HLG75 – Speakers

David Stewart MBE

Before retiring in March 2022, David was Director of Health Libraries North, leading the strategic development, co-ordination and monitoring of all NHS library and knowledge services across the North of England. His previous posts have included Director of Information Services at the Royal Society of Medicine and Deputy Director of Health Libraries in Oxford Region. David now works as an independent consultant in library and information sciences.

In 2018, he served as Vice President of CILIP, before in 2019 becoming CILIP’s President. During his tenure, his presidential theme was “The importance of evidence to underpin the difference that library services make”. In addition to his service as both President and Vice-President, David is also a former CILIP Trustee, and is founder of both the CHILL and HEALER networks.

In the 2021 the New Year’s Honours list, David was recognised for his services to the NHS and voluntary services to Information Management with the award of an MBE.

Hayley Chevell

Hayley Chevell is a Senior Information Assistant within the Academic Liaison Team at Coventry University Library. She recently graduated from the University of Sheffield after successfully completing the MA Library and Information Services Management programme and has a strong interest in student engagement activities and wellbeing initiatives.

Hong-Anh Nguyen

Hong-Anh works in the King’s Fund’s Library team. Alongside managing the day-to-day running of the library space and public enquiry service, she also leads on current awareness services and social media for the team. Her role includes cataloguing, training and providing research support to the Fund’s policy and leadership and organisational development staff.

Hong-Anh joined the Fund in 2010 with more than ten years’ experience in different sectors, including higher education; services for children and young people; museums; and public libraries. She is a fully qualified librarian and graduated from the School of Information at the University of Sheffield in 2010 with a MA in librarianship.


Imrana Ghumra

Imrana is currently Head of Knowledge Services at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. She has previously worked for the Schools Library Service, Health Education England, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Civil Service, although the majority of her career has been in Health Libraries.

Imrana has been an active member of CILIP’s Health Libraries Group since 2009 and Co-Chair since 2015. She has 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.

Jenny Craven

Jenny Craven is an Information Specialist at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK. Her work involves providing information expertise for a range of evidence-based products, including health technology appraisals, clinical guidelines and interventional procedures. She is involved in the information skills training programme for staff at NICE and is also joint editor of the book, Systematic searching: practical ideas for improving results, published by Facet in 2019. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM) at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK; this was on practical projects, with a particular focus on improving access to information for people with visual impairments. During this time, she was on the standing committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities group and, for the FORCE Foundation charity, ran a series of workshops in developing countries on providing accessible library and information services. 

Jenny Kendrick

Jenny joined the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) In January 2008 as an Assistant Information Specialist. Her current role as an Information Specialist involves providing specialist information expertise which underpins the development of evidence-based guidance products at NICE mainly working on the clinical guidelines and medical technologies programmes. She is also involved in a number of internal projects, one of these involved looking at the comparison of searching the Cochrane library database via three different search interfaces. She attended the HEE/CILIP leadership programme in 2018; as part of this she was involved in creating a toolkit for Health Information Week that year.

Lynsey Hawker

Lynsey Hawker works in the King’s Fund’s Library team. As an information specialist she fields incoming queries to the enquiry desk, undertakes literature searches for both internal and external clients and contributes to the regular current awareness bulletins produced by the team.

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

Lynsey also serves as the Co-chair of HLG.


Nick Poole

Nick is the Chief Executive of CILIP, where he works with the Board of Trustees and Presidential Team to set strategy and lead programmes to advance the interests of CILIP Members. Nick currently represents the sector on the Government Media Literacy Taskforce and holds the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries, Information and Knowledge (APPG LiNK). Nick was previously Chair of Wikimedia UK, the UK chapter of the global Wikipedia Movement and is the former Chair of the Executive Board of BIC Ltd.

Nick has previously held roles in museums, central Government and corporate finance. He has been principal investigator on research-led programmes with a budget in excess of €110m and was for 7 years the UK representative to the European Commission. He studied languages at University and holds postgraduate qualifications in Historical Linguistics from the University of Cambridge, Fine Art and Illustration from London University of the Arts and the History and Philosophy of Science from Birkbeck College.

Rachel Gledhill

Rachel is a Knowledge and Evidence Specialist at the UK Health Security Agency.  She has worked in public health since 2016 and enjoys supporting evidence reviews, delivering training, and is passionate about the importance of health literacy. She also leads on the collection of practice examples, which capture public health practitioners’ experiences of implementing programmes and projects.

Prior to working in public health, Rachel worked in NHS library based in a mental health trust, moved on to manage a prison library at HMP Bronzefield, and then worked a law library with a focus on health and social care.

Rachel is the Editor of the HLG Newsletter

Ruth Carlyle

Ruth Carlyle is a member of the Health Libraries Group committee, on which she acts as the Policy Lead.

Ruth began her career as a health librarian in the voluntary sector, setting up, delivering and advising on health information services. She ran health information services at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Eczema Society and then joined Macmillan Cancer Support to support the development of local Macmillan cancer information and support services, mostly in partnership with the NHS.

She joined Health Education England in April 2017 as Head of knowledge and Library Services across the East of England and the Midlands, extending from April 2021 to include the North of England. In this role, she provides professional advice and strategic leadership to NHS knowledge and library services based within NHS organisations.

Ruth is the co-lead nationally for NHS libraries’ work on health literacy and patient information, including collaborations to identify and address inequities in access and skills for health and digital literacy amongst members of the public. Her doctorate is on public involvement in decision making in the NHS.

Sharon Davison

Sharon serves as the Academic Liaison Librarian for all sports courses associated with the school of health and life sciences at Coventry University.   She has an interest in health and well-being and is keen to ensure the library supports students in maintaining a work/life balance. 

In a previous library role, she witnessed students sat at a computer, staring at a screen for many hours without taking a break.  She has also met many individuals who are balancing family life, employment, caring responsibilities, and their studies.  She believes that the library is the ideal environment for fun and creative activities and can also provide a space for quiet contemplation. 

Over the past 8 years she has been involved in running events/activities for students inside and outside the library (often working with other areas such as the Student Union and Coventry University Spirituality & Faith Centre and more recently the Student Success Coaches) to promote the importance of well-being.

Sue Lacey Bryant

Sue Lacey Bryant is the Chief Knowledge Officer and National Lead for NHS Knowledge and Library Services, at Health Education England. Passionate about bringing knowledge to bear on decision-making in healthcare, Sue leads a national team, working with health librarians around England, and in partnership with other national organisations, to strengthen our ability to bring Knowledge for Healthcare.  

Setting out in academic libraries, Sue worked for The Library Association, as part of the education team. Initially joining the NHS as a Health Education/Information Officer, Sue launched one of the first telephone healthlines in the UK. Later enjoying a portfolio career, Sue forged innovative roles a Practice Librarian, worked with the National Library for Health, Doctors.net.uk and an NGO. Becoming a knowledge manager and then a Chief Knowledge Officer in primary care, Sue went on to become Director of a Clinical Commissioning Group before joining HEE.  

Drawing on experience as Review Programme Manager for the Topol Review, Sue instigated CILIP’s research report on the impact of AI, machine learning and robotics on the information professions. Sue received the CILIP Knowledge & Information Management Walford Award in 2018. Sue has been active in the professional body throughout her a career, and serves as Chair of CILIP Board of Trustees.

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