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 also 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).