Jeff James returns to TNA as new Chief Executive

Catherine Lee, Director General of Law and Access to Justice in the Ministry of Justice, has today announced that Jeff James has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives. The appointment is the result of an open, external recruitment process, managed by the Ministry of Justice and overseen by the Civil Service Commission.

Jeff has considerable senior management experience in the public, private and charity sectors at Board level. He is currently the Deputy Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute for Housing, where he is responsible for leading on strategy development, operational excellence, business performance and change management. Prior to this Jeff was Director of Operations and Services at The National Archives for nearly six years. In this time he was responsible for leading the development and delivery of public services; overseeing The National Archives' estates and assets; managing customer relations and maintaining service excellence.

On accepting the role, Jeff James said: 'I already have first hand knowledge of what a fantastic organisation The National Archives is, and I'm very much looking forward to taking up the role of Chief Executive and Keeper in July. It's a great privilege to accept this position and I am joining at a time when there are both challenges and opportunities ahead, but I know that with such a resilient and innovative organisation and dedicated staff this is also a very exciting time to take the helm at The National Archives.'

Jeff will take up post on 29 July. In the interim Clem Brohier, Director of Finance and Corporate Services at The National Archives, will continue as Acting Chief Executive. Catherine has extended her thanks to Clem for the energy, skill and commitment Clem has shown in the role over the transitional period.

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