Crisis Management Team

The team co-ordinates efforts to preserve business records in cases of liquidations, administrations, takeovers and other circumstances where records may be in danger. The idea is to share and maximise intelligence, given that many liquidations may receive only local or regional press coverage. Also, many businesses relate to more than one city or region and are of interest to more than one collecting repository, which demands a co-ordinated approach.

The group can agree an appropriate response and nominate a suitable person from among their number to carry the matter forward by advising the business in question, as well as liaising with relevant repositories. They will seek advice and assistance from other interested parties as they deem appropriate.

Initially formed in 2009, the team is committed to this role as envisaged in the national business archives strategies for England and Wales, and for Scotland.

Contacts details for crisis management team

Kiara King, Archivist for the Ballast Trust, a charitable foundation that provides a rescue, sorting and cataloguing service for business archives, with an emphasis on technical records. Specialist adviser for business archives in Scotland. Tel. 01505 328488. Website

Alex Ritchie, Business Archives Advice Manager, The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. Tel. 020 8392 5330 ext. 2606. Team co-ordinator and specialist in shipbuilding records.

Peter Scott, Professor of International Business History, Henley Business School at the University of Reading, PO BOX 218, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA. Tel. 01183 785435. Specialist on international companies and companies in the retail and consumer goods sectors.

Maria Sienkiewicz, Group Archivist, Barclays Group Archives, Dallimore Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9JA. Tel. 0161 946 3036. Principal contact for business archives in the North of England.

Penny Baker, vice-chair of the Records Preservation Section of the British Records Association, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. Exprience as a Records Manager and Archives consultant for business records. Tel. 079646 624713

Richard Wiltshire, Senior Archivist-Business Archives, City of London: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB. Tel. 020 7332 3988. Specialist on business archives in the Greater London area, trustee of the Business Archives Council.