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Ffion Bell - Chair and Web Editor

Ffion is currently Library & Information Assistant at the Bond Dickinson law firm based in their Newcastle offices (with occasional visits to Leeds and London). Her library colleagues are based way down south, so participating in CILIP NE connects her to what's happening in the local region. She has previously worked in an academic library and an engineering firm.

She is originally from south west Wales but holds a BA from Queen's University Belfast and an MLISc from the Royal School of Library & Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Her professional interests include information literacy and training, solving legal research conundrums, having fun with Sharepoint, and getting Excel to do what it's told.

Outside of work she likes being by the sea, meeting animals, and going to see live music. Some of her favourite authors are Haruki Murakami, Erlend Loe, China Mieville, Jan Morris and Elizabeth Gaskell.

Jenny Hillyard - Vice-Chair

Jennie is the Librarian at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers near Central Station in Newcastle city centre. She studied Information and Library Management at Northumbria University having previously completed a degree in English Language and Literature with a focus on children’s literature. Part-time, Jennie also works for NAG (the National Acquisitions Group) as their administrator.

As a solo librarian with a team of volunteers, Jennie is always keen to be involved with local CILIP events and networking as a way to stay in touch with other information professionals and learn new skills. She is also the North East Carnegie/Greenaway judge for 2017/18.

Outside of work, Jennie primarily reads crime fiction and children’s/YA fiction. She also has a strong interest in folk music, and sings with Heaton Voices.

Isabel Taylor - Secretary

Isabel is currently an information co-ordinator in the Careers and Employment Service at Northumbria University. She has had a varied career to date, working in public libraries, business information, an engineering library, e-learning and careers information.

She originally joined as an ordinary member of the North East division of the Career Development Group in 2012 and chartered in 2013.

Keith Wilson - Treasurer

Keith is currently a construction information consultant. His previous roles include Technical Information Director, Sales and Service Director, Electronic Services Director, Information Manager, Information Officer and Deputy County Technical Librarian. All of his roles and his education have been based in the North East.

Keith started his relationship with North East librarianship through the Association of Assistant Librarians, where he became Meetings Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair. As well as committee member of the Institute of Information Scientists Northern Branch for over 10 years, in the former Library Association Northern Branch and CILIP Northern Branch he was Meetings Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Secretary, Weekend School Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair. He was elected as a CILIP Trustee in 2012. Retiring as Trustee he was appointed as the external member of CILIP’s Resources Committee. Keith is a CILIP mentor.

Related interests include standardization, where he is Vice-Chair of British Standards Society and Board member of the International Federation of Standards Users. In the construction sector, he is external member of the Federation of Master Builders Ltd’s Audit and Risk committee.

Keith was thrilled to be accepted for his Treasurer role, and be part of a passionate and welcoming and active committee and regional profession.

Patrick Crosier - Candidate Support Officer

Patricia is an Assistant Academic Librarian supporting the School of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University.

As well as being CSO she is also a mentor and the secretary of the Academic and Research Libraries Group.

Her main professional interests include referencing, academic integrity and information and digital literacy.

Susannah Hanlon - Library School Representative

Sean Matthew Smith - Archives Officer

Hello, my name is Sean Matthew Smith and I'm the archives officer for CILIP North East Regional Members' Network. In this role I am responsible for looking after and updating our archives in accordance with CILIP policy. I also work with my colleagues and we ensure that our web pages are the most current they can be.

I'm continuing with the course cycle at The Robert Gordon University, after completing an Graducate Certificate in Information and Library Studies.

My roles include:

Hobby wise I enjoy music and playing the piano, walking, photography, model railways, motorbikes, and the care of historic collections.

Sehar Riaz - Student Representative

Sehar is originally from Lahore, Pakistan but  is currently living in Newcastle. Having completed her Master's degree in Library and Information Sciences from University of the Punjab, Lahore in 2008, she worked as a librarian the Lahore School of Economics for 5 years and then one year at the City School Library.  She also had a role as an executive member of the Pakistan Library Association, and was a member of the management committee for an international conference organised by PLA Punjab in 2014.  

In May 2015 Sehar moved to join her husband in Newcastle.  She is currently studying for the MSc in Library and Information Management at Northumbria University - she also volunteers in the Mining Institute library.

Outside of work, Sehar enjoys travelling and exploring the world. She's a nature lover and is interesting in photography, as well as cookery.

Paula Wride - Youth Library Group Liaison Contact

Jackie McGuire - Professional Development Group NE Contact

Jackie is the Professional Development Group NE Contact for CILIP North East Member Network.

