Management of Archive Service Accreditation

UK Archive Service Accreditation Partnership

Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives; and the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales division. The partnership is defined in the memorandum of understanding.

Memorandum of understanding (PDF, 0.24MB)

Memorandwm Cyd-ddealltwriaeth  (PDF, 0.32MB)

Archive Service Accreditation Committee

The Archive Service Accreditation Committee is responsible for reviewing policy and considering matters of quality assurance relating to Archive Service Accreditation. Members of the Committee are also responsible for approving accredited archive services through the Archive Service Accreditation Panels (link).

The Committee meets annually and minutes of the meetings are available here:

April 2018 (PDF, 0.96MB)

May 2017 (PDF, 0.9MB)

May 2016 (PDF, 0.9MB)

May 2015 (PDF, 0.9MB)

November 2014 (PDF, 0.22MB)

May 2014 (PDF, 0.15MB)

November 2013 (PDF, 0.17MB)

Members of the Committee are nominated by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Partnership or are recruited through open competition.  They are current or recently retired archive sector practitioners and service initially for a period of three years.

Archive Service Accreditation committee members

Nominated members

Susan Edwards (Archives and Records Council Wales)

Mary Ellis (The Welsh Government, Musums Archives and Libraries Division)

Rachel Hart (Scottish Council on Archives)

Bruce Jackson – Chair of Archive Service Accreditation (Archives and Records Association)

Valerie Johnson (The National Archives)

Gillian Mapstone (National Records of Scotland)

Stephen Scarth (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

Recruited members

Alison Cullingford (Special Collections Librarian, University of Bradford)

Ruth MacLeod (Data Curator and Archivist, London South Bank University)

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan (Archive Consultant)

Liz Rees (Retired Archivist)

Philippa Smith (Head of Collections, London Metropolitan Archives)

Vicky Stretch (Archivist, Network Rail Archive)

Jeannette Strickland (Archive and Records Consultant)

Archive Service Accreditation Committee members’ biographies

Alison Cullingford is currently in charge of Special Collections at the University of Bradford, including over a hundred collections of modern archives. Alison has been active in the worlds of rare books, special collections and archives for over twenty years. She managed the Research Libraries UK Unique and Distinctive Project, wrote textbook The Special Collections Handbook (2nd edition, Facet, 2016), and is about to embark on a PhD exploring collection development issues

Susan Edwards is currently Glamorgan Archivist, head of a joint service covering a large and populous area of South Wales. She has worked in local authority and university archives in both England and Wales during her career, she led the move into Glamorgan’s new building and she has been involved in several successful Heritage Lottery-funded projects. A former chair of Archives and Records Council Wales (ARCW), she has been a member of  the Advisory Council for the Welsh Government Museums, Archives and Libraries Division since its inception.

Mary Ellis is currently Head of Archives Development at the Welsh Government Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of policy in relation to archive services.  She began her career with the Historical Manuscripts Commission and prior to joining the Welsh Government Museums, Archives and Libraries Division she was the Director of the postgraduate programmes in archive administration and records management at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University.

Rachel Hart has worked in university archives in Scotland since the mid-1980s after beginning her career in the local authority archives in the north of England. She is currently Senior Archivist (Keeper of Manuscripts and Muniments) at the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division where she heads the archive team. She is a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Archive Network. She teaches Palaeography at St Andrews and via distance learning through the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee.

Bruce Jackson is now retired, but undertaking limited consultancy work.  Until 2014 he was County Heritage Manager, Lancashire County Council, and was County Archivist of Lancashire for 17 years having been Chief Archivist in Tyne and Wear previously from 1986 to 1993. He was chair of the Chief Archivists in Local Government Group (previously ACALG) from 2002 to 2012, a lead member of the National Digitisation Consortium development group, and a member of the Self-Assessment Panel (2006-2011) as well as being a council member of the Society of Archivists (SoA) for many years and chairing several committees. He has carried out work on behalf of the International Council of Archives (ICA) in Ghana and the former Yugoslavia.

Valerie Johnson is Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives.  Prior to this role, she was Head of Research at The National Archives and worked as an archivist and historian in the academic, corporate and public sectors.  She is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Business Archives Council, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Ruth MacLeod is an archivist and research data curator at London South Bank University and a board member of Archives for London. She has broad experience of working with the largest and most diverse region of archive services in England and as a former chair of the London region of ARA. Her work includes experience of several relatively small operations (Wandsworth Heritage, Senate House Library), ensuring that the perspective of smaller services is fully represented at the Committee.

Gillian Mapstone is a registered archivist with considerable experience of the archives and records management sector in Scotland. She joined the staff of the National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland) in 1999, where she has worked successively in a number of diverse roles in the Government Records, Collections Development, and Court, Legal and Private Records branches. She took a two-year secondment (2011-2013) to lead the Midlothian Council Records and Archive Service, where she worked closely with other Scottish local authority archivists. She is now Head of Records and Archives Engagement at NRS, where she leads the Public Records Scotland Act Implementation Team, the National Register of Archives for Scotland and directs NRS sectoral engagement activities.

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan has developed a practical based knowledge of good practice in the sector through her work on strategic and technical issues with a cross-section of services, including local authorities, universities, business, charities and the NHS. Her current professional involvement includes acting as Expert Adviser and Mentor to the Heritage Lottery Fund, assessor for the ARA’s Registration Scheme and a member of the UNESCO Memory of the World UK Working Group.

Liz Rees has over 35 years experience of working in the archives sector and was formerly Head of Archives and Collections for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, where a role in a joint service has enabled her to gain a broader experience of collections management. Liz previously acted as both chair and vice chair of the Society of Archivists and was external examiner for Liverpool University Centre for Archival Studies.

Stephen Scarth has wide experience of the work of Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI), where he is currently Head of the Public Services Branch. He has wide experience of the work of PRONI, having served in all its archive branches. His work to promote PRONI from its new premises in Titanic Quarter has brought him into contact with a wide range of heritage, archival and cultural organisations and individuals across Northern Ireland.

Philippa Smith currently works as Head of Collections responsible for the Collections, Graphic and Digital Collections and Conservation teams at London Metropolitan Archives. She has previously held roles at a number of archive services including Hampshire Record Office, Guildhall Library, and the Greater London Record Office. Philippa is also a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) statistics working party and lectures occasionally at the School of Information Studies, University College London.

Vicky Stretch is currently the archivist for Network Rail, having joined the Company in 2008 to establish its corporate archive. She has worked in the archives sector since 1998 and has experience in both archives and records management from a range of different organisations, including the Cheshire Record Office, BP Archive, the National Railway Museum, the Borthwick Institute and North Yorkshire County Council.

Jeannette Strickland has over thirty years experience working as an archivist and records manager in the public, private and third sectors, latterly as Head of Art, Archives & Records Management for Unilever plc. She is now working part-time as an archival consultant whilst studying for a doctorate, but continues to be active in the wider profession, serving on the Archives & Records Association’s Qualifications Accreditation Panel (since 2006), the Advisory Council on National Records & Archives and the Forum on Historical Manuscripts & Academic Research, as well as writing chapters for two recordkeeping textbooks and teaching on the University College Dublin archives and records management programme.