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Jake Hope - Chair & CKG Chair of Judges and North West Representative

Reading Development & Children's Books Consultant

Tricia Adams - Past Chair

As a professional librarian with more years’ experience than I care to mention – I have worked in several sectors including government libraries and as a self-employed information specialist but have come back to my favourite – of working with children, in various guises, for the last 20+ years. This has included a spell as a primary school librarian, before moving back to public libraries in my home county of Northamptonshire, where I have been Head of Children’s and Young People’s Public Library Services and the manager of the Schools’ Library Service – Learning Resources for Education.

I have been Director of the School Library Association since 2008. I have had the honour to be Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards judging panel and YLG during 2008 and 2017.

Alison Brumwell - Chair Elect & Yorkshire & the Humber Representative

I have nearly fifteen years experience as a children's specialist and am currently employed at Kirklees College, alongside which I freelance as a reader development and literacy consultant. I am an active member of YLG (Yorkshire and the Humber,) and currently serve as national representative. I am also 2019 Chair of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel and have been a volunteer with Africa Educational Trust since 2011.

Sue Polchow - Secretary and Website Manager

Literacy & Library Adviser

Helen Thompson - Treasurer & North East Representative

Amy McKay - CILIP CKG Co-ordinator

School Librarian

Joy Court - Conference Manager & CILIP CKG Working Party Chair

I am Reviews Editor for The School Librarian journal, author of Read to Succeed: strategies to engage children and young people in reading for pleasure (2011) and Reading By Right: successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed (2017) FACET and several of the SLA Riveting Reads booklists. I am YLG Conference Manager and currently Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. Previously I managed Coventry SLS but now concentrate on books and libraries as a freelance consultant. I am a trustee and member of the National Council of the United Kingdom Literacy Association & on the selection panel for the UKLA Book Awards. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and The English Association and an Honorary Fellow of CILIP but I’m proudest of all of my Honorary Life Membership of YLG!

Julia Hale - Conference Secretary and South West Representative

School Libraries Advisor

I trained as a primary teacher but have been a children’s librarian for over twenty years, working in a variety of roles in public libraries from Surestart literacy worker to Young People’s Services Manager. I am currently Schools Libraries Advisor for Plymouth’s Schools Library Service. Throughout my career YLG has run as a golden thread, a supportive network of likeminded professionals dedicated to finding the right books to put into children’s hands. I joined London committee when I was a library assistant studying for by MA in librarianship and am currently National Rep for the South West Group and National Conference Secretary.

Jill Reid - Exhibition Manager & Scotland Representative

Network Librarian

Elizabeth McDonald - Membership Manager & South East Representative

Reader Development Officer - Young People and Families.

Ferelith Hordon - Youth Libraries Review Editor

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Christopher Bertenshaw - East Midlands Representative

Business Services Assistant - Digital Inclusion.

Tanja Jennings - Northern Ireland Representative

From an early age I’ve loved reading because of its immersive and transcendent power. This enjoyment of literature led to my current vocation as a School Librarian in Wellington College Belfast. Along the way I gained the qualifications of a Joint Honours BA in English & History, an NVQ in Journalism, an MA in English [Irish Writing], an MSc in Information & Library Studies and a PG Dip in Children's Literature. I am the co-ordinator for the Northern Ireland heat of the Kids' Lit Quiz. I also review books for The School Librarian, the Book Bag and Reading Zone. I've had the honour of representing Northern Ireland as a judge on the panel for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards during 2016 and 2017 and being involved in the annual CKG twitter takeover which was an exciting and uplifting experience.

Ellen Krajewski - Eastern Representative

Librarian at the Hemel Hempstead School

Alexandra Ball - Wales Representative

Community Librarian

Isobel Powell - West Midlands Representative

Schools Library and Resources Manager

Caroline Fielding - London Representative

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