Jeff James

Jeff James

Chief Executive and Keeper

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.

Jeff is Keeper of Public Records and Historical Manuscripts Commissioner. As of 1 July 2017, Jeff holds the offices of Queen’s Printer of Acts of Parliament, Queen’s Printer for Scotland and Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO). As of October 2017 Jeff also holds the office of Government Printer for Northern Ireland.

Speaking engagements

Accreditation of the National Theatre Archive, Friday 2 February 2018: transcript (PDF, 0.36 MB)

Launch of Beyond 2022, Trinity College Dublin, Thursday 8 February 2018: transcript (PDF, 0.27 MB)

40 Years at Kew, Wednesday 21 February 2018: transcript (PDF, 0.13 MB)

Launch of ‘Suffragette City’, Monday 26 February 2018: transcript (PDF, 0.16 MB)

Bank of England Archive Accreditation award, Friday 2 March 2018: transcript (PDF, 0.4 MB)

Launch of the Prize Papers Project, Wednesday 25 April: transcript (PDF, 0.13 MB)

Library and Archives Canada Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar 2018, ‘Archives Matter’: transcript (PDF, 0.12 MB)

Library and Archives Canada Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar 2018, ‘Archives Matter’: presentation (PDF, 1.75 MB)