Truth, justice, accountability are fundamental to human rights but in many parts of the world, are in short supply.  It has always been in the interests of authoritarian regimes to distort truth, pervert justice and avoid accountability. Worryingly, it is becoming more mainstream in western societies for governments and big corporations to play fast and loose with ‘evidence’ and data, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between truth and lies.  ‘Alternative facts’, fake news, deep fake technology, and the rise of the alt-right scandal make us question evidence.  What should we believe?  Who can we trust?

The role, therefore, of archivists and records managers in particular, in safeguarding authenticity and safekeeping personal and corporate information is more important than ever.  Democracy is underpinned by the management and storage of evidence based on principles of best practice not political advantage or priorities.  Effective records management is not just fundamental to a healthy society; it ensures that organisations, in both the public and private sector, are efficient and effective.  By processing data, physical and digital, ensuring legislative compliance, preserving corporate memory, enabling access to information and helping organisations to meet administrative, financial and legal requirements, records managers support strategic objectives and business outcomes.  What would the world look like without records managers?

Who is this event aimed at?

Everyone with an interest in truth, justice, accountability, authenticity, good governance and business efficiency.


Legal compliance
Business growth
Data protection
Justice and accountability
The power of data


9:30-10:00 Registration (Tea/coffee)
10:00-10:10 WelcomeBruce Jackson, SCA Chair
10:10-10:25 Public Records Scotland Act – Why it MattersDr Hugh Hagan, Head of Public Records Act Implementation, National Records of Scotland
Morning Session: For the Record
10:25-10:55 Why We Became Records ManagersRyan Kerr, Head of Information Governance, and Claire Boyle, Records Manager, Historic Environment Scotland
10:55-11:15 Records Management and ComplianceLisa Simpson, Head of Legal & Governance Services, Perth & Kinross Council
11:15-11:35 Importance of Records Management to Business EfficiencyMaria Lim, Information Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and IRMS Scotland Chair
11:35-11:55 Coffee Break
11:55-12:15 Records Management: Why it is Essential to Data Protection ComplianceLaura Irvine, Partner, Davidson Chalmers
12:15-12:45 Why does Records Management Matter?  Impact/Risk/Benefits Workshop
12:45-13:15 Persuading Others – Obstacles/Challenges/Opportunities Workshop
13:15-14:00 Lunch
Afternoon Session: Justice and Accountability
14:00-14:20 The Importance of Records to Transparency and Improvement in Scottish Public ServicesRosemary Agnew, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
14:20-14:40 Scottish Child Abuse InquiryJill Lavelle and Andrew Morris, Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry
14:40-15:00 A Personal Story: The Impact of Records Management on the IndividualHeather Jack, Information and Records Management Consultant
15:00-15:15 Comfort Break
Looking Ahead
15:15-15:45 Harnessing the Power of Data
15:45-16:00 SummaryJohn Pelan, Director, Scottish Council on Archives
16:00 Close

Booking and Cost

£25/£30 (SCA Members/Non-Members) – to register click here.

Where and When

Venue: Bonar Hall, University of Dundee, DD1 1PB

Date and Time: 24th March, 10am-4pm

Please not this is not a SURF event, please contact the organisers directly with any queries.

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