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Anne Thurston has pioneered international solutions for managing public sector records as evidence for administrative efficiency and for citizens’ and human rights. She lived in Kenya between 1970 and 1980 and worked for the Kenya National Archives. Between 1980 and 1996 she taught at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, where she established a postgraduate programme in international records studies. She established the International Records Management Trust in 1989 and continues to be its Director. In the 1990s, recognising the impact of the rapid changes in the use of information technology on public sector records and the significance of these records for transparency, accountability, and right to information, she structured the Trust to support governments in managing digital records as evidence through developing effective legal and regulatory frameworks and through capacity building. In recent years, she has worked on a range of projects at the World Bank aimed at defining the relationship between effective records management and international development and the significance of information governance for achieving governance goals and opening trustworthy data. Dr Thurston was a member of the UK Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Public Records from 1994 to 2000. She was awarded an OBE for Services to Public Administration in Africa in 2000 and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Records Management Society of the UK in 2007. She also was awarded the Emmett Leahy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Information and Records Management Profession in 2007.