Meet The Team

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Caroline Roche


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Caroline 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. 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 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!)


Barbara Band


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Barbara is a qualified and award-winning librarian with over thirty years' experience working in a wide range of schools and sectors, now delivering freelance support, training and advice. An international speaker and writer, she is features editor of The School Librarian, CILIP Past President, founder of the UK Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award, CILIP School Libraries Group Treasurer-Elect, and Chair of the Library Services Trust. Barbara believes that school libraries have a vital role - in supporting reading, in encouraging learning through inquiry, and in providing a space that engenders wellbeing.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson


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Elizabeth is a chartered librarian and Fellow of CILIP. She is an independent trainer and adviser for school libraries. Elizabeth was awarded a BEM for services to libraries in 2020, is an international speaker, a committee member for CILIP SLG, blogger and a regular columnist in the CILIP Information Professional. She is the founder of #LibraryStaffLoveLearning which provides CPD for school library staff. As a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award Elizabeth believes in the impact of school libraries through inquiry learning, and the need for students to become independent learners and critical thinkers. .


Sue McGonigle

Teaching rep

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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.

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Claire Bowles

Peters rep

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Claire is the Sales and Marketing Director 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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Nicki Cleveland

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Nicki 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 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.


Anne De'Ath

Scotland rep

Anne is a chartered librarian who graduated from Strathclyde University with a PG in Information and Library Studies.  She has worked as a school-based librarian in and around the Glasgow area for over 20 years. She also worked with the associated primaries. Anne chaired a Library Committee (Staff and pupils) to develop and promote the Library within the School, made sure the Library took part in School-based events and developed Information Literacy with various departments working closely with as many staff as possible to encourage Library usage. Anne took Voluntary Redundancy in 2016 and now works part-time in the Library at Hutchesons’ Grammar School (Secondary campus).


Terri McCargar

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Chartered, qualified librarian at Latymer Upper School and committee member, Trinity Schools Book Awards (TSBA). Terri has spoken at conferences (SLG, JCS) and is passionate about the role that school librarians play in supporting not only students’ reading but also their critical thinking and information literacy. She is excited to join the GSL working party to help spread the word that every child deserves a great school library.

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Sue Bastone

SLA rep

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A recently retired school librarian with nearly 30 years’ experience and a Fellow of CILIP, Sue’s many roles include managing large library departments and staff and the development of library services across primary and secondary schools.  She has been a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure and digital and information literacy across the curriculum.  Chair of SLYA 2018, SLYA Honour List 2010 and Chair of SLA Central and East Berkshire 2010-14, she is also a BBC 500 words judge and a judge for the Branford Boase Award 2020.  She is currently Vice-Chair of the SLA and will become Chair in July 2020.

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Alison Tarrant

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Alison 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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Agnès Guyon

Scotland rep

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Agnès is a former secondary school teacher and is now Senior Librarian for School, Children and Young People's Services at East Lothian Council. She is responsible for the children and young people's portfolio for public libraries as well as the School Library Service, which includes the line-management the 6 secondary school librarians in East Lothian and one Community Librarian based in a primary school. She is current trustee of the School Library Association and of CILIPS and was Chair of CILIP YLG and the Carnegie Greenaway Award in 2015.

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Cath Skipper

Northern Ireland rep

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Cath is the school librarian at Campbell College, Belfast. She is the Secretary of the School Library Association in Northern Ireland, a member of the CILIP Ireland committee, and one of the organisers of the Northern Ireland Book Award. She believes that great school libraries foster an enjoyment of reading for pleasure, develop critical information skills needed for life, and support pupils pastorally through the provision of a safe, welcoming and inclusive space – and she is determined that every child deserves this support.

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Dr Jane Secker

Higher Education rep

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Jane is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City University. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners, the second edition which was published in June 2016, co-authored with Chris Morrison.

Her research interests include digital and information literacy, copyright education and the role of technologies in supporting learning. She is a Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and co-founder of the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). She devised A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) with Emma Coonan which is framework for supporting learning in higher education and has written and spoken widely on her research. Jane has been a member of the Universities UK Copyright Negotiation and Advisory Committee since 2006, which negotiates licenses for the higher education sector with bodies such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).

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Stéphane Goldstein

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Stéphane is Executive Director of InformAll. He previously led on the Research Information Network’s information literacy activities over five years, during which time he laid the basis for InformAll , initially a collaborative venture and now a social enterprise aimed at promoting the relevance, importance and benefits of IL in the library world and beyond. In that capacity, he has undertaken research and analysis, produced reports and tools and facilitated multi-stakeholder working. He is the Advocacy & Outreach Officer on the CILIP Information Literacy Group and is an RSA Fellow.

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Nina Simon

SLS rep

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Nina is a chartered librarian who has worked at Redbridge Schools’ Library Service for the past seventeen years and now manages the service.  She is also the Schools’ Library Service rep on the ASCEL National Committee and designed and oversees the SLS-UK website.  She is a passionate believer in reading for pleasure both for escapism and development of learning.  Nina also feels it is vitally important to support primary and secondary school librarians who are too often isolated and marginalised.