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Sue Lacey Bryant

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

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.

Binni Brynolf

Binni has worked for more than 20 years in public, academic, and special libraries in the UK and in Sweden, and is currently Digital Resources Librarian at Chatham House, a policy institute in international affairs based in London. They are Co-Chair of the Steering Group which is overseeing the creation of the CILIP LGBTQ+ Network to be launched in 2020. Binni is also a trade union activist and is particularly interested in the equality and diversity work that trade unions and professional organisations can do for and with LGBTQ+ communities. They also co-created a list of LGBTQIA resources for library and information workers. Binni identifies as non-binary and use they/them pronouns.

Caroline Carruthers

I am Network Rail’s first Chief Data Officer. Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure, employing around 30,000 people directly and about the same amount through our partners. Information is a critical capability within this highly complex environment which is planning the transformation to the digital railway of the future. I have established a small team and operate with a matrix structure drawing together Information Governance, Information Security, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Records Management and Business Intelligence to deliver the vision of effective, accountable and sustainable management of information across Network Rail.

I draw on experience from a varied background covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large scale complex change programmes. It was the recognition that ‘everything we do is fueled by data and information’ that drove me down the CDO route and describe herself myself as a Data Cheerleader.

I am passionate about the role information professionals have to play in business and the need for organisations to understand the fundamental role we play in helping the organisation succeed.

I contribute articles to the professional press and speak regularly at conferences around the Chief Data Officer role and the benefits of good Information Management.

Nicola Davies
New Professional Trustee

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

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.

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.

John Trevor-Allen

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.

Jo Webb

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

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.

Steve Williams


Helen Workman

I am Director of Learning Resources at Oxford Brookes University, responsible for the library and digital education services. Before moving to Oxford in 1992 I held senior posts in the libraries of the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield, where I did my MA in Librarianship many years ago. Between 2014 and 2018 I was chair of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries.

Shirley Yearwood-Jackman


Knowledge, data and information are what drives a modern economy - CILIP is best placed to support people working in these fields.

Gary Birkenhead

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