British Library Advisory Council

The Advisory Council supports the Board and leadership of the British Library.

Mandated by the British Library Act 1972, the role of the Advisory Council is “to advise the British Library on any aspect of the development and operation of its services, and its relations with libraries, at home and overseas.”

Its members reflect the broad range of the Library's user groups and audiences, with expertise in one or more areas of relevance to the work of the Library such as culture, business, science, technology, education, research, and academic and public libraries.

Members of the Advisory Council

Tim Brooks (Chair), Formerly MD of Guardian Media Group and CEO of the British Medical Journal. Chairman of NLA Media Access

Robin Adams, Chair, National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications

Emma Adamson, Director of Learning Services, Campuses and Student Services, University of South Wales. Chair of Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum

Andy Beale, Principal and Co-Founder of Stance Global. Formerly Chief Technology Officer, HM Government

Tobias Blanke, Reader and Head of Department in Social and Cultural Informatics, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited

Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Member of the House of Lords

Nicola Guy, Deputy Director, Museums Archives and Libraries Division, Welsh Government

Helen Hammond, Principal, WMC (Working Mens College), The Camden College

Professor Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Digital History, University of Sussex. Co-Director: The Old Bailey Online and London Lives

Elizabeth Hutchinson, Director of Communications and External Relations, British Academy. Formerly Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Goldsmiths University

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette, Stemettes. Ambassador for the British Library’s Business & IP Centre

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive & Librarian, National Library of Wales

Dr John Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive, National Library of Scotland

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Dr Sir Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome. Formerly Deputy CEO and Chief of Strategy, Medical Research Council, and Director of Research, Francis Crick Institute

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive, Scottish Library & Information Council

Secretary to the British Library Advisory Council: Richard Gibby (