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Our History

The Information & Records Management Society (or Records Management Society as it was known at birth) has been around since 1983. With Tom LeCompte as the first Chair, the RMS was established to serve a growing community of Records Managers that were starting to come into their own as records, information and technology was growing in industry and government. 

Starting small and growing slowly over the years the Society took on more and more members, volunteers and membership benefits. Below is a little summary of the history of the Society. 

1996 - the Society launches it's industry awards with the 'professional of the year' award
2000 - launch of the IRMS Bulletin
2007 - the first 'large scale' conference for members and non-members to attend at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton
2010 - launch of the Alison North New Professionals award to encourage new talent and professionals into the industry
2011 - Records Management Society rebrands to become the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS)
2012 - launch of Accreditation as a class of membership to demonstrate a certain level of skill and experience within the profession which members can apply for
2013 - the Society celebrates its 30th Birthday as part of it's annual conference in May where it also launches 'fellowship of the IRMS' by awarding it to 30 industry professionals
2015 - Information & Records Management Toolkit for Schools is launched 
2017 - launch of a new website giving members more control of their membership and access to more resources

All of our annual reports can be found on the governance area of the website that also detail our history and progress. 

The IRMS has always been run by volunteers and now is able to work with partners to help deliver the many different services and benefits that it offers. Since its birth in 1983 below is a list of the Chairs of the Society;

2016- Scott Sammons
2014-2016 Meic Pierce Owen
2013-2014 Nicholas Cooper
2009-2013 Matthew Stephenson
2005-2009 Paul Duller
2003-2005 Clotilde Wang
2002-2003 Ceri Hughes
2000-2002 Mike Marsh
1998-2000 Catherine Hare
1995-1998 Philip Jones
1993-1995 Mike Steemson
1992-1993 Graham Southwood
1989-1992 Sue Garland
1986-1989 Shelley Hardcastle
1984-1986 Bill Young
1983-1984 Tom LeCompte

You can find out more about how the society is governed today and who forms part our leadership team via the IRMS website. 

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Chester House
68 Chestergate
Macclesfield, SK11 6DY
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1625 664520
Fax: +44 (0)1625 664510


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