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Meet our Trustees

Tuesday 7th February 2017

The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the NJA - ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and fulfils its charitable objects. The current board is made up of the following people:


Paul Kaufman (Chair)

Pete Cater

Nick Clarke

Jez Collins

Roger Cotterrell

Pedro Cravinho

John Dale

David Goodridge

Nathan Grainger

Vic Hobson

Erin Lee

Andy Linehan

Maria Ragan

Alis Templeton



About our Trustees


Paul Kaufman has been a Trustee of the National Jazz Archive since 2012 and was appointed Chair of Trustee in February 2014. Paul has maintained his lifelong passion for jazz while practising as a solicitor for over thirty years. He is a former partner, now a consultant, with a firm in East London. Paul has extensive Trustee experience and specialises in regulatory law.


Pedro Cravinho is a researcher of jazz and the media at the Birmingham City University (UK). His research interests includes Jazz Studies and Media Studies with a particular interest on jazz on television, and the Twentieth-Century jazz diaspora political and social histories. He has numerous published and forthcoming articles on jazz.


Nick Clarke has been a trustee of the Archive since 2012 and chairs the marketing and fundraising group. He has many years' experience of publishing and marketing books and journals, and is also involved in marketing for a local arts organisation.


Jez Collins is a Research Fellow at Birmingham City University where he teaches and publishes on popular music history, heritage and archives. He is also the founder of the Birmingham Music Archive, an online archive that celebrates Birmingham’s music heritage and is a member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group advisory board.


Roger Cotterrell was actively involved for many years with jazz promotion by the Jazz Centre Society and Leicester Jazz Society. He has written extensively for jazz magazines in the UK and abroad and is a consultant editor for the jazz book publisher, Northway. He co-wrote Bass Lines: A Life in Jazz with Coleridge Goode, edited bandleader Harry Gold’s memoirs, and compiled Jazz Now: The Jazz Centre Society Guide. He has broadcast and lectured on jazz and, outside music, he is a university professor.


John Dale has a career background in software engineering and consultancy for the defence and information security sectors. The nature of online services and digital archives means his background is not so remote from the demands of the archive. He has a deep love of music and in particular jazz. He is a keen collector of 78-rpm shellac records. He really enjoys the background research each record stimulates, so truly appreciates the objectives of the archive.


David Goodridge is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner in Kingston Smith until 2014. Since retiring from full time work David has taken up a number of Board appointments. He is a Governor of the University of Hertfordshire, and a trustee of Luton Culture and Marlborough Almshouses in St Albans. When he is not listening to jazz he is taking care of his bees.


Vic Hobson is a researcher and writer on jazz, and previously lectured in jazz and blues at the University of East Anglia. He writes for the University Press of Mississippi and has a book on Louis Armstrong forthcoming. Vic joined the Board of Trustees at the start of the “Story of British Jazz Project.” He is the Outreach Co-ordinator for the NJA, establishing and maintaining contacts with other Archives and organisations, and developing project activities including the HLF funded Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project.


Erin Lee is the Head of Archive for the National Theatre. She is Chair of the Association of Performing Arts Collections, runs the Archive Trainees group for the UK and has a particular interest in how we document creative process and performance.


Andy Linehan is Curator of Popular Music Collections at the British Library Sound Archive. He has written and broadcast on many aspects of pop music and for nearly ten years taught Popular Music History at the Royal Academy of Music. Publications include the pop music periodicals index, POMPI, and Aural History – Essays on Recorded Sound. He is the Resources Editor of the journal Popular Music History and his current research subject is the relationship between Popular Music and football.


Alis Templeton specialises in visitor research, evaluation, audience development and marketing for the cultural sector. She undertakes visitor research, project and exhibition evaluation and writes Marketing Plans and Activity Plans for a range of clients – from the V&A and Museum of London to Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Battersea Arts Centre.