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CILIP South West Committee members

Catherine Chorley BA (Hons) MSt PgDip MCLIP- Chair

Senior Library Assistant, St Anne's College, University of Oxford. Previous experience working in higher education libraries, as well as special collections and archives. Voracious reader and drinker of coffee.

Mike Hosking - Vice Chair

Retired as Service Director: Libraries, Learning and Culture at Cambridgeshire County Council in 2011, having worked in local government for 46 years. Joined CILIP Board as a Trustee in 2011, and was Honorary Treasurer from 2012 until 2018. Has been a Board Member at 2 FE Colleges, and is now Trust Chair for the Crofty Multi Academy Trust running 9 Primary Schools in West Cornwall.

Sue Lee BSc (Hons) PGCE ACLIP - Secretary

I am the Library Supervisor at Crediton Library in Devon and work for Libraries Unlimited South West, a charitable mutual. Previously I worked as a Library Assistant at Exeter Library for 10 years. I have achieved CILIP Certification and am working towards Chartership. 

Andrew Hutchinson - Treasurer

Claire Back - Web Editor

Development Manager at Plymouth Libraries.

Morag Evans - CILIP SWMN Blog Editor and Local Event Liaison (Dorset)

Relatively new to library land, Morag was a library assistant at Dorset County Hospital Library Service before becoming a librarian there in 2017. Her favourite part of the job is shared reading on the wards. She is currently working towards chartership and has interests in knowledge management and health literacy.


Hannah Wood- CILIP SWMN Blog Editor

Originally from Greater Manchester, Hannah is a newly qualified Librarian working in the NHS. Her interests include innovative technologies, knowledge management, and evidence-based practice.

Hélène Russell - Events Coordinator

Hélène Russell of The Knowledge Business is a lawyer (non-practising) and specialist in Knowledge Management. After working in clinical negligence litigation defence work for eight years, then two years in an in-house KM team, she has worked as a self-employed KMer since 2008.

Donna Gundry - Candidate Support Officer: Devon & Cornwall

Nicola Forgham-Healey MSc Econ, MCLIP, QTLS - Candidate Support Officer: West Country

Sheron Burton BA(Hons), MA, MCLIP - Mentor Support Officer

Following a career working in academic and medical libraries, I am now retired (early!).  I continue to be involved professionally: I'm a Chartered Librarian, I use my Library & Information skills in my volunteer role as an Advisor, and Volunteer & Training Manager at my local Citizens Advice; I am a member of CILIP's Audit Committee, MSO for CILIP South West, I continue to mentor candidates for professional qualification, and am secretary of the retired Professionals Group.
I am an avid reader, and now have time to be a member of a book club.  I love going to the theatre, concerts and gardening.  My hobbies include working with stained and fused glass. 

Kay Ecclestone BA (Hons), PGCE (PCE), M.Lib, MBA (Education) - Local Event Liaison (Devon and Cornwall)

I have been a professional librarian for over 30 years having worked in public libraries and in schools before moving to the FE sector.  Currently, I am Learning Resources Manager at The Cornwall College Group responsible for the Learning Centres at the St Austell, Newquay and Eden Project campuses. I am Group Lead for Student Experience across the 9 Learning Centres on the 9 campus sites of the group. I am passionate about using ILT to engage learners, about assessing the impact of libraries/learning centres and the importance of reading for pleasure.

Danielle Stubbs - Local Events Liaison (Bath/Bristol)

I am a librarian at Bristol University Libraries. My professional interests include accessibility and engagement within libraries and museums. I have volunteered help with a range of events in a visual impairment charity and in museums. I am also interested academically in the avoidance of misinformation and disinformation, and how this can be achieved through library engagement or information literacy. Before being part of CILIP South West I was a member of CILIP Wales.

Brian Hinton MA (Oxon). PhD, MBE - Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Among the first year's postgraduate entry for the librarianship course at Birmingham Poly (as was) in 1977, which meant that I saw all the greatest punk bands in local nightclubs that year.  Previously an academic trainee at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Worked as a branch librarian and music specialist for the Isle of Wight Council, then left to become librarian, and latterly executive chairman, of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust where I have built a library and photographic archive, from scratch. Has written many books on the artistic circle in Freshwater in the 1860s, and on popular music, one of which resulted in Van Morrison writing and recording a hostile song, "New Biography", about my work.

Valerie Bearne MCLIP - Retired Member Liaison

Valerie Bearne, MCLIP.  Career based in public libraries, including Newton Abbot, Avon and Bath & NE Somerset.  Since retirement has continued with committee membership, in order to keep in touch with professional colleagues.  Founded and chaired the Bristol Area Social Inclusion Network, which organised many training courses for librarians.  More recently has organised a number of group visits, including Windsor Castle Archives, Dartmouth Royal Naval College Library, Bristol Zoo Library and Education Centre, Derriford Hospital Library, The Meteorological Office Library and Devon County Archive.

Vacant - SWRLS Rep

Julia Hale - Youth Libraries Group Rep

Rob Giles - Student Liaison Officer

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