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Emma Wellard BA (Hons) DipILS MCLIP MCMI - Chair

Lead Librarian with North Somerset Council

Catherine Chorley BA (Hons) MSt PgDip - Vice 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.

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.

Laura Lay - Events Coordinator

Christina Carson BSc (Econ) Hons MCLIP - Candidate Support Officer: Devon & Cornwall, WHELF Representative

Donna Gundry - Candidate Support Officer: Devon & Cornwall

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

Siobhan Hawke - Mentor Support Officer

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.

Sara Liras BA (Hons) in English Studies (2008) and MSc in Information Management (2017) - Local Event Liaison (Bath and Bristol)

Sara gained experience and insight into the information profession during her voluntary work at the Spanish General Administrative Archives and her brief work at the Medical Records department at Bath’s local hospital, which really inspired her to become an information professional. Since finishing her master’s degree, she has actively looked for a position relevant to her studies, and she will soon commence her new role as an Informatics Administrator at the Royal United Hospital’s IT department. She also has many varied interests within the field, including archives, records management, information governance, information accessibility for disabled users and UX design.

Jag Majithia - Local Event Liaison (Bath and Bristol)

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.

Shelagh Levett - SWRLS Rep

Julia Hale - YLG Rep

Hélène Russell- Member without portfolio

Hélène Russell of TheKnowledgeBusiness 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.

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