I have recently retired as Chief Librarian at the British Library following a full career in the academic and national library sectors in the UK and Ireland. As a CILIP Trustee, I aim to use my experience of strategy and leadership in the knowledge and information sector to help CILIP develop and grow as an organisation for the benefit of its members and the people we serve.
As Senior Advisor, Knowledge for Healthcare, HEE, I lead a fabulous team implementing this development framework for NHS funded library and knowledge services in England. I am also the Programme Manager for the ground-breaking Topol Review. I am a member of the Primary Care Quality Improvement Faculty working with the Sustainable Improvement Team, NHS England.
Passionate about bringing knowledge to bear on decision-making I draw on experience gained through: my early career in academic libraries and at The Library Association prior to joining the NHS as a Health Education/Information Officer, 17 years as an information consultant , innovative roles as an outreach librarian and in knowledge management in primary care prior to becoming the Director of a Clinical Commissioning Group. I have worked in the public and private sectors, including with Doctors.net.uk
I have particular interests in knowledge management, workforce and leadership development, quality improvement and the impact of technological advances. I was honoured to receive the CILIP Knowledge & Information Management Walford Award in 2018.
I am an independent Knowledge Management Consultant based in the Midlands with over 30 years experience in the legal sector. I have worked for Openreach and BT providing project management and business improvement leadership for a range of projects as well as coordination, training and knowledge sharing across multi-disciplinary teams.
Professional involvement has included membership of both the CILIP Information Management (IM) Project Board and the CILIP Defining Our Professional Future Steering Group. I have contributed to several articles in the professional press and given a number of presentations at conferences and events.
I started my library career working as a library assistant for Wirral Libraries whilst studying via distance learning for my MSc from Aberystwyth University. I then went to work for the Royal Philatelic Society London as Librarian and I am currently Head of Collections. I was appointed as the co-opted New Professional Trustee in July 2019 and I also sit on the Audit Committee.
Dawn Finch is a former school and public librarian, and children's author. She has over 30 years library experience, and is a former CILIP president. She is a trustee, and chair of CILIP's Ethics Committee and in 2018 launched the refreshed CILIP Ethical Framework for library and information workers.
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.
Chloe Menown was co-opted to the board of trustees in 2017 to represent young professionals.
Her background in the library and information sector (developing training and resources for Higher Education staff and students) is the foundation for her interest in using smart information for learning.
Currently she is using machine learning to track and improve global leadership training in AstraZeneca.
I began my career as a cataloguer in academic libraries, before my graduate traineeship and Masters at Aberystwyth. When I moved to Oxfordshire I took up a reference & social media role in the public libraries, followed by work in the NHS and now at Public Health England. At CILIP I sit on the Ethics and Resources Committees in addition to the Board. Outside librarianship, I'm also a Trustee of the Family Rights Group, supporting and safeguarding children and families.
A lifelong professional librarian I have held senior positions in public libraries and was National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland. I am an enthusiast for democratising access to libraries, with a particular interest in privacy and human rights, and the role of libraries in supporting these. I am active in library and cultural bodies nationally and internationally, and chair the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions advisory committee on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.
As a Trustee I help set the strategic direction of CILIP and hold the CEO to account. A Chartered Fellow, I have a first degree in Modern History, an MLib and an MBA. Most of my career has been in HE library and learning enhancement services, and I now work as an interim manager, author and trainer based in the East Midlands.
Alison Wheeler (Stewart) has worked in the public library sector for nearly 40 years, mainly in Suffolk, arriving in 1979 after three years studying librarianship at Aberystwyth. She worked for many of these as a children’s librarian, stock team specialist, branch librarian and senior manager in the county’s public library and cultural services. In 2012 she established the first UK public library mutual, Suffolk Libraries IPS Ltd, and became its first Chief Executive. Suffolk is one of the few public library services with its network intact, with increased opening hours, and one of only six library services which are part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio Status. Alison left her role as CEO in February 2018 and now works as an advisor/supporter for charity governance, libraries and mutual organisations. She has recently founded a local literacy charity for adults in Ipswich. Alison received an MBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to libraries.