VCH Advisory Board

The VCH is supported as a national enterprise by an Advisory Board, which normally consists of no more than fifteen members. Currently five represent the academic interests of the VCH in Higher Education Institutes, five represent those who help fund the VCH activity through county councils and dedicated county trusts, and five represent related specialist organisations.

The Board meets on at least two occasions each year and receives reports on VCH activities centrally and in the counties. It helps to develop the VCH’s strategic aims and approves its Annual Report and accounts. The Board's Minutes are approved by the Advisory Council of the Institute of Historical Research, which is responsible for the managing the VCH. The IHR Advisory Council is consulted before any amendments are made to the Advisory Board’s constitution and VCH scheme of management.

The role of the Advisory Board

Currently the Advisory Board:

• Agrees its constitution and terms of reference;
• Advises on matters associated with the writing of the Victoria County Histories;
• Agrees the strategic objectives for the VCH and the operational plan designed to take the strategic objectives forward;
• Advises on all major policy changes and initiatives;
• Agrees the publishing strategy and maintain an overview of all aspects of the publications operation;
• Maintains an overview of the financial position of the VCH within the IHR. (This involves receiving the annual accounts of the VCH and the IHR, and statements of VCH income and expenditure and budgets for the following financial year);
• Maintains an overview of work being undertaken in the counties including progress with projects, staff changes, fundraising and finances;
• Receives regular reports from the senior management of the IHR
• Receives regular reports on all other related activity including agreements with third parties and the Locality and Region Seminar.

The Board's Members

Membership of the Board is by invitation for a period of four years (5 in the case of the chair), with three or four members retiring annually by rotation. The Board will have the power to co-opt additional members for specific meetings where their expertise is required. The Director of the IHR and the Chair of the IHR Advisory Council are ex officio members, and the VCH Executive Editor and IHR Administrator attend, with other central office staff as required.

The members are:

Chair:Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith (Director of Information Services, House of Lords). Members: Dr Michael Hicks (University of Winchester, VCH Hampshire); Dr Nicholas Kingsley (The National Archives); Chris Manning-Press (VCH Essex Trust); Dr Julian Munby (Oxford Archaeology); Charles O’ Brien (Pevsner Architectural Guides); Nigel Pittman; Professor Anthony Pollard (VCH Durham Trust); Professor Rosemary Sweet (University of Leicestershire); Kate Tiller (University of Oxford, VCH Oxfordshire Trust); Dr Angus Winchester (University of Lancaster, VCH Cumbria); vacant (VCH editors' representative).  Ex Officio:  Professor Miles Taylor (IHR Director); Professor David Eastwood (Chair, IHR Advisory Council).