Jackie is the Library & Knowledge Services Manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  She qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Science in 1991 and completed her MSC in Information Science in 2013.

Jackie manages a team of 4 professional librarians and 4 library assistants across 4 main site libraries and a large geographical area. She has an interest in knowledge management and currently is involved in a national knowledge management group as part of the Health Education England (HEE) national strategy for the development of NHS library and knowledge services

A recently qualified CILIP mentor, Jackie has an interest in CPD and is a member of the CILIP Professional Development Group. She is also a qualified NVQ/QCF Assessor and Internal Verifier and has been instrumental in making NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualifications available to library assistants in the NHS in the north east for several years.

Outside of work, Jackie is a keen swimmer and walker. She also enjoys a weekly Pilates class and endures a weekly body pump class!

Aude Charillon - Ordinary Member

Aude is currently Library and Information Officer : Business & IP Centre Newcastle, based at Newcastle City Library. She was previously a Library and Information Assistant at Newcastle Libraries. Aude arrived in the UK in 2007 as an exchange student at Northumbria University, and came back to work in Newcastle following the completion of her library degree at a Paris university.

Before the CILIP North East Member Network was set up in March 2014, Aude was the Secretary for the Career Development Group North-Eastern division for over a year. She became involved with CDG as she wanted to enhance her career by learning new skills and getting involved in activities that are different to what she did in her work. Aude chose to join the CDG North Eastern committee then because the division was very dynamic, active and welcoming; she hopes to see this atmosphere continued within the CILIP NE Member Network.

Outside of libraries, Aude likes hiking, ice-skating, reading fantasy and French graphic novels – and eating cake.

Elaine Andrew - Ordinary Member

Seána McAuley is a Librarian at Allen & Overy LLP.

Elaine is currently an Ask4Help Coordinator at Northumbria University. Ask4Help is the frontline enquiry service for the student facing support services at the University; this includes the University Library, Careers & Employment, and Student Support & Wellbeing. Elaine is responsible for managing and delivering training for the team.

Elaine joined the CDG NE committee in 2011 and was Treasurer from 2012 to 2014. When CDG NE merged with the North East branch in 2014 to become the North East Member Network, she took on the role of Journal and Newsletter Editor, launching the new quarterly journal, NE Links. In 2016 she took on the role of Secretary and has now taken a step back to become an ordinary member. Being involved in CDG NE and the Member Network has given her lots of opportunities to develop skills that she doesn't get in her job.

Louise Gordon - Ordinary Member

"I work as a Liaison Librarian at Newcastle University. I support four Schools within the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Faculty. These include sociology, politics, geography, architecture, planning, landscape, law and business. I’m also service manager for the Law Library in the Law School.

My first degree was at Newcastle University studying history and education. I then started as a Library Assistant at Newcastle City Library. Deciding this profession was the one for me, I completed my City and Guilds qualification at Newcastle College. I returned as a member of staff to Newcastle University whilst completing my Masters via distance learning. After doing a variety of jobs within the Robinson Library, I made the move to be Business and Tourism Librarian at Sunderland University, where I chartered with CILIP. I’ve been back at the Robinson Library since 2010 so it feels like I’ve returned home.

I’ve been involved with CILIP through a special interest group which operated at Divisional level. I had the opportunity to take on a variety of roles and help organise different events and workshops. I also served on the National Committee of the Career Development Group. Being involved with CILIP helps me get the most from my membership, make useful contacts with information professionals across the area and learn more about what’s going on in other sectors. I also have the opportunity to event plan, use my communication skills and learn from others.

I am currently Secretary for the members network in the North East. As you’d expect I organise meetings, correspond with existing and potential committee members and take minutes. I also liaise with CILIP, complete paperwork, keep records and create news information to be communicated to members."

Louise also has an interesting blog -

James Kearney - Ordinary Member

James is an Ordinary Member for CILIP North East Member Network.

Although he is currently studying English Literature and History at St John's College, Durham University, where he also volunteers in his college library as the student common room library rep, the bulk of his time working behind the counter in libraries is during university holidays, when he volunteers as a library assistant at Harlaxton College, near Grantham, and as an archives assistant at The King's School, Grantham.

His first step into the world of libraries was his application for a pupil librarian position in his secondary school, The King's School, Grantham. Having become the senior pupil librarian in his final year of A-Levels, he was nominated, shortlisted and announced a finalist of the inaugural national Pupil Library Assistant of the Year award.

When James is not writing his next essay, shelving library books, or experimenting with web2.0, he enjoys walking, cycling, creative writing and, of course, reading! His favourite writers include Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood and Sylvia Plath. 

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