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Perth & Kinross Council Archives

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall running of the Council. Informed by the Charitable Purposes (as stated in our Constitution available here) and strategic goals, the Board oversees projects, considers proposals for new initiatives, drafts the annual budget and represents the organisation on external committees and at a range of events. Please visit the Get Involved section to find out how to become a Trustee.

Chair

      IRENE O'BRIEN (DR)

      Chair

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As Chair of the Scottish Council on Archives, Dr Irene O’Brien leads the Board of Trustees as they direct the organisation’s overall strategic objectives and corporate governance. Irene represents the Council on a number of Scottish and UK-wide organisations, including the Archives Libraries and Museums Alliance (ALMA) UK & Ireland and VisitScotland’s Ancestral Tourism Steering Group. She is a Director of the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) Ltd.

Irene participates in the Council’s Education and Preservation Committees, is a member of the Skills for the Future Steering Group, sits on the Scotland Online Project Board, and maintains an active role in various projects and initiatives. The Chair also liaises with the Council’s main funders – The Scottish Government – via their appointed monitoring body, the National Records of Scotland.

Dr O’Brien is also the City Archivist with responsibility for managing the archives and records of Glasgow City Council. She has worked in Glasgow City Archives (formerly Strathclyde Regional Archives) since 1982. Irene was formerly the Chair of the Society of Archivists, Scotland, and the Archivists of Scotland Local Authority Working Group, and also served on the UK Council of the Society of Archivists.

Vice-Chair

      ELIZABETH ROADS

      Trustee

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Elizabeth Roads has been Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records in the Court of the Lord Lyon since 1986 having worked in the office since 1975. As Lyon Clerk Elizabeth is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of the heraldic records of Scotland including the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, the armorial manuscript and genealogical collections and the Lyon Office library and records collection. 

Elizabeth is Chairman of the Scottish Records Association and has served as Honorary Treasurer of the Scottish Record Society. She is President of the Old Edinburgh Club and was involved in the establishment of ScotlandsPeople. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

She is interested in making the use of archives more readily understood by the general public with historical, genealogical and heraldic interests.

Trustees



      PHIL ASTLEY

      Trustee

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Phil Astley has been City Archivist for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives since 2008. With over twenty years’ experience in the archive and records management sector, he has worked in smaller repositories, such as the Orkney Archive and the North Highland Archive as well as larger organisations including the University of Aberdeen where he was records manager between 2004 and 2008.

Phil has a particular interest in the part that archives can play in developing ancestral tourism in Scotland as well as their use across the educational spectrum. He is currently the tutor for the University of Dundee’s Centre for Archive and Information Studies ‘Skills and Sources for Local and Family History in Scotland’ module.

 

      CAROLINE BROWN

      Trustee

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Caroline Brown is Head of Archive Services at the University of Dundee where she is responsible for the day-to-day management and promotion of the University’s archive collections. Caroline is also Programme Leader for the Centre for Archive and Information Studies Archive and Family History academic programmes.

Prior to working in Dundee she was with the Business Archives Council, the Rhodes Trust, the University of Edinburgh and the National Records of Scotland. Caroline has served on a number of national and international professional bodies including the Scottish Records Association, the Archives and Records Association and committees of the International Council on Archives.  Her current research interests include archives and memory and identity and the interplay between archival theory and practice, having published in these areas.

 

      RACHEL HART

      Trustee and Honorary Treasurer

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Rachel Hart is Honorary Treasurer and a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives and a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) Ltd. She is the Council’s representative on the Archive Service Accreditation Committee.

Rachel is an archivist and palaeographer with 30 years of experience in the archive sector, particularly in university archives in Scotland. She has been Muniments Archivist at the University of St Andrews since 2004 and Deputy Head of the Special Collections of the library there since 2007. Rachel had previously worked on the GASHE, Archives Hub and Balcaskie projects at St Andrews and as an archivist in the University of Aberdeen up to 1995. She has previous employment in the local government archive sector in England and as a freelance archivist. She is active as a teacher both within the University of St Andrews and for CAIS at the University of Dundee where she tutors the Scots Palaeography module. She is a member of the institutes of Medieval Studies and of Scottish Historical Research at St Andrews and has been an associate editor for the Scottish History Society.

 

      CLAIRE JOHNSON

      Trustee

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Claire Johnson has over 20 years practical experience of information governance, archives and records management activities. She has an ongoing commitment to professional advocacy. In addition to being a practitioner she is also an educator (teaching at the universities of Glasgow and Dundee) as well as a mentor for new practitioners.

She has worked with information management in several highly regulated industries as well as public sector bodies in the UK and EU. Claire is a Fellow of the Information and Records Management Society (FIRMS), and Chair of their Scotland Group. She is also an accredited archivist (RMARA) and a chartered librarian (ALA).

 

      WILLIAM KILBRIDE

      Trustee

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William Kilbride is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a not-for-profit membership organization providing advocacy, workforce development, capacity and partnership in digital preservation.  William started his career in archaeology in the 1990s when the discipline’s enthusiasm for new technology outstripped its capacity to manage the resulting data.  He joined the DPC from Glasgow Museums where he was Research Manager and before that was Assistant Director of the Archaeology Data Service in the University of York.  He was previously a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow where he retains an honorary position.

William supports the Council with advice on the emerging challenges of digital preservation and cognate issues.

 

      LINDA RAMSAY

      Trustee and Convener, Preservation Committee

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In addition to her role as a member of the Board of Trustees, Linda Ramsay is also the Convener of the Council’s Preservation Committee. Linda further supports Council activities by providing expert advice on - and facilitation of - exhibitions, display, and brand identity and materials.

Linda is the Head of Conservation at the National Records of Scotland with responsibility for conservation and preservation of the national collections. She has worked in the National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland) since 1991. Linda was formerly the Chair of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) Scotland and is currently an observer member. She is a registered and accredited conservator, an instructor on the Archives & Records Association (ARA) UK & Ireland scheme, and an assessor for the Professional Practice Assessment for Conservation Professionals (PACR) scheme.

 

 

     VICTORIA STOBO     

     Trustee

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Victoria Stobo has worked in a variety of archives, libraries and museums over the last six years, and qualified as an archivist in 2012, taking an MSc in Information Management and Preservation at HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute), University of Glasgow.

Victoria joined CREATe (the RCUK Centre for Copyright in the Creative Economy), University of Glasgow, as a Research Assistant working on the Copyright & Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library project, before starting the linked PhD study, Archives, Digitisation and Copyright, in September 2013.

Victoria is a Copyright Policy Adviser, representing the SCA on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and runs free training for the Scottish archive sector. She also teaches copyright and related information law in both HATII at University of Glasgow and CAIS (the Centre for Archive and Information Studies) at University of Dundee. Find out more about Victoria's work int his area for the SCA here.