Meet the team

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Alison Tarrant

Alison Tarrant is the Chief Executive of the School Library Association, and a Bookseller Rising Star 2018. Previously, she worked as a school librarian; setting up a library in a brand new school, and consequently overseeing the expansion of the Library. During that time she was on the middle management team and held roles as Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator and a form tutor. She was on the Honour List for the SLA School Librarian of the Year in 2016. Alison was a Trustee for the SLA and Chair of the Youth Libraries Group Eastern before her appointment to the SLA.

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Caroline Roche

Caroline Roche is a School Librarian working in an independent school in Eltham, South East London.  She is also the Chair of CILIP's School Libraries Group, and is on the working party of Great School Libraries.  Caroline has worked for over 20 years in both private and state schools, and is a passionate advocate for the equality of provision that school libraries bring. She also believes that school libraries are vital to the mental health of children, providing a safe space in schools for pupils to turn to in the busy rush of the day.  She reads Young Adult books voraciously, so that she can recommend good books to her students (and because she loves them!)

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Elizabeth Hutchinson

Elizabeth is an independent trainer and adviser in all aspects of school libraries. She runs an online forum to provide CPD for school library staff. Elizabeth is an international speaker, vice-Chair of the GSL campaign, a committee member for CILIP SLG, renowned blogger and a regular columnist in the CILIP Information Professional. As a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award Elizabeth believes in the importance of school libraries and demonstrating how they can impact student learning and enhance teaching.  


Sue McGonigle

After twenty years teaching and management experience in London primary schools Sue joined The Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) where she was Senior Adviser. Until recently Sue lectured in Primary English at UCL Institute of Education. She is currently an independent consultant and co-creator of a website for families and schools promoting reading for pleasure.


Barbara Band

Chartered, qualified and award-winning librarian with over thirty years’ experience working in a range of schools and sectors. International speaker, trainer, library and reading consultant offering a wide array of advice and support. CILIP Past President, SLA Features Editor. Former school governor. Founder UK Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award.

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Claire Bowles

Claire Bowles is the Head of Sales and Marketing for Peters, the UK’s leading supplier of books and furniture for schools, academies, and public libraries. Prior to working at Peters, she worked for two national charities in marketing and fundraising.  She loves working with schools and libraries and is passionate that every child should have access to a great school library.

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Cathal Coyle

Cathal Coyle is a school librarian in St. Patrick’s College Dungannon, County Tyrone and is currently the Publications Co-ordinator for the School Library Association.  He is passionate about libraries and literacy including the promotion of the ‘Young News Readers’ campaign in his school to create better awareness of Critical Literacy.  Cathal has also written articles on cultural and educational issues for a range of publications over the past decade, including three books with The History Press.

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Nicki Cleveland

Nicki Cleveland is currently a School Librarian & Higher Level Teaching Assistant at a primary school in Coventry, and is working towards CILIP chartership. She aims to make reading rock for all of the children at her school and all the evidence shows that despite her limited time and budget, her approach has not only improved academic results for the school, but she has also changed the way the teaching staff think about reading. Nicki is on the School Librarian of the Year 2018 Honour List and her mantra is if you want children to love books and stories, it’s not enough to tell them to read, you have to show them why they should, which is why children need great school libraries from the moment they enter education

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Yvonne Morris

Yvonne Morris is Research and Foresight Manager at CILIP.  A Chartered Librarian she works regularly on school library issues and brought together “Beating Heart of the School”, a 2014 report by the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group about improving educational attainment through school libraries and librarians. Her wide ranging portfolio also includes copyright, open access, research data management, e-lending, professional ethics and equalities. Prior to joining CILIP, Yvonne was an Information Officer at the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She started her library and information career at the National Council for Civil Liberties, before moving to the London School of Economics Library and then to the University of Brighton. For almost five years she worked in publishing, initially in sales and marketing before moving into foreign rights management.