Better Together

Strategic feasibility studies, including the appraisal of options for collaboration and shared services.

In 2013/14 I worked with the Association of London Chief Librarians and The National Archives to explore the Strategic Opportunities for London Local Authority Archives. This has led to a new relationship between the boroughs, and an outline plan for collaborative activity.

In 2014/2015 I worked with the West Midlands Archives Council to explore options for collaboration across archives in the West Midlands. This has led to the creation of a new charitable trust called Archives West Midlands – an organisation of universities, local authorities, cathedrals and businesses that will work together to protect the region’s heritage and history.

“I was fortunate to secure Kevin as an Associate Consultant to work with me on two major projects to identify strategic opportunities for London Local Authority Archives (2013/14) and Archives West Midlands (2014/15). Kevin and I worked together from the proposal stage through to completion. In both cases the consortium of services and The National Archives (who part-funded the work) were delighted with the outcomes.

Kevin worked with large groups of staff as well as leading smaller task groups. In all situations he proved to be an excellent facilitator. He is able to question assumptions in a non-threatening way and to open people up to new ways of thinking. Although bringing substantial previous experience to projects, Kevin does not approach the work with preset ideas. He understands the importance of seeing it from the clients’ point of view and meeting their specific requirements.” [Tom Forrest]

In leading the creation of Archives+ at Manchester Central Library, I brought together services from a range of academic and independent archives in Manchester and the North West region. I have extensive experience of advocacy, interpretation, marketing, audience development and income generation through this project.

I am also the creator of the Greater Manchester Archives & Local Studies Partnership – a formal collaboration between the ten local authority archive and local studies services in Greater Manchester. This partnership provides an over-arching strategy and development plan for the area, bringing benefits in terms of collective sustainability and enabling collaboration on service improvements. The Partnership has gone from strength to strength and is now considered as an excellent model of collaborative working.

In 2015-2016 I project managed a workstream for Greater Manchester Libraries on making it easier for customers to find information and books across the region by creating one library card & a single digital pre