Dr Akotia spent several years working at the National Archives of Ghana, where he gained extensive practical experience, before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Records Management at the University of Ghana, Legon; he has been teaching for over 20 years. He has researched and published widely on records and information management, giving particular emphasis to financial records management. His expertise has contributed to professional development across Africa through his contribution to a range of regional programmes in eastern, southern and western Africa. He has, for instance, made significant inputs to programmes offered by the East and Southern African Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives. He has worked extensively with the IRMT on a wide range of projects since its establishment in 1989, supporting records management improvement programmes in countries including Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria; contributing to seminars and workshops; making key contributions to the development of educational material; and contributing to research projects.
Collin Crooks has been involved in managing government records and information in major UK central government departments for two decades. He has become an authority of the practical implementation of Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Protection legislation. He also has had a long standing interest in education and training, and he helped to develop the concept of Northumbria University’s Information Rights qualification. He has been involved in numerous training and records management improvement projects across Africa and has worked with the IRMT extensively since its creation in 1989, including assignments in The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Malaysia and Ethiopia. In Tanzania, he initiated, developed and implemented the first vocational training scheme for public sector records managers, supervisors and staff. He was awarded an MBE in the UK 2009 New Year’s Honours List for his work implementing FOI legislation and supporting developing countries in introducing records management improvements.
Michael Hoyle gained sound practical experience of records and information management work in various information management capacities in government agencies in Australia and New Zealand, including ten years at the National Archives of Australia and six years at Archives New Zealand. Prior to moving to the USA in 2005, he was the Group Manager of the Government Record Keeping at Archives New Zealand. He also has had a wide range of international experience, including extensive regional experience in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He served as Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers and as Secretary General and then as President of the Pacific Branch of the International Council on Archives. Since 2002, he has been involved in a range of IRMT projects, including facilitating professional stakeholder meetings, contributing to records management improvement consultancy projects and playing a lead role in the delivery of research programmes in Africa and Asia, which have focused on the integrity of records systems as a foundation for good governance.
Mr Kawa has played a key role in supporting the development of records management in Sierra Leone over a period of 20 years. He has served as Head of the National Archives of Sierra Leone and as a Lecturer in Records and Information Management at the University of Sierra Leone. His survey of records management practices in Sierra Leone provided the basis for the design of an MA course in Library and Information Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. With his students, he developed a range of projects in Freetown to find means of restoring order to record keeping systems that had collapsed since the country’s independence. He also made substancial contributions to the development and implementation of records management systems in The Gambia. He went on to play a pivotal role in the development of Sierra Leone’s groundbreaking Records Management Improvement Programme, helping to plan and deliver a series of highly successful projects aimed at restructuring Sierra Leone’s records system and linking it to public sector reform. Notably, he has helped to develop and implement an evidence-based payroll verification methodology that uses verifiable data as a basis for sustainable improvement and maintenance in payroll integrity.
Dr Lemieux is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), University of British Columbia. A records and risk management specialist, she has 20 years of practical experience in a variety of sectors and countries. Having spent several years developing new approaches to managing the records of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, she developed and has maintained a long-term commitment to strengthening records management internationally. For instance, she played a key role in developing ARMA International’s network of chapters. Prior to joining the staff of the University of British Columbia, she worked in London for a global investment bank as a records and technology risk manager for a decade, and records risk management for financial institutions continues to be her particular focus area. She is the Director and founder of The Centre of Investigation for Financial Electronic Records (CiFER), an international team of investigators and investigative partners drawn from the University of British Columbia and other universities, think tanks, financial institutions and financial sector solution providers. Dr Lemieux has worked with the IRMT on numerous projects worldwide since 1994, particularly in the areas of research and education, making significant contributions to its work in Africa and the Caribbean.
