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CILIP East Midlands

Carol Brooks - Chair

Passionate about professional development Carol has 40 years of experience in training and development through working in local authorities, the Territorial Army and CILIP. Having been an operational manager for over 30 years she also worked as a learning & Development Officer before retiring to running her own coaching and development company, Chrysalis Development.

Carol co-ordinated the CILIP Mentor Support Network for over 10 years and led the development of the Mentor Training and Fellowship workshops. She has supported many people through CILIP qualifications as well as undertaking her own portfolio for fellowship. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2007 for her contribution to CPD.

Helen Drakard - Treasurer

Helen Drakard has worked at Libraries Connected as Membership Engagement Manager since May 2018 where she provides a link between Libraries Connected strategic team and the organisation's members, keeping members up to date with the work of Libraries Connected and organising activities and events such as the annual seminar.

Helen has a BA Hons Degree in Conservation and Restoration from De Montfort University and an MA in Information and Library Management from Loughborough University. She began her library career at Lincoln Central Library as a Relief Library Assistant in 1996, since then she has held a variety of roles in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire library services including Customer Liaison Officer, Library Development Worker and Locality Librarian before joining The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) as Executive Officer in 2014.

Helen has been a chartered member of CILIP since 2013 and is an active member of the CILIP East Midlands Members Network where she held the voluntary position of Candidate Support Officer for the for several years before recently taking on the role of Treasurer.

Anoma Gunewardena – Web Editor

Anoma is passionate about providing support for learning to all types of library users in Academic library sector. She has been working at University of Nottingham libraries as a Library Advisor in Customer Services, Inter-library Loans and Resource Acquisitions.

Anoma started her career as an Information Officer at the library of Industrial Development Board of Sri Lanka which supports Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs. However she became interested in natural rubber (one of main export crops in Sri Lanka) and worked as a Research Scientist in Sri Lanka, Japan and the UK for more than 20 years. She has worked as a doctoral and post-doctoral researcher in the area of natural rubber and poly vinyl chloride at Loughborough University since 1994.

Anoma changed her discipline back to information and Library Management by gaining an MA in ILM from Loughborough University in 2011. Anoma also possess a BSc and an MSc from Sri Lanka and a PhD in Rubber Technology from Loughborough University.

Tracy Lowe - Secretary and Social Media Editor

After an early career in Learning Support in Primary and Secondary Education, Tracy joined Libraries and Learning Resources at Nottingham Trent University in 2014. She enjoys her front-line customer service role at Brackenhurst Library and is involved with the Staff Development Group, working on projects for Staff Induction and PebblePad for Personal Development. Tracy has a degree in Classical Studies from the Open University. She has been been a member of CILIP since 2015 and is currently working towards Professional Registration (Chartership).

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