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David Stewart

Working for Health Education England, I am Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North, responsible for the strategic development, co-ordination and quality monitoring of all NHS library and knowledge services across the north of England. I have been in this post since June 1999.

My previous posts include Director of Information Services at the Royal Society of Medicine and working jointly for Oxford University and the former Oxford Regional Health Authority as Deputy Director of Health Libraries across the Oxford region.

With a first degree in medieval & modern history from Birmingham University I qualified as a librarian in 1981 at Birmingham Polytechnic. I chartered in 1984 and became a CILIP Fellow in 2012.

I live in Warrington with my partner and cat.

Yvonne Manning
CILIPS President

I am Principal Librarian at Falkirk Council, managing the Learning Resource Service as well as being part of the Curriculum Support Team, with responsibility for Literacy. I represent Falkirk Council in a number of ways, including as the Bookbug Co-ordinator, key contact for the Read Write Count initiative, rep on the National Literacy Network (Education Scotland) and a member of the Regional Improvement Collaborative group on Creating a Reading Culture.

My love of working in and with schools has continued throughout my career; school librarian at Biggar HS, primary librarian in Central Region and then in Falkirk Council school library service. From 1988-1990, I worked with VSO, based in Khartoum as a librarian in the national library of Sudan.

I believe it is crucial to be actively engaged with the profession and my work has always been enhanced by strong networks. I chair CILIPS Central Branch, I have been CKG judge and chair of YLG Scotland. I am passionate about the power of advocacy and chaired the CILIPS School Library Advocacy Group. I was humbled to receive honorary membership of both CILIPS and YLG.

I live in Alva, Clackmannanshire – at the foot of the beautiful Alva Glen.

Karen McFarlane

I have extensive experience of operating at senior levels as a knowledge and information professional in the UK government sector. I was formally Government Head of Profession for Knowledge and Information Management and was a founding member of the Government’s Knowledge Council. I am a member of BSI’s KM Committee. I am Fellow of CILIP and was appointed CMG in 2013 for services to knowledge and information management. I volunteer with Girl guiding.

Penny Robertson
CILIP Scotland Chair

Penny Robertson is a chartered librarian and has worked within the library and digital technology sector for over 20 years.

An active member of the profession, having held positions such as Vice Chair of Cataloguing and Indexing Group of Scotland and Chair of Academic and Research Libraries Group Scotland. Penny has recently joined the Mentoring scheme for CILIP. Currently Libraries Manager for City of Glasgow College, she has worked mainly for national agencies in Scotland, specifically Jisc Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority, SLIC and CILIP Scotland.

Paul Jeorrett
CILIP Cymru Wales Chair

Paul started his career in the Library at the Zoological Society of London (London Zoo) and was finally released into the wild to then follow his career in academic libraries Oxford Polytechnic, Northern College (Dundee) and now Glyndwr University (formerly North East Wales Institute of Higher Education). He has been active in CILIP throughout his career mainly with University College and Research Group (now ARLG) both in Wales and nationally. Setting up one of the first foundation degrees in librarianship has been his proudest achievement, especially as it was the first course to be accredited by CILIP under the new qualifications framework. Working with CILIP and CILIP Cymru Wales I would encourage others to join CILIP Cymru Wales as it is a great opportunity to engage with fellow professionals across the LIS sector and make a real difference to librarianship across Wales and nationally. I am most proud of my involvement as a participant, workshop facilitator and speaker at the CILIP Wales Conferences, particularly the occasion when I first shared the idea of foundation degrees with colleagues and realised that it was time to turn theory into practice, the rest is history...

Samantha McCombe
CILIP Ireland Chair

I am Librarian of the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. Founded in 1788 the Linen Hall is the oldest Library in Belfast and the last subscribing Library in Ireland. I am the custodian of the Linen Hall’s collections and am tasked with collecting, conserving and making them as accessible as possible. I am a member of the Senior Management Team with operational responsibility for running the library service. I set the strategy for the library service and engage with stakeholders and partner organisations, and support the Linen Hall’s Director in sourcing funding and demonstrating value to our Members and funders.
I came to the Linen Hall from global elite law firm Allen & Overy, where I was Library & Research Manager and part of the management team of their Belfast office. Previously I was Assistant Librarian at the Bar Library and the Northern Ireland Assembly Library. My early library career was in the academic libraries of Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Strathclyde. I began my library life in a public library in North Belfast.
I attended the University of Glasgow, gaining an MA in English Literature, and undertook my MSc in Information Management at Queen’s University Belfast. I have been a member of CILIP for over 20 years and recently registered to undertake CILIP Fellowship. I am also a member the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL).
I am an avid reader, enjoy music, going to gigs, Northern Soul nights, vegetarian cooking and I have an ambition to hike the Inca Trail in Peru.

CILIP is the UK library and information association (Registered Charity No. 313014), incorporated under Royal Charter and working across all four nations of the UK

CILIP members living and working in Scotland are supported and represented by CILIP in Scotland (CILIPS), an independently-registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). CILIPS SCIO works in affiliation with CILIP under a joint Service Level Agreement.

CILIP members living and working in Wales and Northern Ireland are supported and represented by the CILIP Cymru Wales Committee and the CILIP Ireland Committee respectively.

To me, #libraries stand for freedom, literacy, knowledge, tolerance & understanding & it has never been more important to defend these ideas.

Nick Poole, CILIP CEO

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