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 team in SLA HQ (based in Swindon) are then responsible for implementing the plan, and the day to day management of the charity.
The President and Patrons help spread the message about the SLA and our aims.
The role of the President is to promote and support the SLA.
Chris Riddell OBE is President 2017-2020. Chris was the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate and is a British illustrator, artist, children’s writer and political cartoonist for The Observer. He has won three Kate Greenaway Medals, the British librarian’s annual award for the best-illustrated children’s book.
Some of his other work for Macmillan includes children’s books; The Emperor of Absurdia, and bestselling series Goth Girl. Chris lives in Brighton with his family. He can often be found on Twitter and Facebook broadcasting utterly mesmerising live drawing sessions.
The role of the SLA patrons is to support and promote the SLA through various activities, writing and discussions.
Kevin Crossley Holland
Aidan Chambers FRSL
Wendy Cooling MBE
Frank Cottrell Boyce
A background in managing Coventry Schools Library Service but ‘retired’ to focus entirely on books! Proud to be Reviews Editor of The School Librarian, Past Chair of CILIP CKG Medals and Board Member UKLA. Author of Read to Succeed and Reading By Right plus numerous SLA Riveting Reads. Passionate about the right of every child to have their life chances enhanced by becoming lifelong readers. The school library is essential to making that happen and I see my job as Reviews Editor is to ensure that all our members know about the best books out there!
I have been the school librarian in St. Patrick’s College Dungannon, County Tyrone for over twenty years, and my other responsibilities have included teaching, training, and social media work. I am passionate about the impact made by school libraries, and my current focus is on the theme of Critical Literacy - and how the library can provide the resources and expertise to educate students and staff.
Former school librarian, now a Literacy and Technology Consultant with a passion for digital media, books and encouraging young people to read. Accelerated Reader and Accessit trainer , CILIP SLG Web Manager and Advisory School Librarian. Avid social media user, ipad enthusiast and Harry Potter lover.
Qualified Chartered School Librarian with over thirty years’ experience working in various schools. Now offering consultancy, training and advice on a freelance basis. Past President CILIP; school governor; charity trustee; worked with numerous literacy –related organisations. Writer, editor, reader, knitter.