Oliver has overall responsibility for The National Archives’ future direction as well as current performance, and is accountable to ministers for both. His role is to lead in all The National Archives’ many different activities, in our work with government and in providing services to the public. Oliver is Keeper of Public Records and Historic Manuscripts Commissioner. These responsibilities combine respect for the unique significance of our collection with delivering effective online services to millions of people, and engaging with government to maximise the value of its digital information – today and for the future.
Oliver joined The National Archives as Director of Customer and Business Development in 2008, leading the team launching the 1911 census and our online strategy. Prior to this, Oliver worked at Thomson Reuters, with global responsibility for ensuring improvement of information services for customers. Other responsibilities at Reuters included the strategy for a £1.5 billion revenue business and regional sales management.
More widely, Oliver’s experience combines strategy and operations with a strong understanding of how to deliver the information the public and customers need to use and research. He is a non-executive director of the Collections Trust, has received an MBA from London Business School and has also worked in the shipping and technology industries.