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Helen Berry - Chair

Development Officer (Learning Providers) CILIP

Helen joined CILIP in February 2015 with a role which works with the accredited learning providers and develop CILIP's accreditation portfolio of qualifications. This requires a lot of travel! She is also responsible for the development of career support. Her professional career has involved working in many sectors including eleven years in Further Education.

She joined the committee in 2014. In addition to providing support for London Mentors and delivering the training sessions, she has also trained as a Mentor herself. She has recently taken up the position as Chair of the London Regional Committee.


Franko Kowalczuk - Candidate Support Officer

Franko works at Goldsmiths College, University of London managing one of the frontline teams and has had a variety of roles in both Library and IT including running a frontline Enquiry Service, Subject Support and Knowledge Management. Having chartered in 2004 he has supported CILIP qualifications ever since as a Candidate Support Officer, a mentor and a Regional Assessor as well as having served on CILIP’s Accreditation Board.

As well as being Candidate Support Officer, Franko serves on the Professional Registration and Accreditation Board as an assessor for Chartership, Certification, Revalidation and Fellowship.

Judith Allery - Honorary Treasurer

Judith's current post is UK Medical History Library (UK-MHL) Digitisation Project Cataloguer at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park.

With a background of academic libraries, in recent years she has undertaken fixed-term contracts in a variety of sectors e.g. academic, health, law and Parliamentary as a way of ensuring employment during these times of austerity. The contracts have been great learning and CPD opportunities, also an excellent way of discovering the London Underground network. Her membership of the cross-sectoral London Member Network Committee and its predecessor, Cilip in London, has widened her knowledge of the LIS sector. Recently she was appointed Hon. Treasurer.

Karen Crouch - Secretary & Mentor Support Officer

Karen is Head of Library Content and Liaison at Higher Education provider GSM London. Karen first realised she needed some formal training in information management when she worked in a role that involved coordinating elevator refurbishment projects. Before moving to the Higher Education sector in 2006, Karen worked in roles in legal and business information.

Richard Waites - Social Media Manager

Richard is a chartered librarian who has worked at Ove Arup for the past 10 years. During this time, he has also undertaken part-time roles at Westminster Reference Library, as well as the library at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

In his spare time (when he has spare time!) he enjoys reading, writing (for television), cooking, and painting (as well as decorating).

Angela Platt - Web and CILIP Blog Editor

Angela works as a Chartered Librarian and Archivist at an Independent School in South West London. She is originally from the United States, where she received her MSc in Librarianship, specialising in archiving and research. Angela is a budding historian, with special interest in 18-19th century history; she completed an MA in History and is currently working on a PhD on the history of love, religion and family.

Ralph Adam - Committee Member

Ralph's committee membership goes back to the LMN’s launch and he has mostly been involved with the running of the events programme.

For a long time his prime employment has been at City, University of London. He has worked in several departments at City (including the Library), mainly in teaching, research and the development of information services. Other responsibilities have involved the creation of new courses and administrative roles.

He has also worked for the BBC and several public libraries and spent time running information-related development projects for several UN and other bodies, working in a variety of countries such as China, France and Poland.

Other current work includes magazine editing and freelance journalism, covering information, transport and security policy.

Tayo Ajibade - Committee Member

Tayo Ajibade, is an experienced Knowledge Management (KM), Research and Information Professional. She enjoys organising and delivering training on KM, business and legal research tools, in addition to coaching, mentoring and sharing best practice in information service delivery.

Emma J. Ramstead - Newsletter Editor

Emma has worked as deputy library manager at Croydon University hospital for six months. Previously Emma worked as an Information Specialist for Map of Medicine and her first professional role was as an Outreach librarian for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS trust. Emma received chartership in 2013 she is currently working towards revalidation.

Whilst training Emma worked as an SAS library assistant, specifically helping Staff Grade Associate Specialist doctors. Previously Emma worked as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher in secondary schools.

In her free time Emma is a keen walker, enjoys cooking, reading, jogging and socialising with friends.

Lisa Gardner - Student and New Professionals Officer

Candidate Support Officer (Vacancy)

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