I have been responsible for Libraries Services in Brighton & Hove since 1998. I played a leading role in the success of the Jubilee Library, developed through a PFI (Private Finance Initiative), which opened to critical acclaim in 2005. Jubilee Library, which achieved 16 awards and was short-listed for the internationally renowned Stirling Prize, is now the most successful library in the south east of England, with nearly one million visitors each year.
As a member of the National Executive for the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) from 2009-15, I was active in the development of public libraries at a national level. I lead the development of a Public Library Universal Information Offer, and worked with Government Digital Services in the Cabinet Office to support the development of Assisted Digital Services as part of the Government’s digital by default agenda.
From 2006 until its closure in 2008, I was a Board member of Museums, Libraries and Archives Council South East, and Chair of the SCL South East regional group. Before moving into public libraries in 1994, I worked in further and higher education libraries, and also had a spell at the BBC Reference Library in London.