Tomas Lidman has been working with questions concerning research, libraries, archives publishing and investigations since 1971. He took his PhD in History in 1979 studying political parties in Sweden during the middle of the 19th Century. Offered by the Government to be a pensioner 2010, after eight years as Executive Director of The National Library of Sweden (The Royal Library), and almost seven as Executive Director of The National Archives, he has been writing two books; one about the relations between Archives and Libraries as official institutions (in English) and one about artists´ diaries.
On behalf of the Minister of Culture he was Chairman and leading the national investigation 2011-2012 of the literary system in Sweden, and, on the behalf of the University Chancellor, he took part in the audit of the Literary history institutions 2012-2013.
During 1998-2004 he was President of the University College of Borås and 2004-2013 President of The Royal Institute of Fine Arts. His first mission as Director was at the University of Stockholm 1979 and later (from 1985) he became an administrative officer and CEO, directly under The Minister of Education and Research.
He has been working under such conditions until 2010. Internationally he has worked with organisations such as Unesco, IFLA, ICA (vice President 2006-2010) and with the European Union, appointed by the Government as an expert on archives, 2004-2010.
– My competence is primarily within sectors as management, coaching, strategic analysis and planning and critical thinking. During all my years as an administrative officer and CEO, I have been working with the highest political administration in Sweden, irrespective of political colour. These experiences have taught me how complex organisations are structured, and how they should work to be successful under different political conditions. As Chairman of both the University College of Borås and the Royal Institute of Fine Arts I have deeply been involved in the University sector. Appointed to serve in different juries, both as a member and as Chairman, I am used to evaluate research and form an opinion on aesthetic work of art.
For more detailed information about my experience, please see my CV.