based knowledge of good practice in the sector through her work on strategic and technical issues with a cross-section of services, including local authorities, universities, business, charities and the NHS. Her current professional involvement includes acting as Expert Adviser and Mentor to the Heritage Lottery Fund, assessor for the ARA’s Registration Scheme and a member of the UNESCO Memory of the World UK Working Group.

Caroline Peach brings expertise in collections care and digital preservation to the Committee. In her role at the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre, she worked with organisations from large publicly funded institutions to small volunteer-led organisations working to improve standards in collections care. Caroline is currently working as a Collections Care and Preservation consultant and is a member of the Scottish Council on Archives’ Preservation and Conservation working group and is Vice Chair of Icon, the Institute of Conservation.

Liz Rees has over 35 years experience of working in the archives sector and has recently retired from her role as Head of Archives and Collections for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, where a role in a joint service has enabled her to gain a broader experience of collections management. Liz previously acted as both chair and vice chair of the Society of Archivists and was external examiner for Liverpool University Centre for Archival Studies. Currently she is a member of the Cataloguing Grants Committee and Chair of the North East Regional Archives Council.

Caroline Sampson has worked in the archives sector for over 20 years in both large and small repositories, in roles including County Archivist and as Heritage and Cultural Services Manager at Warwickshire County Council. She has previously acted as Secretary of the International Panel of the Society of Archivists and as member of the Executive Committee of the Chief Archivists in Local Government Group. She is currently employed as Archivist at the University of Leicester.

Stephen Scarth has wide experience of the work of Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI), where he is currently Head of the Public Services Branch. He has wide experience of the work of PRONI, having served in all its archive branches. His work to promote PRONI from its new premises in Titanic Quarter has brought him into contact with a wide range of heritage, archival and cultural organisations and individuals across Northern Ireland.

Philippa Smith currently works as Principal Archivist responsible for both the Collections and Conservation teams at London Metropolitan Archives. She has previously held roles at a number of archive services including Hampshire Record Office, Guildhall Library, and the Greater London Record Office. Philippa is also a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) statistics working party and lectures occasionally at the School of Information Studies, University College London.

Vicky Stretch is currently the archivist for Network Rail, having joined the Company in 2008 to establish its corporate archive. She has worked in the archives sector since 1998 and has experience in both archives and records management from a range of different organisations, including the Cheshire Record Office, BP Archive, the National Railway Museum, the Borthwick Institute and North Yorkshire County Council.