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Dept for Culture, Media & Sport: Advisory Council on National Records and Archives seeks 8 Board Members

Dept for Culture, Media & Sport: Advisory Council on National Records and Archives seeks 8 Board Members

Closing Date
17 April 2019
Kew (occasionally central London)
Time Commitment
4 meetings a year + training days + FoI Panel participation

The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (the “Advisory Council”) is an advisory non-departmental public body (“NDPB”), which provides independent advice to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on matters relating to records and archives in the United Kingdom and, in particular, England and Wales.  It has several roles, which include the following:

  • it advises the Secretary of State on issues relating to public records which are over 20 years old (historical public records), including public access to them, at the point of transfer to The National Archives (“TNA”)
  • it advises the Secretary of State on requests from Government departments to retain historical public records under the Public Records Act 1958
  • it acts for the Secretary of State in deciding on requests from departments for historical public records to remain closed under certain Freedom of Information Act 2000 exemptions and challenges departments to provide evidence to justify such requests; and
  • it advises the Chief Executive and Keeper of TNA on matters relating to his duties as Historical Manuscripts Commissioner under the Royal Warrant through the Council’s sub-committee, the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research.


The Advisory Council also supports government departments and TNA by providing independent advice and scrutiny on issues relating to records management and archives.  This includes:

  • advising the Secretary of State on major objectives, programmes and policy changes for TNA;
  • proposed legislation affecting TNA;
  • the implications for records and public services of any proposed change to the status of TNA; and
  • any subjects brought to its attention by the Secretary of State.


Person Specification

Essential skills and experience

  • Ability to weigh up the balance of arguments objectively and independently;
  • Ability to engage in and facilitate strategic thinking;
  • Ability to collaborate, negotiate and influence at a senior level;
  • Ability to comply with confidentiality restrictions and to work with information of a sensitive nature;
  • Ability to scrutinise and influence policy; and
  • Ability to demonstrate energy and persistence.


Desirable criteria

Specialist knowledge in one or more of the following areas would be beneficial:

  • Archives policy and information management: as practised in libraries, archives and records offices or developed as a discipline in the information management and information rights communities.
  • Users of archives:for example, for purposes of academic or independent historical research, journalism and productions in other media.
  • Public policy and government: such as experience of offering advice and undertaking scrutiny in the context of the national political and administrative framework of government.


Additional Information

The Advisory Council typically has up to eighteen members, who are appointed by the Secretary of State, by public appointment. They come from a wide range of fields, including users of historical records such as historians and journalists, retired senior public, civil and diplomatic servants and professionals with relevant information expertise, including (but not limited to) archivists, compliance practitioners, digital curators, lawyers and records managers. We are seeking to appoint up to eight new members in this appointments exercise.


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