UKRG Incoming Chair’s Address

As incoming Chair of the UKRG committee I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all and to give you an overview of what the new iteration of the committee will be working on over the coming months.

I am so pleased to be representing the committee over the next two years, which promises to be a period of much excitement and change. The UKRG is such an important resource for us all, and is really growing into a strong lobbying force in the face of the difficulties that may be ahead of us as we move towards life outside of the European Union.

I have worked as a Registrar at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford for nearly thirteen years and before that I worked at National Museums Liverpool, so I have experienced a huge variety of challenges and opportunities over the years. The role of the Registrar is such a crucial one at the centre of so many of the activities undertaken by the institutions that we work for. For me, it is the variety of tasks and ever changing nature of the role that keeps it interesting, stimulating, exciting and at times, frustrating! With the support of the UKRG however, we can all learn from each other’s experiences and use this to develop our strengths. We are lucky to have such a committed and engaged membership from across the sector and we continue to benefit from the co-operation of our corporate members, both financially and with the invaluable support that they give in the form of advice and expertise.

We had the official committee handover meeting at the end of November, and we are now hard at work to organise the programme of events for 2018 which we hope will be as interesting, varied and exciting as we have all come to expect. We are all gearing towards the autumn of 2018 when of course, we will be hosting the European Registrars Conference in London. The ERC committee is busy pulling together the conference programme and booking conference venues, as well as looking onto the opportunities for the all-important parties!

Some of the more specific projects that we are looking at are scoping the possibilities for renewing the standard facilities report forms, as well as working closely with the steering group that is leading the development of the Registrars Trailblazer apprenticeship. The idea of a mentoring scheme was identified as having strong support following the survey that we sent around earlier in the year and over the coming months we will be researching into the possibilities for this and how a scheme such as this could be developed, facilitated and managed.

I would like to extend my thanks to the outgoing members of the UKRG committee, Sarah Hardy, Carol Burnier, Flora Fyles, Katie Robson, Ellie Saggers, Amy Graves and of course Kathy Richmond who has provided inspirational leadership to the committee over the past two years. I have previously been on the UKRG committee in the role of Corporate & Development Officer and I am well aware of the hard work and dedication that it takes to ensure that the UKRG continues to provide support and information that is relevant to all of the membership and that it reflects the current needs of the sector. I was very proud to be approached to chair the group and to continue to build on all of the hard work of the committee both current and outgoing. This is such an exciting period ahead of us, and I am looking forward to working with the committee towards our goals.

Aisha Burtenshaw

December 2017

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