Nick Poole confirmed as new CILIP Chief Executive

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Nick Poole will become Chief Executive of CILIP from 22 June 2015. Nick is currently CEO of the Collections Trust, an independent UK charity working with libraries, archives and museums.

Nick said, “I am honoured and excited to be taking up the role as CILIP’s Chief Executive. Library and information professionals have a profoundly important role to play in a modern digital economy and a productive society. I want to ensure that the skills and expertise of our members is championed as widely as possible, nationally and locally.

These are challenging times for our community, and CILIP needs to be able to offer leadership, support and encouragement to professionals working to promote information literacy across industry, media, education and Government.

I know CILIP as a member and as a former Trustee and Treasurer and I cannot wait to work with our members, Trustees, committee members, staff and partners to build a strong and positive future for our community.”

Martyn Wade, Chair of CILIP Council, said, “We’re delighted that Nick will be the new Chief Executive. The recruitment panel agreed that Nick has the experience, passion and strategic ability to lead CILIP at this important time. On behalf of all Trustees I would like to congratulate Nick, we look forward to working with him. I’d like to thank Jill Colbert, who will continue in the role of interim Chief Executive until Nick starts.”

About Nick

As CEO of the Collections Trust Nick is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organisation. In this role, Nick has been responsible for developing UK and international standards for information management, advising agencies on digital programmes and leading partnership initiatives with a range of leading digital companies.

Nick is former Chair of the Europeana Network and provided representation to the European Commission.

Prior to joining the Collections Trust in 2005, Nick held a number of roles at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), including responsibility for Regional policy development and as a National ICT Adviser. In addition to his role within CILIP, Nick is a former Councillor of the Museums Association and the former Chair of the UK part of the International Council of Museums.

Nick is a regular lecturer at several Universities and has published on subjects ranging from the economics of cultural services to international Copyright and Cultural Property law. He studied Languages at Cambridge University and holds postgraduate qualifications in Historical Linguistics and Fine Art & Illustration. He also studied the History and Philosophy of Science at Birkbeck College.

He also works with a number of HE and FE providers in an advisory capacity on the implementation and use of eLearning systems and Virtual Learning Environments.

Nick served as a Trustee of CILIP between January 2010 and November 2014, he was CILIP Treasurer for 2012 and 2013.


Press contact:

Mark Taylor, Director of External Relations, CILIP

Tel: 020 7255 0654
Mobile: 07792 635 305

Notes to editors:

1.Photograph of Nick Poole copyright © Greg Sigston ( 2014

2.CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014.