The Committee

Minutes of UKCORR committee meetings are now available.


The role involves:

  • Leading on the strategic direction and operational planning for UKCORR, with support and input from the Committee.
  • Communication with the members around strategic and operational decisions.
  • Promoting the activities and expertise of UKCORR to external stakeholders.
  • Ensuring UKCORR representation on relevant Committee and project groups.
  • Co-ordinating responses to relevant consultations and developments
  • Co-ordinating UKCORR members days and other events
  • Leading on drafting responses to consultations and other relevant policy ensuring input from the Committee and members.
  • Setting the agenda with the Deputy Chair and chairing the Committee meetings

Thom Blake  – UKCORR Chair

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UKCORR  Deputy Chair

The role involves:

  • Working closely with the Chair on the strategic direction and operational planning.
  • Working with the Chair to set the agenda for the Committee meetings.
  • Supporting the Chair in their role and working to increase the visibility of UKCORR.
  • Deputising for the Chair as required.

Leigh Stork – Deputy Chair

UKCORR Secretary

The role involves:

  • Organising the Committee meeting.
  • Working with the Chair and Deputy Chair to set the agenda for the Committee meetings.
  • Taking the minutes at Committee meeting, capturing actions and circulating these to the Committee and members.

Annette Ramsden – UKCORR Secretary

UKCORR Membership Secretaries

The role involves:

  • Managing UKCORR’s membership requests, processes and records, ensuring they are compliant with relevant policies e.g. GDPR
  • Acting as a list owner for the “UKCoRR-DISCUSSION” JISCMail list
  • Overall responsibility for the membership guidelines and making recommendations to the Committee when these need changing
  • Providing updates to the Committee on membership requests

Bev Jones and Kelly Hetherington – UKCORR Membership Secretaries

UKCORR Technical Officer

The role involves:

  • Maintaining the visibility of UKCORR as a source of technical expertise in the sector, by:
    • Acting as a point of contact for technical aspects of repository development for the UKCORR membership and wider community
    • Commenting on technical issues as they relate to repositories, open access and scholarly communication via the mailing list, UKCORR blog and other suitable outlets
    • Contributing to members’ events from a technical perspective
    • Liaising with other key stakeholders on technical developments e.g. Jisc, UKRI and contributing to their consultation and outreach events
    • Supporting the development and maintenance of ‘Rioxx: The Research Output Metadata Schema’.

Agustina Martinez Garcia – UKCORR Technical Officer

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UKCORR Web and Publicity Officer

The role involves:

  • Updating the UKCORR website
  • Developing the resource to ensure it remains relevant to members
  • Actively engaging members to share information and knowledge
  • Managing an active knowledge base of community resources

Tara Healy – Web and Publicity Officer

 UKCORR Social Media Officer

The role involves:

  • Leading on the assessment, maintenance and development of UKCORR’s social media presence
  • Co-ordination of the creation of content for UKCORR and distributing these on the most appropriate social media platform.
  • Management and development of the UKCORR blog and its content.
  • Increasing the visibility of UKCORR and its activities to members and external stakeholders.

Michelle O’Hara, Social Media Officer

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Committee Members ‘without portfolio’

During 2017, as part of promoting and expanding the work of UKCORR, the decision was taken to expand the Committee to enable a wider range of activities to be undertaken.  This led to the creation of the group of committee members who serve without a specific portfolio.

Current Committee Members serving ‘without portfolio’ are:

  • Anisha Ahmed
  • Jenny Basford
  • Kate Beeby
  • Yvonne Budden
  • Nicki Clarkson
  • Jon Cook
  • Nicola Dowson
  • Gordon McQueen
  • Andrew Marsden
  • Satu Nieminen
  • Dawn Pike
  • Kirstyn Radford
  • Nick Sheppard
  • Alison Sutton
  • Michaela Tonkinson

Past UKCORR Committee Members

  • Nicola Dowson, Chair, February 2018-January 2024
  • George Macgregor,  Technical Officer, February 2018-January 2024
  • Chris Manning, Web and Publicity Officer, February 2018-January 2024
  • Anisha Ahmed, Social Media Officer, January 2019-January 2024
  • Ellen Cole, without portfolio 2021-2024
  • Galia Umansky, without portfolio 2021-2024
  • Thom Blake, External Liaison Officer, June-October 2023
  • Karen Veitch, External Liaison Officer, August 2022-May 2023
  • Stuart Lawson, without portfolio, 2021-2023
  • Catherine Sharp, without portfolio, 2021-2023
  • Leigh Stork, External Liaison Officer 2021-2022, November 2023- January 2024
  • Tracy Colborne, without portfolio, 2021 -2022
  • Stephanie Meece, without portfolio, 2016-2021
  • Arthur Smith, Secretary, February 2018 – January 2021
  • Suzanne Atkins, without portfolio, 2016-2021
  • Yvonne Budden, Chair, August 2012 – January 2018
  • Nancy Pontika, External Liaison Officer, August 2013-January 2018
  • Nick Sheppard, Technical Officer, May 2010 – January 2018
  • Nicola Siminson, Secretary, April 2014 – January 2018
  • Paul Stainthorp, Web and Publicity Officer, 2012 – 2016
  • Katie Evans, Secretary, September 2012 – April 2014
  • Anne Spalding, External Liaison Officer, January 2013 – August 2013
  • Dominic Tate, External Liaison Officer, March 2009 – January 2013
  • Jackie Wickham, Secretary, July 2011 – August 2012
  • Gareth J. Johnson, UKCORR Chair, March 2011 – August 2012
  • Graham Stone, Chair, April 2010 – March 2011
  • Nicky Cashman,  Secretary, December 2009 – July 2011
  • Jenny Delasalle, Chair, March 2009 – March 2010
  • Mary Robinson, Secretary, March 2009 – November 2009
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