Jeff James appointed International Forum President
Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, Jeff James, has been appointed President of the Forum of National Archivists (FAN), the international forum for national archivists. Jeff will also join the International Council on Archives’ (ICA) Executive Board and its Programme Commission, where he will represent the views of national archivists.
The National Archives is a prestigious national institution with an international reputation for excellence. Jeff has overall responsibility for the future direction and current performance, and provides visible and inspirational strategic leadership to more than 500 staff. Jeff spent six years as Director of Operations of The National Archives, and successfully led the institution’s strategic development and operational delivery.
The National Archives leads the UK archive sector, and provides inspiration, advocacy and support for archive services in England. In March 2017, Jeff oversaw the development and co-creation of an ambitious vision and action plan for the sector Archives Unlocked.
The ICA is a neutral, non-governmental organisation, funded by 1,900 members from 199 countries and territories. Its aims include advocating for good archival management and the physical protection of recorded heritage, producing reputable standards and best practices, and encouraging dialogue, exchange, and transmission of this knowledge and expertise across national borders.
On hearing of his appointment, Jeff said: ‘I believe that this reflects the international reputation that UK archives have through their wealth of collections and soundness of practice. I will dedicate myself to driving forward FAN’s strategic programme of work, and in realising its wider potential, in greater collaboration with the ICA and key peers in other institutions across the globe.’