Non-Executive Board Member recruitment

The National ArchivesThank you for your interest in the Non-executive Board Member role at The National Archives.

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The National Archives is many things to many different audiences.

For government we are the custodian of the public record and trusted experts in managing, preserving and using information. For the public we provide free access to more than 1,000 years of the nation’s history, and connect people with the millions of stories contained in our collection. For the archives sector we give leadership and support, helping archives to build the skills and capacity needed to sustain the nation’s archival heritage. For the academic community and others engaged in scholarly research, we offer opportunities for collaboration and partnership across a broad range of disciplines.

Archives Inspire, our strategic plan, sets out how we are thinking and organising ourselves differently to meet the needs of each of our major audiences, and to tackle our biggest strategic challenge – digital. We know that the funding climate will continue to be tough, but we also know that nothing is gained or achieved without ambition.

We set ourselves five strategic goals. We will

  1. provide expert advice and scrutiny to government, making sure that the record survives and thrives
  2. inspire the public with new ways of using and experiencing our collection
  3. be an effective leader and partner for the archive sector, to sustain and develop the nation’s collection
  4. advance knowledge through exemplary academic liaison and outstanding interdisciplinary research
  5. become a digital archive by design

Archives Inspire is seeing us transform: as a partner across government and beyond; as a leader in cutting-edge research and as a place to visit and be inspired. To complete this transformation, we will need the advice, support and challenge of strong and capable Non-executive Board Members. Your outstanding personal and professional experience will inform the Board’s strategic thinking. Your independent insight and unique perspective will challenge and support the Board’s progress and effectiveness. Your willingness to adapt and work closely with others will enable us to shape and drive forward our vision.

There has never been a more exciting time to be part of The National Archives. If you have the experience, knowledge and skills to help us achieve our ambitions then we would be delighted to hear from you.


Jeff James
Chief Executive and Keeper
Lesley Cowley
Lead Non-executive Board Member