Assessment panel

Cataloguing grant panel 2021

Panel Chair: Sue Bowers

Sue Bowers is Director of the Pilgrim Trust. Sue joined the Pilgrim Trust in 2020 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund where she was most recently Director of Investment and Head of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. She has worked in the heritage and grant-giving sectors throughout her career, starting at the Museums and Galleries Commission, then working in local government before joining the Heritage Lottery Fund in 1994, just before it opened its doors to its first application. She has a MA in Museum and Gallery Management, is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and currently sits on the Grants Panel of the Football Foundation

Dame Lynne Brindley Hon FBA

Attending on behalf of the Wolfson Foundation

Lynne has spent most of her career in higher education and in the cultural sector. She was most recently Master of Pembroke College, University of Oxford, and was previously the CEO of the British Library. She has served on various boards, notably Ofcom (the UK comms and media regulator), City University of London Council, the AHRC, and presently the Wolfson Foundation’s heritage, humanities and arts committee. She is the Prime Warden (Chair of Board) of the Goldsmiths’ Livery Company, one of the Great XII companies in the City of London, and an honorary Fellow of Pembroke College.

Frankie Chappell

Frankie is currently the Digitisation Project Coordinator for the Science in the Making project at The Royal Society’s library and archive. She is also studying for a Master’s in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation at the London School of Economics. Previously, she has worked at the V&A archives, The National Archives and UCL, as well as volunteering on projects such as the Young Historians Project.


Since 2010, Nell has worked as a freelance heritage consultant and has extensive experience of the sector and also of fundraising and grant giving. She runs both the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT) and Friends of the National Libraries (FNL), working closely with archives and libraries across the UK. FNL gives grants for acquisitions by archives, libraries and specialist collecting institutions and NMCT gives grants for conservation projects. Prior to her freelance work, Nell was Director of the Textile Conservation Centre for over 15 years and before that was Assistant Director of the Area Museums Service for South East England. For many years she has worked with the National Lottery Heritage Fund as an expert advisor, expert panel member and project monitor.

Helena Smart

Helena is Team Leader at Liverpool Central Library and Archive, a busy local authority record office. With 20 years’ experience in the sector, Helena has wide ranging knowledge of both audiences and collections. Over the past few years, she has increasingly focused on partnership working to ensure representation of communities within the city. The success of this partnership working is evidenced in new collections deposited at the archive, exhibitions curated by community members and successful funding bids to secure the long-term preservation and accessibility of collections. It is this experience, coupled with her knowledge of changing research interests by archive users towards more contemporary collections, which Helena brings to the Archives Revealed panel.

Clare Watson

Clare is the Director of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), the regional public film archive for the East and West Midlands. She is Associate Professor at the University of Lincoln where MACE is based. Clare is also Chair of Film Archives UK, the national network for public access film archives. Previous roles include managing London’s Screen Archives and Lecturer in Film and Television Archiving at the University of East Anglia where Clare led an MA. Clare holds an MA in Film & Television Archiving and a PhD in Film Studies. She also sits on various film cultural committees and regional archive networks.

Dr Jim Cheshire

Jim Cheshire is Reader in Cultural History at the University of Lincoln. He works on nineteenth-century visual and material culture. His latest monograph, ‘Tennyson and Mid-Victorian Publishing: Moxon, Poetry, Commerce’, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 and was based on the archival holdings of the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln. His current projects include a study of portraiture and photography in the Victorian period, an overview of nineteenth-century interior design in public buildings and an essay on the stained glass of William Morris.

Vanessa Cardui

Vanessa Cardui (pronoun-indifferent) is a non-traditional archivist and activist. They work freelance, mainly with marginalised communities, to rethink and reclaim archiving and to explore heritage. They are interested in questions of absence/presence, power, and voice in archival space – whose stories are archived, by whom, and what do the absences and silences tell us? Based in Yorkshire, they work all over the UK.

Fahema Begum

Fahema is a professionally qualified Archivist and Records Manager, with over five years of postgraduate experience. Currently working in a national museum archive, Fahema has previously gained experience working in various archive settings including business archives, specialist repositories, and a local authority archive. Prior to completing her Masters in Archives and Records Management at UCL, she studied History at undergraduate level.

Philippa Smith

Philippa has 40 years’ experience in the archives sector and currently works as Head of Collections at London Metropolitan Archives, having formerly held roles at a number of archive services including Hampshire Record Office and Guildhall Library. She has previously served as Secretary of the Society of Archivist’s Legislation Panel and the Society’s representative on the Advisory Council on the Export of Works of Art. Philippa was also a member of the Business Archives Council’s Advisory Service and Executive Committees and more recently she completed two three-year terms as an Archive Service Accreditation committee member. Philippa is currently a member of the CIPFA archives statistics working party and is an assessor for the Archives and Records Association registration scheme.

Jonathan Cates

Jonathan has significant experience in archives, libraries, and information management, with a particular interest in the ways in which digital content, catalogues, and services can support learning, research, and teaching. Jonathan worked at The National Archives for more than 7 years on a range of projects across the cataloguing and Archives Sector Development teams. Jonathan played a key role in the transfer of data from a range of legacy digital services to the new Discovery service. Jonathan’s next role was at Jisc, where he led the development of the Historical Texts and Journal Archives services. These platforms provided searchable, digitised copies of rare books and journals for use in higher education. Jonathan took this experience to his next role at the University of Kent where he led a curation and discovery team that worked across the library, archive, and special collections. In this role he led a major review of discovery services and produced a new discovery strategy which aimed to simplify the user experience. Jonathan now works at Oxford University Press, where he is working to improve the management of intellectual property across the business. Jonathan is a passionate believer in the role cataloguing plays in making diverse collections more accessible and the opportunity to join the Archives Revealed assessment panel was too good to miss.

Sue Breakell

Sue Breakell is Archive Leader and Principal Research Fellow at the University of Brighton Design Archives, which focuses on designers and global design organisations in the twentieth century. She co-leads the Museums, Archives, Exhibitions strand of the University of Brighton’s Centre for Design History. Specialising in visual art archives, Sue formerly worked in national museums in London, including as head of Tate Archive and as War Artists Archivist and Museum Archivist at the Imperial War Museums. She was also the first professional Company Archivist at Marks and Spencer.