Katharine Schopflin : Past-President

Katharine Schopflin



Katharine Schopflin currently manages subscriptions and licensing for Signal Media. She has worked in the corporate sector since 1996 in sectors including media, government and non-profit and roles ranging from researcher to taxonomist. More recently she has worked as a knowledge manager for organisations such as the House of Commons and Medical Defence Union. She publishes regularly in the information press and is the editor of A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014).


Simon Burton : President

Simon Burton



Simon Burton is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of CB Resourcing, a leading knowledge & information management recruitment business.

Simon is President of SLA Europe in 2019 as well as supporting the SLA Europe events committee in engaging with commercial partners.

Marie Grace Cannon : Past President

Marie Grace Cannon

Past President


Marie Grace Cannon gained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University, before studying an MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL. Marie became involved with the SLA when she was awarded the SLA Early Career Conference Award (ECCA) co-sponsored by the Legal Division and attended the annual conference in Chicago in 2012.

Since then, Marie has served as President, Secretary and Blog Editor for SLA Europe, as well as being an active member of the Digital Communications Committee and Legal Division. Marie is currently working as an Knowledge and Information Officer for Clifford Chance, and is a chartered librarian with CILIP.

Rebecca Walsh : Secretary

Rebecca Walsh


Rebecca Walsh is Research Information Officer at the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), with responsibility for the grey literature collection, monitoring regulatory developments and conducting IARD member's literature searches.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Humanities and an MSc in Inforrmation Science from City University. She has over 25 years’ of work experience in a variety of sectors including legal libraries, academic libraries and the health sector.
Laura Williams : Treasurer

Laura Williams


Laura Williams is currently working at the University of Huddersfield as Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Architecture. Graduating from the University of Sheffield Information School with an MA in Librarianship in 2011. Laura then worked in media libraries and archives at both ITV and the BBC. Media library experience includes working as an embedded media manager within television production at the BBC.

Laura joined the SLA Europe Board after winning the Business and Finance Division’s Early Career Conference Award (ECCA) in 2013 and attending the SLA Conference in San Diego. Since then, Laura has served as Awards Chair for SLA Europe, and from 2017 the Treasurer role.  As well as volunteering on the SLA Europe Board, Laura is part of the Digital Communications team for the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus.  Laura is also a member of CILIP working towards Chartership.

Andrew Grave : Events Committee Chair

Andrew Grave

Events Committee Chair


Andrew Grave currently provides training and support to corporate information teams. He helps information professionals add value to their research, trains non-information professionals on information literacy topics and provides cover when required. He runs popular public and in-house courses on analysing companies and markets and understanding company accounts.

He began his information career at the business support agency Business Link, in London. He then moved on to join the UK’s sixth largest accountancy firm, BDO, where he worked for 11 years. His work there spanned competitive intelligence, vendor management and research and analysis

Seema Rampersad : Membership Chair

Seema Rampersad

Membership Chair


Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Seema Rampersad came to London to study Information and Communication. She worked for the Intelligence Unit at the Greater London Authority and for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Business Information Centre for many years. She is still an advocate for traditional library and information services and skills. Though, in both roles she has continued to use new technologies for collaborating across subject areas and borders. At present, she is interested in social media and the use of multimedia as business and professional development tools for managing and delivering information and knowledge.

Claire Sewell : Conference Coordinator

Claire Sewell

Conference Coordinator

Claire Sewell is the Research Support Skills Coordinator within the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University where she is responsible for overseeing the professional development of library staff. She graduated with an MSc in Library and Information Studies from Aberystwyth University in 2013, achieved CILIP Chartership in 2014 and continues to maintain an active presence in the profession.

Matthias Ammon : Awards Committee Chair

Matthias Ammon

Awards Committee Chair

Matthias Ammon is currently working as Research Support Librarian in the Modern and Medieval Languages Library at the University of Cambridge, where he is responsible for managing the Germanic Languages and Film Studies collections and supporting the work of graduate students and academic staff. Prior to that, he was Project Coordinator in Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge, with a particular focus on electronic theses and university-led digital publishing. He retains an interest in Open Access and Open Research, particularly with regard to the humanities.

