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 team in SLA HQ (based in Swindon) are then responsible for implementing the plan, and the day to day management of the charity.
The President and Patrons help spread the message about the SLA and our aims.
AlisonAlison focuses on outreach, delivering training, links to other organisations, implementing the board strategy and vision.
AnnAnn deals predominantly with new members, training, online courses, branch admin and general membership enquiries.
JaneJane deals predominantly with finance, publications, mentoring and general membership enquiries.
DawnDawn deals with library work based enquiries, branch updates, resources and advice documents for the website.
RichardRichard does the typesetting, cover design, layout of the publications as well as designing marketing materials.
The role of the President is to promote and support the SLA.
Chris Riddell OBE is President 2017-2020. Chris was the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate and 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. He can often be found on Twitter and Facebook broadcasting utterly mesmerising live drawing sessions.
The role of the SLA patrons is to support and promote the SLA through various activities, writing and discussions.
Kevin Crossley HollandKevin 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. Kevin was SLA President 2012-2017.
Aidan Chambers FRSLAuthor, 2002 Hans Andersen Award Winner.
Wendy Cooling MBEWendy Cooling is an eminent figure in the Children’s Books World. As a freelance consultant she works with schools, publishers, libraries and the government on the promotion of literacy and love of books. Wendy was a teacher of English in London secondary schools for many years and left to head up the then Children’s Book Foundation where she initiated the Book Start project, which is now run successfully throughout the country. She is an intrepid traveller – camel fairs in India being one of her favourites ,but her home is in Barnet, Herts.
Frank Cottrell Boyce
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.