Added on 6 January 2021


DPC Members are invited to take up a series of new opportunities to guide the work of the Coalition.  A seat is available to join the DPC’s Executive Board and representatives are sought on four of the Sub-Committees which oversee and steer our work.

The DPC is governed by a small Executive Board comprising 12 directors drawn from the full members which meets quarterly to direct what we do. Directors have significant and immediate influence on the work of the DPC.  We renew the Executive Board annually with one or two directors stepping down. Thus in January 2021 we are seeking a new director to join us.

The Executive Board is supported by a series of Sub-Committees which ensure DPC’s plans and activities are tightly coupled to members’ needs. Care is taken to ensure that the Sub-Committees are diverse, and colleagues at all points in their careers, across all the parts of the Coalition and across all the sectors and agencies the DPC represents. 

Our Sub-Committee meets quarterly for around two hours, receiving reports about the DPC's work in specific areas, and reviewing plans for upcoming or new initiatives.  The Sub-Committees also filter and review grant applications and new or additional activities that arise throughout the year.  Each one is facilitated by a DPC staff member.

There are currently vacancies on four of the DPC’s five Sub-Committees:

  • Advocacy and Community Engagement: chaired by Paul Stokes and receives reports from Sarah Middleton on the DPC's Community Engagement and Advocacy programmes including activities like the BitList, Digital Preservation Awards and World Digital Preservation Day.

  • Workforce Development: chaired by Susan Corrigall and receives reports from Sharon McMeekin on training and skills initiatives, makes grants from the Leadership Programme and is the editorial committee for the Digital Preservation Handbook.

  • Research and Practice: chaired by Stuart Lewis and receives reports from Paul Wheatley and Jenny Mitcham on Capacity Building and Standards initiatives; reviewing any major research projects and acting as editorial board for the Technology Watch Reports

  • Management and Governance: previously chaired by Maureen Pennock and with a new Chair to be appointed. This Sub-Committee receives reports from Alyson Campbell on all matters relating to finance, staffing and good governance.

Existing members of the Sub-Committees will confirm that Sub-Committees are lively and incredibly useful in helping the DPC prioritise a large number of ideas in the context of the real needs of its members. Each Member is able to bring their own understanding of the challenges of digital preservation in their own working environment. Those Members who have not previously taken a seat on one of the Sub-Committees before are particularly encouraged to participate. 

The DPC would like to hear from all of its Members: no one is too junior or insufficiently qualified!  We are especially keen to encourage participation from voices not normally privileged or historically overlooked, ensuring that we deliver our values of accountability, transparency and inclusion.

If you would like to find out more about joining a Sub-Committee, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of January with an indication of which sub-committee(s) interest you. We allocate to ensure a diversity of voices so cannot always guarantee your first choice.

If you would like to join the Executive Board, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the application form.  Directors are subject to more rigorous selection processes and are restricted to the staff of Full DPC Members. The DPC is committed to building the next generation of leaders in the digital preservation community, so training is also provided for directors with less experience of company direction or strategic and financial planning.


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