Committee members

Lynsey Hawker – Co-Chair

Lynsey HawkerI currently work as an Information Specialist at the King’s Fund. Before joining the Fund in 2016, I was the librarian at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust where I was responsible for providing library and information services to staff. Previously I spent eight years working as an information professional in a number of roles at St George’s University of London Library in Tooting.


Imrana Ghumra – Co-Chair

I am currently Head of Knowledge Services at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. I have previously worked for the Schools Library Service, Health Education England, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Civil Service but the majority of my career has been in Health Libraries. I have been an active member of CILIP’s Health Libraries Group since 2009 and Co-Chair since 2015. I have an interest in utilising technology and social media for access to evidence based health information; getting best value for money on all products and services as well as marketing, coaching and leadership.


Preeti Puligari – Core Collections Lead

biog_photo_-_preeti_puligariPreeti Puligari is a Deputy Library Manager/Outreach Librarian at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. She has recently been awarded the Level 7 Leadership and Management Qualification from Institute of Leadership and Management [ILM].

Her journey into Librarianship started in India with her first professional post at the British Council libraries (1995-2000) in the capacity of Assistant Librarian.

Since her move to UK in 2001 ,she have worked in various sectors – health information centre, schools and further education libraries- before joining the health sector in 2005. She also completed a Specialist Master’s degree in Electronic Services Management from University of Central England (now Birmingham City University).

She currently is the Chair of the regional groups such as e-procurement and mobile devices in the West Midlands as these are her special interests. She has recently contributed to a systematic review along with a group of librarians on the use of mobile technologies in the health sector and the poster presentation at Oxford, HLG Conference 2014.

She is a Chartered Librarian and successfully Revalidated in January 2016. She also Mentors candidates working towards CILIP’s qualifications.

Emma Ramstead – Honorary Treasurer

emma_ramsteadMy name is Emma Jane Ramstead, I am a deputy library manager at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. I have also worked as an Outreach librarian and an Information Specialist for Map of Medicine. I enjoy literature searching, critical appraisal, setting up alerts and impact assessment. I like to learn and find out what new resources are available to NHS staff.

In my spare time I am the member of two reading groups which keeps me very busy! I also enjoy walking, jogging, socialising, watching Welsh and Scandinavian crime dramas and travelling. I like travelling within the UK, to go on walking expeditions and further afield in mainland Europe to practise my Spanish and French. I am open to feedback and suggestions.

Lesley Allen – Co-CPD Lead

photo_lesley_allen2Library Services Manager, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

I’ve worked in health libraries for 28 years across acute, public health, PCT now community health library services. I have always had an interest in CPD and professional development and have been lucky enough to be able to be involved as lead for the West Midlands Learning and Development Group, represented the West Midlands on the SHALL SDG, and am actively supporting the West Midlands Paraprofessionals organising group. I’m also involved in a second KfH task and finish group, again around staff development. I work locally as a mentor at my Trust, and also as CILIP mentor.

Potenza Atiogbe – Communications Lead


Multiprofessional Education and Library Services Manager, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

I am the Library Services Manager at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. I have strategic responsibility for the library services. I have worked previously in Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as the Acting Head of Library and Knowledge Management and Deputy Head of Library Services. I was a member of the HLG CPD panel and am the Communications Officer on the HLG main committee.


Ruth Carlyle – Policy Lead

Ruth_CarlyleHead of Library and Knowledge Services, HEE Midlands and East

I lead on the Health Libraries Group’s policy activity, responding to consultations and proposing areas for the committee to influence. My background is in health information services within the voluntary sector and my role at Macmillan Cancer Support includes oversight of information and support services, alongside financial support, physical activity and support to help people with cancer to stay in employement. . I have an academic interest in health policy, having recently completed a PhD on public involvement in the National Health Service. I am also an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck College, London.

Alison Paul – Membership secretary

I am currently the Acting Library and Knowledge Manager at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. Previously I was an Outreach Librarian at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. I have over 20 years experience of working in health libraries including academic, departmental, private company and NHS. I am also membership secretary of the Libraries for Nursing Subject Group.

