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Presidential Team and Chairs

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.

Immediate Past President

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.

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.


Caroline Brazier

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.

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.

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 Llandrillo 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.

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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