Working in the National Archives of Canada between 1975 and 2000, John McDonald was one of the first records professionals in the world to explore the challenges of managing and preserving digital information; ultimately he became a world authority in this area. After leaving the National Archives, he continued to play a leading role in facilitating the management of records and information, particularly in electronic format, across the Canadian public sector and internationally. He has authored or contributed to government-wide guides and standards on the management of government information and published numerous articles in leading information management journals. Drawing on his knowledge and experience of the long term preservation of the authenticity of electronic records and his experience of chairing a wide range of working groups and committees, nationally and internationally, he has developed the ability to communicate complex concepts, strategies and procedures to a wide range of audiences. He has played an ongoing role in helping to design, develop and deliver numerous training and education programmes in Canada and internationally. He is a past-President and Fellow of the Society of Canadian Office Automation Professionals, past Chair of the Committee on Electronic Records of the International Council on Archives and founder and past Chair of the Canadian Federal Government’s Information Management Forum. He has made continuous and signficiant contributions to IRMT projects since the mid 1990’s, notably through the design and development of educational materials and indicators, as well as through the delivery of records management improvement projects in Tanzania and Malaysia and in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
A senior records and information management expert with thirty years experience, Peter Mazikana has undertaken numerous local, regional and international projects in the areas of records and information management and public sector reform. Key assignments involved developing and installing records and information management systems in all the district and municipal councils in Uganda and developing a records and information management manual for municipalities in Zimbabwe. He has undertaken various assignments for UNESCO, the International Council on Archives (ICA), including conducting a survey of the archival situation in Africa and undertaking a study of records management for decision makers. A former Deputy Director of the National archives of Zimbabwe, he has held many international and national positions, including Secretary of the ICA Committee on Audio-Visual Archives, Secretary General of the East and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (ESARBICA) and President of the International Records Management Council (IRMC); he founded the Records, Archives and Information Management Association of Zimbabwe and the Association of Zimbabwe Consultants. He has worked with the IRMT since the mid 1990s to deliver records management projects in Africa, for instance in Tanzania where he developed and implemented retention schedules across the Government, and in the Caribbean. He has participated in IRMT seminar programmes and supported research and development projects.
Laura Millar has worked as a consultant for over 25 years, focusing on three distinct but inter-related areas of expertise: education and training; records, archives, and information management; and editing, writing, and publishing. She received her Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1984 and her PhD in Archive Studies from University College London in 1996. She has taught for many years in the fields of records/archives management and editing, and she is the author of over four dozen publications and presentations on various topics related to records, archives, editing and education. Laura was the Managing Editor responsible for the development of a series of modules and associated training resources produced as part of the IRMT’s Management of Public Sector Records training project in 1999, and she was General Editor and contributing author for the IRMT’s Training in Electronic Records Management program, completed in 2009. She has consulted with governments in such diverse countries as Canada, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ghana and with universities, colleges and other educational institutions in Canada and internationally. She has also served as a consultant and advisor on records and information issues to churches, non-profit organizations, international associations, and other agencies. Her latest books areThe Story Behind the Book: Preserving Authors’ and Publishers’ Archives, published as part of the JJ Douglas Library by Simon Fraser University’s CCSP Press in 2009, and Archives: Principles and Practices, to be published by Facet Publishing in 2010.
Nathan Mnjama is a Professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana with specialization in Archives and Records Management. He has worked as an archivist and records manager at the Kenya National Archives and was responsible for the location and copying of Kenyan archives from the UK between 1980 and 1985. He has considerable experience in teaching and delivery of archives and records management programmes having lectured at the School of Information Sciences, Moi University Kenya, and since 1996 at the Department of Library and Information Studies University of Botswana where he has been instrumental in the design of archives and records management programmes. Professor Mnjama is a well known speaker and presenter in archives and records management forums in East and Southern Africa, and he has written extensively in the field of archives and records management in Africa. Professor Mnjama has been a key participant in many programmes and activities undertaken by the International Records Management Trust.
Kelvin Smith has an extensive background in all areas of records management, ranging from appraising and archiving to developing records and information manage policy, standards and practices; freedom of information; managing the effects of privatisation on government records; and managing electronic records. Prior to retiring from forty years of service with the UK National Archives in 2007 and becoming a consultant, he served as Policy Manager in the Records Management Department, with responsibility for developing standards and guidance for records management across government. He drafted the Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the Management of Records under FOI (2002), along with model action plans for compliance; he also was responsible for producing Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide to Implementing the Act, Public Sector Records Management and Planning and Implementing Electronic Records Management. At the international level, he was Honorary Secretary of the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers for eight years, interacting regularly with records professionals across the Commonwealth. He has worked extensively on IRMT projects across the world, including the Caribbean and Asia, since 1988, making substantial contributions to Trust projects, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and South Africa.
Dr Wamukoya has been a leading figure in records and archives management in Africa, particularly eastern and southern Africa, for over two decades. As a senior member of staff of the National Archives Kenya and then as Head of the Department of Archives and Records Management in the Faculty of Information Sciences at Moi University (Kenya), he gained wide experience of records management issues. He was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana for five years, returning to Moi University in 2007 to play a significant regional role as a prominent educator. He has researched and published widely on issues relating to records and information management, and he has played an active part in the development of the East and Southern African Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives. He has been closely involved in numerous IRMT projects from its creation in 1989, including supporting records management improvement programmes in Tanzania and the East African Community, assisting in developing educational materials, supporting the development of the Records Management Capacity Assessment System (RMCAS) software tool, and contributing to research initiatives.