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.
Richard Gerver began his career in education as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, he famously transformed the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world.
Richard has since transitioned to the global stage to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches, drawing upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. It is this authenticity and uniqueness which has led to Richard speaking on the most recognised stages, including TED, the RSA and BBC radio.
Richard became the President of the SLA in December 2020.
The role of the SLA patrons is to support and promote the SLA through various activities, writing and discussions.
Aidan Chambers FRSL
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Juno Dawson is a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and a columnist for Attitude Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, The Pool, Dazed and the Guardian. She has also appeared on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight. Her novels include the bestselling Clean, and the recent Wonderland. She is also working in TV and film as a screenwriter and occasional actress.
Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten, before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton. She is a part of the queer cabaret collective known as CLUB SILENCIO. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.
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.