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Meet The Committee

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Laura Bennett


Laura Bennett is a librarian with Tower Hamlets School Library Service and runs multiple primary school libraries within the borough. She is excited to take part in the Campaign and passionate to make the case for primary school libraries everywhere. Outside of libraries she is a keen archer and brass player.

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Anne De'Ath

Anne De’Ath has worked in secondary School Libraries (Comprehensive/Independent), in the Glasgow area for 30+ years.
After gaining her MCLIP qualification she focused on promoting literacy via events (authors, festivals, transition work with cluster primaries, working with various departments and outside agencies). She illustrated these skills and her networking ability in GSL Phase 1.
To relax she enjoys watching cricket, cooking, learning about the Arts and meeting people.

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Leia Sands

Leia Sands is a school librarian in a local authority primary school in West Sussex. She has extensive experience of working in different settings to develop a reading for pleasure culture and promote a love of books, through varied roles such as primary school teacher, local authority English consultant and family learning tutor.

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Rachel Huskisson

Rachel Huskisson is a school librarian working in an independent school in Derby. She has been working in school libraries since 2016 and public libraries prior to this. She is a CILIP member and currently working towards chartership and passionate about equity of school library provision. Outside of work, she runs a wellbeing cafe in the local community and is a strong advocate of libraries supporting wellbeing as well as a love of learning and reading for relaxation.

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Alison King

Alison King is a school librarian based in an independent school in Cardiff. She was a judge for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medal in the 2020-2021 cycle and sits on the committees for YLG Wales, YLG National and SLG. Alison is a passionate advocate for staffed school libraries in every school and a champion of reading for pleasure. Away from her work environment, she is a keen writer with publication credits online and in print.

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Sally Le Marquand

Sally Le Marquand is a school librarian in a state primary in South West London. She is particularly interested in the research around reading motivation in children and has applied this to underpin the reading for pleasure programme in her school. Sally is a passionate advocate of school libraries and the crucial role they play in children's well-being, and creating life-long readers and learners. Previously, her experience has included roles in educational administration and parliamentary campaigning.

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