Annual Report 2019-2020
The Board is responsible for the strategic planning and decision-making which take the Association forward. Being elected by your peers to serve on the Board carries lots of benefits and most headteachers recognise the enhancement of your professional status that this brings.
As the SLA is both a company and a charity board members are registered trustees (as a Registered Charity: 313660 in England and Wales, SC039453 in Scotland), and also Directors of the SLA as a Company limited by Guarantee, (registered in England no. 552476).
It is important that the board reflects the widest possible range of sectors, regions and experience and represents the diversity of the United Kingdom. Our trustees have a wide range of skills and new trustees are appointed with any skills gap in mind.
Our vacancies are therefore advertised widely across the library, education and volunteering sectors.
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.
Stephen is currently School Librarian at The Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover. He also undertakes many pastoral roles at this non-selective state boarding school. Stephen has worked in library services since 2005 and is a Past Chair of SLA Kent branch. He has previous experience in Retail Management, Sales, Exports and Logistics.
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 and services to schools and school librarians. She is a Past Chair of CILIP YLG and the Carnegie Greenaway Award.
Lucas is the Librarian at Glenthorpe High School in Sutton and has been working with teenagers in libraries for over ten years. He writes for the Book Riot website and is the creator of #BooklingsChat podcast, a student-led podcast from Glenthorne High School. Lucas was the UK School Librarian of the Year in 2017.
We will be looking for members with enthusiasm and commitment to stand for election to the upcoming vacant positions as they become available. Trustees are normally elected at an AGM in June/July for a three year term (renewable once).
Vacancies are advertised in January for the year beginning July. Following an initial application form and subject to the legal Declaration Form being completed, a shortlist of candidates will progress to interview by a selection committee of Trustees. Recommended candidates will then be put forward to the members for election at the AGM.
There are two vacancies for trustees for the year commencing June 2021. We will open vacancies shortly.