British Library Chief Librarian confirmed CILIP Trustee

The British Library’s Chief Librarian Caroline Brazier will join the Trustee Board of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals from the start of 2016. Caroline has a wealth of experience developed over thirty years of working in libraries in the UK and internationally.

Caroline has worked in academic, research and national library sectors involved in research, the development of standards and digital developments. She is also currently a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Britten Pears Foundation and the Saga Trust.

Caroline Brazier said, “My whole professional career has been based on a belief that access to information, improving literacy and supporting lifelong learning are vital public services and that libraries are an essential part of that service.  Library and information services in the UK, as well as internationally, are going through a period of unprecedented challenge and change. They need a strong, strategic voice to advocate for them. I believe CILIP can offer that voice and that I have relevant experience, skills and enthusiasm which I would like to contribute.”

Current Trustees Martyn Wade and David Byrne also were re-elected unopposed to the Board. The three Trustees will serve from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019.

Nick Poole CILIP Chief Executive said, “I’m delighted to welcome Caroline to the CILIP Board, and to welcome experienced Trustees Martyn and David back to the Board. Our Trustees provide essential leadership to the library and information community. They ensure that CILIP is well run, financially sound and an effective organisation. With the launch of CILIP’s new strategic plan in 2016 I’m excited to have such an experienced and skilled Trustee Board to see us through this process and deliver our plans for growth.”


Nomination process

CILIP members are invited to nominate themselves to serve as a Trustee on the Board or as Vice President. Anyone nominated also needs the support of two individual members of CILIP.  After a year the Vice President will then serve as President of CILIP.

Trustee nominations were received from Caroline Brazier, Martyn Wade and David Byrne. This is an insufficient number to trigger an election so they are appointed uncontested. This leaves one Trustee vacancy, which the Board have the option to fill by appointment.

No nominations were received to service as Vice President. Confirmation about next steps will be announced shortly.