This episode was originally broadcast as a live webinar on 24 February 2021
Lucy Crompton-Reid – Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK – the national chapter for the global Wikimedia movement and projects. In her role, Lucy has spearheaded a new focus on eradicating inequality and bias on Wikipedia. She also leads the organisation’s work to promote Wikimedia as an important tool in the development of information, media and data literacy skills in an era of misinformation. Lucy has worked in the cultural, voluntary and public sectors for over 20 years, with previous leadership roles including Director of live literature organisation Apples and Snakes, Head of Outreach and Public Engagement at the House of Lords and Director of Creative Partnerships London West at Arts Council England. She is on the British Library Advisory Council and sits on the boards of The Audience Agency and Visible Theatre.
On the panel:
Roly Keating – Chief Executive of the British Library. Roly joined the Library in 2012 after a long and successful career as a programme-maker and broadcasting executive at the BBC, where he launched the digital channel BBC Four in 2002, before moving on to become Controller of BBC Two and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC’s online services including BBC iPlayer. Roly is a member of the board of Channel 4 and a Trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme. He chairs the Conference of European National Librarians and the Steering Committee for the 5-year AHRC-funded research programme Towards a National Collection. Roly holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Lincoln, Warwick and York.
Ayub Khan MBE – Head of Libraries and Cultural services for Warwickshire County Council. His interest extends to international library development, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, particularly as a former refugee himself. He has worked on library projects in several countries for the British Council. In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to libraries and he is past President of CILIP, the UK’s library and information association. Ayub is the Vice-Chair of the Midlands Area Council for Arts Council England. Ayub is a Member of the British Library’s Public Lending Rights committee. Ayub has also joined the Cultural leadership board of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Ayub will become President Elect of Libraries Connected later this year.
Nick Poole – Chief Executive of CILIP, the Chartered Institute for librarians and information professionals. In this role, he works with the Board of Trustees and National Committees to promote the interests of the UK’s 86,000 information professionals. Nick is also Chair of Wikimedia UK, the UK chapter of the global Wikipedia Movement and Chair of BIC Ltd. the book industry supply-chain organisation. Prior to joining CILIP, Nick was Chief Executive of the Collections Trust, the international standards agency for museums based at the Natural History Museum. He has also held roles in corporate finance and Government. He was Chair of the international European Network and has represented the UK on culture and technology in the European Commission.
Pamela Tulloch – Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Library and Information Council. As CEO of the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), Pamela is responsible for providing independent advice to the Scottish Government on Library and Information Services. SLIC has been is developing a new public library strategy for Scotland after successfully leading on the implementation of the Scotland’s first National Strategy for Public Libraries – Ambition and Opportunity (2015-2020). SLIC is also responsible for the implementation of the School Library Strategy – Vibrant Libraries, Thriving School (2018-2023) which it developed in partnership with the sector. SLIC supports the FE and HE libraries, NHS information service, and a number of special interest libraries. Pamela currently sits on the British Library Advisory Council, Carnegie UK Trust Library Lab Advisory Group, University of Strathclyde’s Information Science Industrial Board, First Minister’s Reading Challenge Advisory Group and other library and information related alliances.