Hugh Hagan

National Records of Scotland (NRS)

Hugh Hagan has worked in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) since 1993. He joined Government Records Branch (GRB) in 2002 and is currently leading on the implementation of the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011. GRB has responsibility for public records produced by government bodies in Scotland. It provides guidance to these bodies on proper records management arrangements and advises on archive issues. Hugh was a member of the Bill team that successfully guided the Public Records (Scotland) Act through the Scottish Parliament. He had an illustrious career as a Clydeside shipyard worker before finding his true vocation in archives! 

Session Details


Monday 22nd May: 12:25pm - 12:55pm
The Public Records (Scotland) Act: Is it Really an Agent of Change?


Scottish Ministers want the Public Records (Scotland) Act to change the culture of record keeping in Scotland. The Keeper of the Records of Scotland’s implementation is delivering progress. This session will argue that the Act is an enabler, but that legislation can only ever be a starting point. Investment in relationships and meaningful collaboration between regulator and public authorities, based on statutory obligations, is the actual change agent. Hugh will further demonstrate how the Keeper aims to encourage continuous improvement under a new collaborative ‘Progress Assessment Report’ mechanism. Change is required, the Act facilitates, but we must make it work.

Topic: Law - understanding and responding to changes in information law, Lessons from Scotland - case studies and best practices from our host country

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