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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

David Goodridge

Nathan Grainger

Vic Hobson

Maria Ragan

Alis Templeton

Alex Wilson


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.


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.


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. Previous to this, Alis was Marketing Manager at Bishopsgate Institute where she led on marketing and evaluation for a £7 million capital project.


Alex Wilson is an audio-visual archivist, writer, and academic. He has over a decade of experience working with film/video and sound archives including The British Library, English Folk Dance Song Society, the National Jazz Archive, and the Hull Music Archive. He is currently at Sheffield Hallam University researching the Sheffield Independent Film Company and in late 2016 he begins a PhD project for the Heritage Consortium about Independent Film and Video In Yorkshire (1970-1990). Alex co-founded the electronic music label Public Information, and has worked in various positions in the music industry as promoter, DJ, and writer (Rough Trade,, FACT, Resident Advisor, Wire Magazine).