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.
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 - Candidate Support Officer & CILIP London 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.
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
Lisa recently became a qualified librarian but her career in libraries spans over 25 years. Lisa worked in a variety of roles in public libraries and academic libraries, including managing mobile libraries and home visit services. She then moved in to health libraries, working initially for the Royal College of Nursing. In her current role at Imperial College London she supports NHS staff with their information and research skills, including facilitating information literacy workshops.
Cassie Bowman - Web Editor
Cassie is the Open Access Officer at London South Bank University, and has a varied background in subscriptions and licensing, children's libraries, and website management. She is enjoying getting involved in the Scholarly Communications environment, and finding out how libraries influence the way research is disseminated. She has recently completed her chartership, and spends her spare time reading, drawing and bothering her cat.