We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rommel Pereira as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ Board.

Rommel will also take up the position of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, taking over from Dr Claire Feehily, from 1 May.

Rommel, a chartered accountant, retired as Finance Director of the Bank of England at the end of 2018 and previously held roles at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, Metropolitan Housing Partnership and JP Morgan Chase.

He has had a distinguished career in senior and executive management roles across the regulatory/government, not-for-profit and financial services sectors, and currently holds non-executive directorships at the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust and One Housing Group.

Lesley Cowley, Chair of The National Archives’ Board, said: ‘I am pleased to welcome Rommel to the Board following a competitive recruitment campaign.

‘The Audit and Risk Committee supports us in our responsibilities for issues of risk, internal control, and governance assurance and Rommel will bring his know-how and professionalism to the important role of Chair.’

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, said: ‘Rommel’s outstanding expertise in the government, not-for-profit and financial services sectors will be of great value to our Board and leadership team.

‘He also brings a wealth of experience to the role of Audit and Risk Committee Chair. This important sub-committee ensures the Board can continue to deliver an appropriate level of strategic support, challenge and scrutiny to the work of The National Archives as we build on our commitment to Archives for Everyone, our strategic vision.

‘As Rommel arrives I must also recognise the valuable contribution Dr Claire Feehily has made both as a Board member and as outgoing chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Lesley and I sincerely thank her for her dedication and insight over the past five years.’

Rommel Pereira said of his appointment: ‘It is a great privilege to be appointed to The National Archives’ Board.

‘It is an exciting time to be joining and I am looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and working to help the organisation build on its ambitious plans for the future.’

Further information on The National Archives’ Board is available here.

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