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 HollandKevin 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. Kevin was SLA President 2012-2017.
Aidan Chambers FRSLAuthor, 2002 Hans Andersen Award Winner.
Wendy Cooling MBEWendy Cooling is an eminent figure in the Children’s Books World. As a freelance consultant she works with schools, publishers, libraries and the government on the promotion of literacy and love of books. Wendy was a teacher of English in London secondary schools for many years and left to head up the then Children’s Book Foundation where she initiated the Book Start project, which is now run successfully throughout the country. She is an intrepid traveller – camel fairs in India being one of her favourites ,but her home is in Barnet, Herts.
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce, father of seven, is an established British screenwriter whose credits include God on Trial, Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie and 24 Hour Party People. He lives in Merseyside with his family. Frank’s first book, Millions, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 and has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2004. Millions has also been made into a movie directed by Danny Boyle and was chosen as the Liverpool Reads book for 2005/06.
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.