Debbie is the Library Services Manager for two libraries in STFC, one of the UK’s Research Councils, responsible for Library strategy, managing the budget, and developing library services to support Open Access, the STFC publications repository, and STFC’s Campus activities.
Debbie chartered way back in 1990 soon after graduating from Loughborough University with a joint honours degree in Library Studies and Mathematics (so she could count books as well as stamp them, according to her family).
With a keen interest in CPD, Debbie completed a Masters in Science and Society with the Open University in 2010, revalidated her CILIP Chartership in 2014, and has recently joined the North West Member Network Committee to increase networking and engagement within the profession.
Gil Young - Mentor Support
Gil has worked in the academic, health and public library sectors. She is currently employed by Health Education England as a NHS Library Knowledge Service Development Manager. She is a CILIP Fellow and an associate member of the CIPD. She has been a CILIP mentor since the scheme was introduced and was the first winner of the CILIP mentor of the year award.
Erica’s professional background was in higher education before undertaking her library training at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018-2019. She is currently working in the library and evidence service at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Michael Cook BA Hons, PDip, MCLIP - Outgoing Chair
Michael is a Public Health Specialist as part of the Public Health Team for Bolton Council, having previously worked as a Library Manager for NHS Bolton and as a Knowledge and Evidence Specialist at Public Health England.
Michael has worked in health library and information since 2004, though doesn't do as nearly much library stuff as he would like these days.
When not at work, Michael enjoys running, gaming and spending time with his family.
Padma Inala MSc, MCLIP - Special Interest Group Liaison Officer
Padma is Teaching & Learning Librarian at the University of Manchester. She has been working in libraries since 1999 and has previously worked at the University of Salford and post qualification, as a Law Librarian at two large law firms in Manchester, before returning to HE librarianship in 2006. She worked at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Senior Assistant Librarian for 11 years before moving ‘down the road’ to UoM in 2017.
Her main professional interests are information literacy, active learning and how information professionals can contribute to the wider framework of digital literacy within society. In 2010, Padma co-authored a book with Andrew Walsh from the University of Huddersfield on Active Learning for Librarians which contained both theory and practical ideas and techniques for teacher librarians and for teaching information literacy skills.
Her other areas of interest include distance learning, widening participation and outreach, particularly ways in which we can bridge the gap between sectors and collaborate with other LIS and non-LIS communities.
Zoe Collyer-Strutt BA (Hons), BSc(Hons), PGCE - Awards
Zoe is a Learning Resources Advisor at Glyndwr University, Wrexham supporting the Schools of Business, and Applied Sciences, Computing and Engineering, a role that incorporates academic liaison, collection development, student support and teaching.
Zoe has been working in the library and information sector for 30 years, and has experience of both public and academic libraries. She has previously worked at Chester University, Edge Hill University and Chester Public Library, and has a wide ranging experience of customer service management. She has recently completed her BSc in Library and Information Studies and is currently undertaking her Chartership.