Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (ACNRA) x 8 Board Members

Body: Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (ACNRA)
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings are held in Kew and (occasionally) Central London
Number of Vacancies: 8
Remuneration: £386 per day.
Time Requirements: Usually four meetings annually, each lasting one day. Occasional training days are also held. Preparation/reading of papers before meetings will be expected. Participate in Freedom of Information panels. These are convened every two weeks. Each panel consists of three members, who serve by rotation. One member acts as panel lead. Responding to key public consultations, strategy and policy.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State has appointed Stephen Hawker, Martin Howard, Professor Phillip Johnson, Dr Leon Litvack, Helene Pantelli, David Rossington, and Martin Uden as Council Members of ACNRA for terms of between two and fours years from 21st October 2019.

Date: 20/01/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    29/04/2019 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews to be held on 19th and 20th June 2019

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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.


Further information about TNA and the Advisory Council can be found at these locations: and


At each of these websites there are links to more detailed information.


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria (NB: make sure you refer to the contents of this document);
  • the Diversity Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity, and
  • the Declaration of Interests Form.


Completed applications should be emailed to: – please put ACNRA in the “subject” line to arrive no later than:  Monday 29 April 2019 at 10am. Please note that applications after this time will not be considered.

Alternatively, if this is not possible, please post a hard copy to Christabel Austen, Public Appointments Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

 For queries in relation to ACNRA, further information on the role or questions regarding the Public Appointments process, please contact either:


Supporting information

Further information about The National Archives and the Advisory Council can be found at these locations:  and


All applicants are expected to be familiar and compliant with the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
Ministerial Message (1)
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL (1)
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants (2)
ACNRA-role-spec-2019 (1)
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