Assistant Provost (Space) & Director of Library Services, Imperial College London
Chris joined Imperial College in September 2013 as Director of Library Services (a role now expanded to include College-wide change and strategic investment initiatives). Previously she was at the University of Aberdeen and the British Library where she spent over 20 years in a variety of curatorial, management and strategic roles. Along with her former colleague Dr Torsten Reimer, she is leading an initiative to bring the Harvard Open Access Policy to the UK.
Head of Copyright and Licensing, Library Services, University of Birmingham
Alex has worked in the intellectual property field for over a decade and has been at Birmingham since 2014. His role includes advising the University community on what is permitted under copyright legislation and the various licences adopted by the University to ensure that where ever possible copyright isn’t a barrier to teaching or research activity. Alex’s is currently engaged in a review of 1000 licences held by the Library in preparation for the opening of the University’s first overseas campus in September 2018.
Social and Educational Technologist
Josie Fraser works across education, government, the commercial and not for profit sectors leading innovative and effective practice in the use of technology. She was awarded Honorary Life Membership by the Association for Learning Technology in 2017 in recognition of the impact and scope of her internationally influential work particularly in relation to developing school workforce digital literacy, e-safety and cyberbullying, and her role in introducing open education licences and practices to the compulsory education sector in England.
She currently works for HM Government as Senior Technology Adviser on the National Technology Team, which provides cross departmental guidance focused on ensuring the UK's position as a world leading digital economy.
She is Chair of Wikimedia UK, the charity dedicated to supporting access to knowledge for all by promoting engagement with Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia, Wiki Data, and the Wikimedia Commons.
She blogs (occasionally) at Social Tech and you can follow her on Twitter as @josiefraser
Ayub spent his early career in education and children and young people’s services. Later, he was Project Officer for the new Library of Birmingham - involved in the early concept, visioning, design and business planning. Now Head of Libraries and Face to Face services for Warwickshire, Ayub leads a multi-disciplined workforce of over 500, and manages a multi-million pound budget. ‘Shakespeare’s County’ has a population of around 550,000.
He is involved with a number of professional bodies providing impartial advice on library policy and practice to Government. He is an Executive member and Digital Universal Offer lead for the Society of Chief Librarians. He recently led the national celebrations in libraries for Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
Ayub’s interest extends to international library development, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. He has worked on library projects for the British Councilin Moscow, Siberia, Greece and the Library Revolution in South Asia. He is currently advising on re-visioning and modernising public library services in Bangladesh, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Bangladesh.
In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to libraries. He describes himself as a moderniser and problem-solver - and someone who is prepared to hard-sell library services at every opportunity. He took up the post of CILIP President in 2018.
IP and Data Protection, Specialist and Managing Director NKCC
Naomi is one of the cultural heritage and education sectors leading IP and Data Protection experts. Her company, NKCC, has worked for over fifteen years with various clients from across the sector on operational, policy and strategic approaches to these dynamic and vital issues. Naomi was the Chair of LACA (Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance) leading the reform of the UK’s copyright laws and she has also been proud to support CILIP and its membership as a CILIP Trustee. This is Naomi’s seventh year in developing the successful programme for the CILIP annual Copyright Conference. Naomi is currently Co-authoring a Facet book with Professor Charles Oppenheim on Information law.
Intellectual Property Manager, British Council
Debbie is Intellectual Property Manager at the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. She provides advice and tools to help staff manage copyright across the world. She was previously Intellectual Property Manager at the Imperial War Museums and Documentation Manager at the Art Fund. She is an active member of the Museums IP network and the Copyright Practitioners Group at the Committee for Departmental Librarians. She holds a postgraduate diploma in UK, US and EU Copyright Law from King’s College London.
Ruth is a legally qualified CILIP chartered researcher, information professional and marketer with 20 years experience in the legal sector, specialising in legal and business real estate work. During her time at Freshfields, she has negotiated or latterly centrally supported contract negotiations for a number of vendors in the real estate and real estate finance sector. Before working for Freshfields, Ruth worked for a niche IP law firm. She am also CIM qualified with a Professional Diploma in Marketing.
Robin has worked in copyright policy since 2010, during which time he has been responsible for developing, negotiating and implementing a number of changes to copyright law on behalf of the British Government, including the Hargreaves reforms to copyright exceptions and the Marrakesh Treaty on access to works by blind, visually impaired and print disabled people.
His current focus is on negotiating and implementing the EU’s Digital Single Market copyright reforms on behalf of the UK, namely the Portability Regulation, the Marrakesh Directive and Regulation, the Online Transmissions Regulation and the Digital Single Market Directive.
Copyright Adviser to Scottish Further Education, Copyright Here
Alan began his copyright career in 1988 when his then college Principal asked him to attend a meeting “with something called the CLA – I can’t find the person I want, so you’ll have to do” - Alan has been looking for the missing person ever since!
After 34 happy years in Scottish Further Education, Alan now runs his own copyright consultancy, ©Here, principally serving educational clients. Alan has served on a variety of copyright consultation groups through the years and works with the major collecting agencies on behalf of Scottish Further Education. He lectures on copyright and advises on all aspects of copyright law and legislation.
Freelance Archivist and Rights Researcher
A graduate from the MA programme in Film Archiving at the University of East Anglia/ East Anglian Film Archive, Corinna has worked in the film heritage sector for many years. As Head of Film at Imperial War Museums, she managed the archive’s access operations including commercial film licensing. Corinna now works as a freelance archivist and rights researcher and is currently completing a project for NKCC.
Consultant, Non-Executive Advisor, NKCC
Carol Tullo had a career background in intellectual property practice and commercial law publishing with Thomson Reuters before she moved into government. She joined the Cabinet Office and later The National Archives where, until July 2017, she was Director of Information Policy and Services and she provided leadership in knowledge and information management and related policy across government. As Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and Queen’s Printer she delivered UK wide official publishing including legislation. Responsible for the legal regulation of Crown copyright and its licensing, she held executive responsibility for government information assurance and security of the record. Carol’s area of expertise is the governance and integrity of data and information and its reuse and exploitation. She now holds a number of consultancy and non-executive advisory roles in the data assurance and information field.
Head of Intellectual Property, British Library
Benjamin has a background in publishing having worked for Pearson Education internationally, as well as for Ordnance Survey. He is active in the Intellectual Property field within the UK having sat on a number of bodies including the BBC's Creative Archive Advisory Board, the UK Government's Creative Economy Programme (Competition and Intellectual Property), i2010 Digital Libraries Programme, as well as the Institute of Public Policy Research's Advisory Board on Intellectual Property and the Public Sphere. Benjamin currently chairs the copyright group of the Council for European National Librarians and sits on the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Copyright Research Expert Advisory Group.