The Executive team ensures The National Archives achieves its vision and its business plan, and works together to look at all the key issues involved with running the organisation. The directors lead their own directorates and teams, in addition to forming the overall management team of The National Archives.

Executive team meeting minutes are available online.

Chief Executive and Keeper - Jeff James

Chief Executive and Keeper - Jeff James

As Chief Executive, Jeff has overall responsibility for The National Archives' future direction as well as current performance, and is accountable to ministers for both.

Jeff started his career as an electronic engineer in the Royal Navy. He has held operational management roles at the University of Leeds, Swift Research and the British Library. He spent six years as Director of Operations and Services at The National Archives before joining the Chartered Institute of Housing as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations. Jeff returned to The National Archives to take up the role of Chief Executive and Keeper in July 2014.

Director of Finance and Corporate Services - Clem Brohier

Director of Finance and Performance - Clem Brohier

As Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Clem is primarily responsible for managing The National Archives' finances and liaising with HM Treasury. In addition, his directorate includes corporate planning, risk management, estates and facilities, on site security, procurement and strategic project management support.

A chartered management accountant, Clem has broad commercial and public sector experience. His most recent roles as Director of Finance have been within higher education and health, where his main focus was on transition management, strategic planning, corporate governance, performance management and the development of effective funding and resource allocation models.

Commercial Director - Mary Gledhill

Commercial Director - Mary Gledhill

Mary is responsible for customer, product and service strategy, partnership and business development, trading services and marketing and communications.

Mary has experience of working in a broad range of industries, starting as an engineer and moving into management consultancy with Booz Allen Hamilton following an MBA at Cranfield School of Management. She then joined BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, where she was responsible for strategy and business development activities for the Home Entertainment division. In her final year before joining The National Archives in 2011, Mary was the corporate finance lead for the successful sale of the BBC Magazines division, and also managed a company-wide review of the BBC Worldwide investment process.

Director of Public Services and Human Resources - Caroline Ottaway Searle

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development - Caroline Ottaway Searle

Caroline is responsible for providing and developing on site, online and remote services to the public and schools and leads The National Archives' human resources and organisational development work. She is also responsible for managing customer relations and maintaining service excellence at The National Archives.

Caroline's experience of human resources and organisational development was gained in both the private and public sectors. She has held board-level roles as Human Resources Director for a national charity, and Organisational Director of a large housing group.

As well as her broad operational human resources experience, Caroline has helped organisations to develop and change through leadership development, talent management and coaching, and staff engagement programmes.


Director of Information Policy and Services - Carol Tullo

Director of Information Policy and Services - Carol Tullo

Carol is responsible for providing leadership in information management and policy across government, the wider public sector and the archive sector to improve the way information is managed and exploited to deliver real benefit for those that use and access this valuable resource. As Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Queen's Printer of Acts of Parliament, Queen's Printer for Scotland, and Government Printer for Northern Ireland, she delivers a range of UK wide official publishing responsibilities and services.

Prior to joining the Cabinet Office in 1997, Carol practised at the Bar in London and had a successful career in law and professional publishing. Carol is a visiting professor in Information Science and an external adviser at the Centre for Information leadership at City University, London.

Interim Director of Research and Collections - Dr Valerie Johnson

Dr Valerie Johnson

As Interim Director of Research and Collections, and previously Head of Research at The National Archives, Dr Valerie Johnson is responsible for supporting and coordinating innovative research, conservation and cataloguing programmes that use our collections, and enhance access. She aims to further The National Archives' engagement with the academic sector, and to collaborate with researchers across the cultural heritage, higher education and academic sectors.

Prior to these roles, Valerie worked on a funded history project based at the University of Cambridge History Faculty. She holds an MA with Distinction in Archive Administration, and was awarded the Alexander R Myers Memorial Prize for Archive Administration. She won the Coleman Prize for her PhD thesis, British Multinationals, Culture and Empire in the Early Twentieth Century.

She is a Registered Member of the Society of Archivists, 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.

She has worked as an archivist and a historian in the academic, corporate and public sectors.