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Paul's career spans more than 5 decades: in that time he has maintained a portfolio of acitivities working at senior and board level across a range of industries and geographical locations: finance; development / 3rd sector; energy; government/public sector; information; knowledge management; law; leisure; retail; and software.

Commenting on this appointment:
"In 2017 in 'Navigating the Minefield: A Practical KM Companion' I noted inter alia that to achieve corporate legitimacy, KM professionals would benefit from the introduction of a set of universal standards plus recognised practitioner led accreditation. I was pleased to have been a member of the BSI Committee that contributed to the development and publication of the ISO KM Standards 30401 and the CILIP project board overseeing the development of the Knowledge Management Chartership accreditation. I am delighted to be appointed as President Elect CILIP as it allows me to remain close to and promote the ongoing development of a global practitioner led KM Chartership and Fellowship while expanding CILIP’s global reach and I am looking forward to working alongside incoming President Judy Broady-Preston."


Professor Judy Broady-Preston is Professor of Information Management, Visiting Staff, Aberystwyth University, and Visiting Professorial Fellow, UCL Qatar (January – March 2019). Until October 2018, she was Director, Institute of Professional Development (IPD), Aberystwyth University, and a member of the University Executive.

Her research interests include (1) impact, value and performance measurement; (2) leadership strategies, organizational learning and culture; (3) integrated flexible learning and professional development. She is the author of +100 research papers, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, European editor of the Journal of Educational Media and Library Sciences, and editorial board member of seven international journals and numerous international conferences. She has been awarded seven major research prizes, in addition to the Higher Education Academy 2010 National Teaching Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Information and Computer Science,” and has received numerous research grants over the past 25 years.

She is a panel member for several institutional reviews, including QAA and the UK Equalities Commission, and is a former IFLA committee member. Her current external professional activities include Vice President (President-Elect) CILIP UK (2019–) and UK Role Model and Mentor in the Advance HE (formerly Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) Aurora Women in Leadership Programme.

Martina McChrystal
President CILIP Scotland

I am Director of Library Services at the University of Glasgow. I joined the University in 2015, becoming Director in 2017. The University Library is one of the oldest university libraries in Europe. The first mention of the library was in 1475, and today the library’s collections are extensive and global in reach.

A lot of my career has been in public sector, most recently as Library and Information Services Manager for the award winning Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services. I spent 7 years as a Partnership and Information Manager with the City of Edinburgh Council, based in North Edinburgh, which focused on community engagement and neighbourhood partnerships. I was honoured to be appointed Chair of the National Strategy for School Libraries Advisory Group by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in November 2017. This resulted in the publication of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools, the first strategy for school libraries in the UK in September 2018. I’m a passionate and committed advocate for libraries across sectors, and for developing dynamic partnerships which will enable access and empowerment.

Heather Marshall
CILIP Scotland Chair

Heather Marshall is a Senior Librarian at Glasgow Caledonian University leading the enquiry and teaching team. Heather studied Information and Library Science at Leeds Metropolitan (now Leeds Beckett) then moved to London to work at the London School of Economics. From there she moved into law and worked at Berrymans Lace Mawer then Taylor Wessing. Returning to her native Scotland in 2010 Heather joined CILIP and was instrumental in reawakening the dormant West Branch of CILIP in Scotland first as Branch Secretary and currently as Chair. CILIPS West Branch supports professional registration with regular peer support sessions hosted and organised by Heather and provides CPD opportunities for their members.

Andrew Eynon
CILIP Cymru Wales Chair

Andrew is Grŵp Library and Learning Technology Manager at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. Andrew has been at what was then Coleg landrillo since 1999, having previously worked for the British Library and in FE in England. Andrew also manages the Library and Information Studies curriculum at GLLM – teaching on the Foundation Degree and Degree programmes in Library & Information Management. Andrew is a former Chair of CoFHE and of the Colegau Cymru Learning Resource Managers network. Andrew was editor of Guidelines for Colleges: Recommendations for Learning Resources, London: Facet (2005). Andrew has managed two JISC funded digital literacy projects – one on student peer e-guides and one on embedding Digital Literacy across FE in North Wales. Andrew has also managed library projects funded by MALD on reader development and the use of social media in FE libraries

Alex McIlroy
CILIP Ireland Chair

I am the User Services Librarian in both the Medical and Healthcare Library, and the Biomedical Library, Queen's University Belfast.

I graduated from University College Dublin with a Masters in Library and Information Studies in 2001 and started my early library career as a library assistant in the school library of Wellington College Belfast. I moved from the school sector to the voluntary sector by taking up a position as Information Officer in Age Concern NI. I then jumped to the government sector by working as the assistant librarian in the departmental library of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. I stayed there for 3 years and took the opportunity to start the chartership process.

In 2006, I moved to the academic sector by taking up a subject librarian position in the Medical and Healthcare Library, Queen's University Belfast, before moving to my current position within the same library in 2010. I was awarded chartership of CILIP in 2007 and am currently going through the revalidation process.

I was divisional secretary for the Career Development Group (Northern Ireland) for many years and initially joined the CILIP Ireland committee as an academic representative for Queen's University. In 2016, I took on the role of Candidate Support Officer, and in late 2016 was elected to take on the Vice-Chair position. I moved into the role of Chair at the beginning of 2020.

As a CILIP Ireland committee member and Chair I look forward to representing you all, and meeting you at some of our events, listening to your issues and what is happening in your workplace, and understanding the challenges you face.

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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