Libraries Unlimited leadership line up announced

A Magistrate from East Devon, an Exeter based Artistic Director, an expert Business Growth Coach and a former BBC World Service Journalist are among those who have been appointed to help run Devon’s libraries.

Libraries Unlimited, the new independent public service mutual set up by the County Council and tasked with delivering Devon’s library service from April, has recruited four independent trustees to join its board. Two staff trustees and two community trustees will also join the board, after being elected as representatives by their peers.

Alongside the organisation’s new Chief Executive Ciara Eastell and the Board’s Chair, Julie Dent, they will work with library staff to deliver a modern, vibrant and sustainable library service for Devon.

Julie DentJulie said:

“I am so pleased to welcome our new trustees to the board. They bring with them a wealth of skills that will be vital to the success of Libraries Unlimited.

“From developing enterprise within education and volunteering with the Samaritans, to working in libraries, litigation and running a domiciliary care agency, the diversity in their experience is remarkable, and that is what will be absolutely key to the board’s success.

“Each of them has a real passion for the future of Devon’s libraries, and with their collective vision, expertise and creativity, they will no doubt make a vital contribution to the new organisation and help us develop and grow sustainably.”

Ciara EastellCiara said:

“The board will be collectively responsible for setting and reviewing the organisation’s strategic direction in line with its charitable objectives, which is a challenging task.

“This is a significant period of change for the library service in Devon, and we need the right mix of skills and experience to make it a success.

“With a combination of independent, staff and community trustees, I am confident that we will have a strong, effective and diverse board in place to steer the organisation forward.

“I am looking forward to working with the new board, and our dedicated library staff and community groups, over the coming months as Libraries Unlimited embarks on the next chapter of this exciting venture.”

Cllr Roger CroadCllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for the library service, said:

“It was encouraging to have such a positive response  during the recruitment of the trustees. Such support is vital to the future of our libraries in Devon, and the formation of the board is a crucial stage in ensuring Libraries Unlimited is a success.

“With representatives from both the community and staff, the trustees provide a range of skills and experience that will no doubt prove valuable to ensure that this popular and well regarded service continues to thrive.”

To find out more about the new trustees, visit the ‘Meet the Board’ page.