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 2017

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

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

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

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 September 2017)

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.