ARA New Professional of the Year Award 2018

The Section for New Professionals are pleased to announce the results of the second New Professional of the Year Award! This award is intended to recognise new professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession in the past 12 months. This includes a direct and positive influence on the workplace or a contribution to the record keeping sector as a whole.

The quality of the nominations was extremely high, so we would like to celebrate all the nominees, as well as this year’s winner.

Section for New Professionals

Winner of the New Professional of the Year Award 2018 – Zoe Fullard, Cataloguing Archivist, Transport for London

Zoe has shown leadership and initiative in her work with Preservica at the Transport for London Corporate Archive as well as taking on a voluntary role with ARA, managing the ARA Conference Twitter feed. Zoe’s work has an impact far beyond her own organisation and she has shown dedication to professional development both in her own career and in her support of other new professionals. Congratulations Zoe!

Runners up:

Julie Devenny, School Archivist, Hutchesons’ Grammar School and Social Media Officer, ARA Scotland and Archive Hour

Julie had made a huge impact on the archive sector through her creative use of social media, increasing ARA Scotland‘s online following and creating the Archive Hour and Archive Hashtag accounts, which have gained an international following. Julie has conducted this work voluntarily alongside her role as School Archivist, demonstrating great commitment to the sector.

Archive Hour

The Archive Hour Twitter page.

Grace Biggins, Library & Digital Archives Manager, Bishopsgate Institute

In her development of the UK Leather Archive, a collection documenting gay and bi leather, rubber and fetish communities in Britain, Grace built up valuable trust with depositors. The collection captures the heritage of an under-represented community, which may have been lost without her excellent work.

Sarah Wood, Archivist, University of Leicester

Sarah has proved herself to be a vital member of the University of Leicester Special Collections team, taking on additional responsibilities during a particularly busy period and contributing to advocacy and engagement through running educational sessions with students and speaking to BBC Radio Leicester and the Leicester Mercury newspaper. She also played a key role in the University’s successful Archive Accreditation submission. Sarah’s dedication has seen her achieve an impressive amount over a short period of time.


Verity Minniti, Archive Assistant, Hull University Archives at Hull History Centre

Verity played an enthusiastic and central role in the Hull Woolly Zoo project, commemorating Hull Zoological Gardens, which existed from 1840-61. The project was instrumental in developing Hull History Centre‘s audience and boosting public engagement, with Verity overseeing social media, engaging with families and children, curating an exhibition and taking on a vital role in advocating for the project and the History Centre.

Ashleigh Hawkins, Archivist, Canterbury Cathedral

Ashleigh has led on a valuable project, developing a database recording how often items are consulted by researchers and for what purpose and which items require conservation, identifying trends and issues to inform the Cathedral’s strategic planning for their archives. This will be a great tool for the archive going forward.

Alexandra McConnell, Community Cataloguing Archivist, Gloucestershire Archives

Alexandra has taken the lead with social media activity at Gloucestershire Archives and demonstrated a passion for sharing archives with the wider community through a variety of outreach and engagement activities. She has completed work on the Dowty Heritage project and also volunteered her time as Secretary for the South West regional committee of ARA.


Images from the Dowty archive. Image source:

Aoife Morrisey, Assistant Digital Records Manager, LITe Project, Limerick City and County Council

Aoife has demonstrated great digital records management skill as well as an ability to engage with internal audiences on the LITe programme, implementing a new EDRMS at Limerick City and County Council. Her training and advocacy for the new system has contributed to a cultural change in her workplace.

It is truly inspirational to hear about the brilliant contributions of new professionals to the sector. Congratulations to all the nominees! We look forward to seeing what you achieve in the future.

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