Yasmin Noorani – International Lead

Academic Support Librarian, College of Human Sciences, Bangor Universityyasmin

My role as a University Academic Support librarian includes teaching literature searching skills to undergraduate and postgraduate health science, nursing, midwifery and medical science students. I provide 1-2-1 support with systematic reviews and scoping reviews for researchers and staff. Students’ 1-2-1 support  includes help with literature searching, referencing, and reference management software. My remit includes line-managing staff at another campus in Wrexham.

I was on the local organizing committee, for the EAHIL Conference that took place in Cardiff 2018 and joined the HLG Committee in 2019.


Richard Bridgen – Conference Director

RichardKnowledge Systems Manager for HEE Midlands and East since 2018, Richard is responsible for resource discovery and systems in the East Midlands, West Midlands and the East of England. He also works with HEE colleagues on national resource discovery projects. Previously, Richard was Head of Knowledge Services, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and Head of Library and Knowledge Services at United Lincolnshire Hospitals, 2007-2016.

I joined the HLG Committee in 2009 and held the post of Assistant Treasurer before becoming Secretary 2010 – 2012. I am currently Conference Director for the HLG Conference.

Helene Gorring – Events Coordinator

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trusthelene

I have been Library Services Manager for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust since 2006. Prior to this I managed library services for Coventry Primary Care Trust and set up an Open Learning Centre for Birmingham Social Services. My role on the HLG Committee is that of International Officer. I was also the lead for Core Collections where I oversaw the revised editions of the Medical, Nursing and Mental Health titles over the last three years.


Sarah Hennessy – Committee member

I currently work as a Librarian in a Mental Health setting at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I was recruited in March 2013 to help drive the library service forward, introducing new initiatives such as knowledge management, improved communications and marketing, literature searching and critical appraisal training, etc. along with supporting strategic planning and development.

Until then I was a Clinical Librarian at NHS Direct, having worked there for 12 years. Here I was responsible for developing and maintaining an up to date library and information service for NHS Direct, specifically aimed at information for the patient, and also contributing to the development of the Patient Decision Aids and Health and Symptom Checkers. I also later supported clinical research and undertook searches contributing to Systematic Reviews.

In addition to my role within the Trust I actively engage in other networks to raise awareness of health libraries and contribute to the development of the skills and expertise of the health library workforce. I am co-Chair of the CILIP Health Libraries Group as well as being the Conference Lead for #HLG2016 and a previous Chair of Libraries for Nursing (now HLG Nursing). I also sit on the Patient Information Forum (PiF) Advisory Board and am currently enjoying participating in the CILIP Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme.

I have an MSc in Information Studies from Leeds, have studied masters level modules in Facilitating Information Literacy Education (London) and Critical Appraisal (Huddersfield and have completed a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, Wakefield).


Sub Group Representatives

Phillip Barlow – HLG Nursing Lead

Phillip BarlowI am currently the NHS Support Librarian at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, which is part of Imperial College London’s Library Service. I joined the HLG Committee in 2015 as HLG Nursing Lead, having previously served as a committee member of Libraries for Nursing. In addition, I am also the editor of HLG Nursing Bulletin.
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Maria Grant – HILJ Editor (Ex-Officio)

Maria_J_GrantI am Editor-in-Chief of the CILIP Health Libraries Group ISI listed Health Information and Libraries Journal. I have a background in information science and has published widely including a typology of reviews and associated methodologies and as Lead Editor of the “Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value”. I am a freelance trainer in professional academic writing, and mid-career Doctoral Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University using constructivist grounded theory to explore how academics acquire the skills to write for publication. I established the Grounded Theory Network at Liverpool John Moores University alongside my blog The Grounded Theorist and @GroundedTheory Twitter account ( ORCID ID:
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Rachel Gledhill – HLG Newsletter Editor

image0Knowledge and Evidence Specialist, Public Health England

I have worked in public health since 2016, and enjoy supporting evidence reviews, delivering training, and am passionate about the importance of health literacy. Prior to working at PHE, I completed my graduate traineeship in an NHS library, moved on to manage a prison library at HMP Bronzefield, and then moved to a law library with a focus on health and social care.

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