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Introducing CILIP’s first Chartered Knowledge Manager

02 September 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sonia Ramdhian
Introducing CILIP’s first Chartered Knowledge Manager

Elena Costello

CILIP is delighted to announce that Elena Costello has become the first person to be awarded Chartered Knowledge Manager status. Elena, Associate at Arup joined the initial pilot scheme in 2019, and has become the first to be awarded the new chartered status MCLIP Chartered Knowledge Manager.

CILIP’s professional awards in Knowledge Management (KM); Chartered Knowledge Manager and Knowledge Management Fellow, are the first in the world to be awarded by an independent professional body by Royal Charter.

Elena’s submission was particularly praised for; “a focus on future aims and developments resulting from the work undertaken to date. Elena clearly recognises the importance of continuing to develop and improve both her service and herself as a professional.”

Responding to the news of her award, Elena commented, “There are two main things that I took away from the process. The first, was the need to look at where I am as a KM practitioner at this moment in time and where I want to be in the future. It is important to have this opportunity to pause, reflect and appreciate the progress made so far. But what is more important is to establish a path for growth and development in such a way that the professional path chosen remains dynamic and stimulating.

An additional benefit lies in the ability to demonstrate to our external clients and collaborators that I am a practicing Knowledge Manager whose expertise has been validated by a recognised association. This provides real value in activities associated with Arup KM consulting work.”

Dominique Poole-Avery, Global Knowledge Manager at Arup and Elena’s line manager added; “We are absolutely delighted for Elena, Arup is proud to demonstrate a firm commitment to the development of its people and our members are encouraged to pursue professional Chartership in their respective disciplines wherever possible. The Knowledge Management Chartership programme enables knowledge professionals to seek registration backed by royal charter, providing parity with other professions and creating a framework for the development of skills which is aligned with the new international standard for KM: ISO 30401.

Following Elena’s success, I’m pleased to see that other knowledge practitioners from across Arup globally are now undertaking Chartership, further demonstrating both the value of Chartership and Arup’s commitment to the profession and the development of our members.”

To gain KM Chartership candidates are asked to evidence:

  • how they have improved their personal performance by undertaking activities to develop skills, apply these in practice and reflect on the process and outcomes;
  • how they have examined the organisational context of their service, evaluated service performance, demonstrated their ability to implement or recommend improvements and reflect on actual or desired outcomes; and
  • how they have enhanced their knowledge of the wider professional context, reflecting on areas of current interest

CILIP has developed a Professional Knowledge and Skills Base tailored to KM professionals to support candidates in examining and improving their personal performance and which ensures KM Chartership is aligned with the international standard for KM launched in 2018 - BSI ISO 30401 Knowledge Management.



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About CILIP

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for information specialists, librarians and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom with roots going back to 1877. It is the second largest in the world and the only one with a Royal Charter. Its publishing arm, Facet, is the publisher of choice for the information profession. CILIP has a strong international focus and welcomes members from all over the world with an interest in the sector.

About Arup

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services.

We aim to help our clients meet their business needs by adding value through technical excellence, efficient organisation and personal service.

We provide the engineering and related consultancy services necessary to every stage of the project, from inception to completion and after. These are available to clients singly or in combination, to suit the particular circumstance of the job.

Throughout the world we aim to provide a consistently excellent multi-disciplinary service, which also incorporates our concern for the environment. Arup is committed to sustainable design, to its increasing incorporation in our projects and to industry-wide sustainability initiatives.

Founded in 1946, Arup now has more than 14,000 people working in 88 offices in 33 countries and our projects have taken us to more than 160 countries.

Arup is a wholly independent organisation owned in trust for the benefit of its employees and their dependants.


Published: 2 September 2020


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