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Trustees

The Upper Norwood Library Trust’s current list of trustees.

Laura Wright – Chair Trustee (appointed 10 03 2014)
Jane Gregory – Treasurer Trustee (appointed 23 05 2013)
Pam Gray –  Trustee (appointed 06 12 2012)
Emma Sharville MBE – Trustee (appointed 06 12 2012)
Marcus Lloyd-Davy – Trustee (appointed 10 03 2014)
Zahed Yousuf – Trustee (appointed  04 05 2017)
June O’Sullivan MBE – Trustee (appointed 04 05 2017)
Jo Redhead – Trustee (appointed 04 05 2017)
Jan Bild – Trustee (appointed 04 05 2017)

 

A bit about us:

Laura Wright – Chair of the Trustees

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Since I moved to Gipsy Hill 13 years ago, I have used and loved the library, going to Waggle and Hum sessions when my children were little and using it for homework and pleasure since then. Like many locally I was dismayed at the thought that it might close – I believe that libraries should be at the heart of thriving and caring communities – and so I joined the Trust in order to find practical ways to keep it open for future generations. My background is in arts and business and I believe that we can be more entrepreneurial to benefit the library for the community.

Jane Gregory – Treasurer and Trustee

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I have been a local resident and user of the library for nearly 30 years.  My children loved going there when they were small and it helped foster a lifelong love of books.  I passionately believe a local library service should be available for everyone whatever their age and circumstances and that by developing a community hub based in the library building we can enhance the ways everyone in the community can access and benefit from both the library service and a range of other activities geared to the needs and interests of the local community that will improve and enrich the lives of all. 

As a Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience in charities I am well equipped and committed to carrying out my role as treasurer helping ensure the Trust is well governed financially and makes the most of its resources and the funding available.

 Pam Gray – Trustee

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I have been involved with saving the library for many years, and became a Trustee to continue that commitment, to support the existence & growth of the library as a community hub for the benefit of the diverse & lively local community. My background includes voluntary work in a museum development team & involvement in building preservation trusts. Without exaggeration, the Upper Norwood Library has been the best local library I have ever had : selfishly & stubbornly I want that to continue.

Emma Sharville MBE – former Chair and Trustee

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I am a local mum who helped to set up the Trust over two years ago. I have visited the library on a Saturday morning with my kids for many many years and Crystal Palace wouldn’t be Crystal Palace without the library hub. I have experience in fundraising and social enterprise and wanted to do something practical to help save the library. 

Marcus Lloyd-Davy – Trustee

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I became a trustee in order to use the skills I have to help my local community. I have worked in building management (FM) for in excess of 7 years, and thought the skills I have on a operational level could assist in saving a beloved part of our diverse community. Why the library hub? A library to me is more than just a place to store books, it is a place where young and old, rich or poor can access information. When I was studying for my degree I used my local library to study and get reference information. If I was unable to access that safe environment I may not be where I am today. 

Zahed  Yousuf

Zahed Yousuf, Trustee.

I am a local resident with a keen interest in working with different members of the community to explore how we can support one another. I believe the library hub provides a valuable space for everyone of us in the community to come together to learn from one another and help meet our needs. 

I come with extensive experience as an international development consultant focusing on understanding different ways to support peace and sustainable development in areas affected by conflict. This experience has involved working across a wide range of local and national actors, developing dialogue forums and supporting stakeholder engagement strategies.

June O’Sullivan MBE

I am a local resident with a keen interest in working with different members of the community to explore how we can support one another. I believe the library provides a valuable space for everyone of us in the community to come together to learn from one another and help meet our needs. 

I come with extensive experience as an international development consultant focusing on understanding different ways to support peace and sustainable development in areas affected by conflict. This experience has involved working across a wide range of local and national actors, developing dialogue forums and supporting stakeholder engagement strategies.

Jo Redhead

Jo Redhead Trustee

I have been a user of community libraries my whole life, most recently when studying for a part-time Masters degree when my local library was like a second home. I also spent some time working in my local library as a teenager and saw first-hand the vital role that the library service plays in a community. I always have a book on the go and am a huge advocate for services that allow people to read, learn, and enjoy books for free. My background in digital marketing and business development means I am looking forward to spreading the good work of the Library Hub so that more people will benefit from this great service. 

Jan Bild

Jan Bild Trustee

I have fought for libraries all my life and I’m not going to stop, now I’m retired. A library is at the very heart of its community, a vital resource for everyone . The Upper Norwood Joint Library has existed for 100 years and I want to help it continue for many more. The current refurbishment programme opens up all kinds of new and exciting opportunities to use the space.

Two years ago I moved back to London from Berlin and chose to settle in Crystal Palace. I enjoy living here and want to make a contribution to my neighbourhood’s well-being. I use the library hub regularly and belong to the UNL reading group. I loved libraries so much that I chose librarianship as a career. I have 30 years experience in senior library management. Over time I have seen libraries evolve, change, adapt to financial constraints, always believing passionately in their value. Together I’m sure we can find new ways to develop and sustain our library hub. 300 libraries have been closed in the UK, we must hold on to ours.

Robert Gibson – Co-Chairman Trustee (appointed 06 12 2012 – resigned 11 09 2015)

Community Forum

The Trust is also committed to establish a wider community forum that will meet at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure that the future development of the library as a community learning hub is genuinely informed by the needs and aspirations of local residents it serves.

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