Matthias holds a PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge (where he also gained his BA and MPhil) and is currently studying as a part time distance learner for a Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies at the University of Aberystwyth. He became involved with SLA after being awarded an Early Career Conference Award co-sponsored by the Science-Technology Division for the 2016 conference in Philadelphia.

Siobhan McGuinness : Chair, Digicomms

Siobhan McGuinness

Chair, Digicomms


Siobhan McGuinness is SLA’s LMD 2016 Career Advancement Award Winner, where she attended SLA’s 2016 Conference in Philadelphia. She is involved in numerous projects and committees, including @uklibchat, and in 2015 she became part of the very successful Rudai 23 program. Committee work includes SLA’s Digital Communications Committee since 2014, and recently became involved with SLA’s Leadership and Management Professional Development Committee.

John Coll : Regional Representative (Scotland)

John Coll

Regional Representative (Scotland)

John Coll is Head of Access at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. He is responsible for all aspects of access at the Library including reading room services and enquiries, events and exhibitions, learning and outreach, digital access as well as the Library’s Visitor centre including its shop and café.

John graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in history and politics and a post-graduate diploma in Library and Information Studies from the College of Librarianship Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience in information provision and has worked in a variety of other organisations including legal libraries and an investment bank. He has a strong interest in resource discovery, audience research and the application of technology to improve customer services.

Ian O’Leary : New Professionals and Student Relations Committee Chair

Ian O’Leary

New Professionals and Student Relations Committee Chair

Ian O’Leary is Information Service Manager at the National Physical Laboratory.  He has eighteen years’ experience in information provision and has worked for libraries in a variety of sectors in Ireland, Australia and the UK.  He is currently interested in open data and information skills applied to new kinds of information roles.  He holds an MA in Philosophy and Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin.

Marie-Madeleine Salmon : Regional representative: France

Marie-Madeleine Salmon

Regional representative: France

Marie-Madeleine Salmon is Head of Information at Publicis in Paris, in France. She is a specialist of marketing and communications devoted to libraries. She is involved in different librarians associations: SLA and ADBS in France, with an interest in promoting international exchanges between colleagues, shared experience and promotion of library careers.

For that purpose, at SLA she initiated and coordinated the ELT (European librarians Theater) at Online Information Exhibition in London, connecting participants from different countries. The objectives are to transform the ELT in a dedicated welcoming place for international and european networking, share and exchange contacts and experiences between different countries concerning libraries, librarians in Europe and outside and share about future of this profession.

Marie-Madeleine has a Masters in Marketing at Dauphine Paris University, and degree in Information Sciences. Her career began in the public sector at the French Ministry of Culture and Development, followed by a number of roles as Head of Information in different advertising agencies. The major themes of her research are: marketing libraries, communication tools for libraries and librarians, techniques of promotion for libraries and social media marketing for libraries. In 2006, Marie-Madeleine received the European Information Professional of the year award from SLA Europe.

Previous Presidents:

2018 Katharine Schopflin
2017 Marie Grace Cannon
2016 John Coll
2015 Sam Wiggins
2014 Donald Roll
2013 Stephen Phillips
2012 Darron Chapman
2011 Sara Batts
2010 Kate Arnold
2009 Geraldine Clement-Stoneham
2007/8 Penny Leach
2006/7 Rachel Kolsky
2005/6 Gill Voisey
2004/5 Liz Blankson-Hemans
2003/4 Neil Infield
2002/3 Kate Arnold
2001/2 Celia Jackson
2000/1 Veronica Kennard
1999/2000 David Mort
1998/9 Michelle Darraugh
1997/8 Sylvia James
1996/7 Janet Tomlinson
1995/6 Cris Kinghorn
1994/5 Stella Trench
1993/4 Nigel Oxbrow
1992/3 Nigel Oxbrow

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