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SLA People

The Board

The School Library Association is managed by a Board, elected by SLA members for a period of three years. There are currently two sub-committees, for Publications and Training.

The SLA's Board is the strategic planning body for the Association, and the input of new board members, bringing fresh ideas and approaches, is essential.

The nomination period for new members of the Board, to serve from June 2015 to June 2018, will be announced in the winter edition of The School Librarian. Voting will take place online in early 2015.

SLA President

Kevin Crossley-Holland Kevin Crossley-Holland (President 2012-2015)

Kevin Crossley-Holland's 'Arthur' trilogy has been translated into twenty-three languages, and has sold over one million copies worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries across the country. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His novel Bracelet of Bones was published by Quercus in 2011.

SLA Patrons

Tim BowlerTim Bowler

Author, Carnegie Medal winner

Tim Bowler has written over twenty books for teenagers and won fifteen awards, including the Carnegie Medal for River Boy. He has been described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the master of the psychological thriller' and by the Independent as 'one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction'. His works include Midget, Shadows, Storm Catchers, Starseeker, Apocalypse, Frozen Fire, Bloodchild, Buried Thunder, Sea of Whispers and the Blade series. His most recent novels are Night Runner and Game Changer. His books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.


Aidan Chambers Aidan Chambers FRSL

Author, 2002 Hans Andersen Award Winner

Wendy Cooling MBEWendy Cooling

Consultant, Founder of Bookstart

Officers 2014 - 2015

  • Chair: Karen Horsfield
    Resources for Learning, Somerset
  • Vice-Chair: Annike Dase
    School Librarian, Kent
  • Treasurer: Susan Staniforth
    Library Services for Education, Gloucestershire
  • Past Chair: Lin Smith
    School Librarian, Derbyshire

Board Members

  • Publications Co-ordinator: Geoff DubberE-mail geoff.dubber(at)
  • The School Librarian Features Editor: Steve HirdE-mail sleditor(at)
  • The School Librarian Reviews Editor: Joy Court E-mail reviews(at)
  • ict[at]sla Editor: Bev Humphrey E-mail ict.editor(at)
  • Elected Members:
    • Rosalind Buckland (2014-2017)
    • Carl Cross  (2014-2017)
    • Sally Dring (2013-2016)
    • Rachael Hine (2013-2016)
    • Nikki Heath (2012-2015)
    • Liz Smith (2014-2017) 
    • Duncan Wright (2012-2015)

SLA Staff