New member joins The National Archives’ board



We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sonia Cargan as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ Board.

Sonia takes up her post this January following a competitive recruitment campaign. Currently Chief Colleague Inclusion and Diversity Officer for American Express, she is responsible for leading American Express’ global strategy for inclusion and diversity and has previously led the company’s human resources functions across Europe and Asia.

She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) and was named one of Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity in 2019.

Lesley Cowley, Chair of The National Archives’ Board, said of the appointment: ‘In advertising for this role, we sought an exceptional candidate who can bring the strategic support, challenge and scrutiny appropriate for a publicly-funded body and who also brings particular experience in equality and diversity.

‘We are delighted to have identified a candidate in Sonia who combines these strengths and I look forward to welcoming her as a member of the Board.’

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, also welcomed Sonia, saying: ‘Sonia joins our Board at a key moment, bringing an impressive record of achievement and international leadership in organisational development and diversity.

‘She joins a strong and dedicated leadership team, committed to navigating through the present period of operational challenge to deliver our strategic vision, Archives for Everyone.

‘Central to that strategy is our commitment to becoming an inclusive archive and I’ve no doubt that her experience will prove invaluable in guiding our progress towards this goal.’

Sonia Cargan said of her appointment: ‘I’m excited to join The National Archives’ Board at this important time. I’ve been impressed by the organisation’s ambition and its board level commitment to diversity and inclusion as absolutely central to achieving its goal to become an archive for the 21st century.’

We are also pleased to confirm the reappointments to our Board for a further term of Baroness (Ros) Scott of Needham Market and Mark Richards.

Further information on The National Archives’ Board is available here.



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