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SLA People

The Board

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 nomination period for new members of the Board, to serve from June 2019 to June 2022, will be announced in the winter edition of The School Librarian. Voting will take place online in early 2019.

SLA President

Chris Riddell Chris Riddell OBE (President 2017-2020)

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, 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. You can find Chris Riddell on Twitter as [at]chrisriddell50 and on his website at chrisriddell.co.uk.

SLA Patrons

Crossley Holland KevinKevin Crossley-Holland (SLA President 2012-2017)

Kevin 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.

Tim BowlerTim Bowler

Author, Carnegie Medal winner


Tim Bowler has written over twenty books for teenagers and won fifteen awards, including the Carnegie Medal for River Boy. He has been described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the master of the psychological thriller' and by the Independent as 'one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction'. His works include Midget, Shadows, Storm Catchers, Starseeker, Apocalypse, Frozen Fire, Bloodchild, Buried Thunder, Sea of Whispers and the Blade series. His most recent novels are Night Runner and Game Changer. His books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.


Aidan Chambers Aidan Chambers FRSL

Author, 2002 Hans Andersen Award Winner


Wendy Cooling MBEWendy Cooling

Consultant, Founder of Bookstart

Frank Cottrell BoyceFrank Cottrell Boyce, SLA Patron

Author and Screenwriter

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.

Frank’s second novel, Framed, was published in September 2005 and followed the success of Millions, being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Prize. It was also selected as a Booked Up title in 2007 and was made into a BBC feature-length film in 2009. Frank’s third novel, Cosmic, was published in June 2008 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Frank was asked by the Fleming Estate to write the official sequel to Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which he accepted. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again was published in October 2011. The follow up, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time, was published in September 2012 and there is a third book in the series, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon", published June 2014.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2012.

Having worked with director Danny Boyle on Millions, Danny asked Frank to be part of the team creating the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. Frank worked on the project for two years as the official scriptwriter. The ceremony was met with worldwide acclaim and even included a section inspired by children’s books.

Officers 2018- 2020

  • Chair: Lesley Martin
    School Librarian, St George's School, Munich
  • Vice-Chair: Sue BastoneLibrary Consultant
  • Treasurer: Margaret Pemberton
    Library Consultant

Board Members

  • Publications Co-ordinator: Cathal CoyleE-mail cathal.coyle(at)sla.org.uk
  • The School Librarian Features Editor: Barbara BandE-mail sleditor(at)sla.org.uk
  • The School Librarian Reviews Editor: Joy Court E-mail reviews(at)sla.org.uk
  • SLA Digital Editor: Bev Humphrey E-mail digital(at)sla.org.uk
  • Elected Members:
    • Sally Dring (2016 - 2019)
    • Agnes Guyon (2018 - 2021)
    • Joan Kelly (2018 - 2021)
    • Stephen King (2018 - 2021)
    • Ellen Krajewski (2018 - 2021)
    • Lucas Maxwell (2018 - 2021)
    • Amy McKay (2017 - 2020)

SLA Staff

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