The project is led by Georgina Brewis at UCL, supported by co-investigators and a Stakeholder Advisory Board.

Dr Georgina Brewis is the project Director. Georgina is Associate Professor of History of Education at UCL Institute of Education. Georgina is a historian of charity, humanitarianism and education, her latest book is open access Humanitarianism in the Modern World: The Moral Economy of Famine Relief (CUP, 2020). She is involved in research on the history of voluntary action, including the ESRC-funded project Discourses of Voluntary Action project. Georgina co-founded the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives in 2012 and has advised a number of voluntary organisations on archive issues, overseeing the deposit of the Volunteering England archive at LSE and the NCVYS archive at UCL. She is a member of the Records at Risk steering group and on the advisory board of related archives projects including MIRRA

Paul Beard is an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral partnership student between UCL and The National Archives. HIs project working title is ‘Charity and voluntary sector archives at risk: Conceptualising and contextualising a neglected archives sector’. His academic interests include models of recordkeeping practice and professionalism in the sector. Paul has 10 years’ experience working and volunteering in museums, archives and the heritage sector.

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Dr Charlotte Clements is a Co-Investigator. Charlotte is Lecturer in History at London South Bank University. She specialises in modern and contemporary British history with a focus on youth, welfare and charity in Britain since 1945. Charlotte teaches sources and methods, twentieth century British History and guest lectures on youth crime, youth culture and delinquency. She also oversees the work placement module and employability and volunteering activity in the Division of Social Sciences.

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Professor Irene Hardill is a Co-Investigator. Irene is Professor of Public Policy at Northumbria University. She has a particular expertise in volunteering and the voluntary and community sector, demography and ageing, and knowledge exchange. Over the years her research has explored the changing world of work through the many meanings of work, paid and unpaid in the home and in the community. She led the ESRC-funded project Discourses of Voluntary Action and is Principal Investigator of a new ESRC-funded project working across the four nations of the UK in 2021: ‘COVID-19 Mobilising Voluntary Action’.

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Dr Justin Davis Smith is the Chair of the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Board. Justin is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City, University of London. He was previously Chief Executive of Volunteering England, Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research and Executive Director of Volunteering at NCVO. He has over 20 years researching and leading in the volunteering movement and has advised the UK Government and the United Nations on the development of volunteering policy. He is the author of NCVO’s centenary history 100 Years of NCVO and Voluntary Action: Idealists and Realists.

Stakeholder Advisory Board

Current Membership is as follows:

  • Sadiya Ahmed, Everyday Muslim Project/Records at Risk
  • Beth Astridge, Project Archivist, UK Philanthropy Archive, University of Kent
  • Rob Baker, Archivist, Blind Veterans UK
  • Professor Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Mark Eccleston, Archivist and Project Manager, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Jessica Field, Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London
  • Veronique Jochum, Head of Research, NCVO
  • Dr Sarah Mills, Loughborough University
  • Ruth Imeson, Heritage Services Manager & Inspire Data Protection Officer, Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, Nottinghamshire Archives
  • Kathryn Preston, Sector Development Manager for the North West and Charities, TNA
  • Professor Chris Taylor, WISERD Civil Society, Cardiff University
  • Professor Pat Thane, FBA, King’s College London