The British Library's organisation and strategic leadership team

Responsibility for managing the Library is delegated to the Chief Executive who, as Accounting Officer, is personally responsible to Parliament for the stewardship of public money and the Library’s assets, and for ensuring that the resources allocated to the Library under the authority of Parliament are used for the purposes intended by Parliament.

Management of the Library is led by the Chief Executive, Chief Librarian and Chief Operating Officer, and includes the following areas of responsibility.

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive has direct oversight of corporate affairs and marketing, development and fundraising, governance, and strategy development.

Chief Librarian

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Chief Librarian's areas of responsibility include business audiences, collections and curation, collection management, culture and learning, digital scholarship, international engagement, research and HE.

Chief Operating Officer

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Chief Operating Officer's areas of responsibility include commercial services, estates and facilities, finance, legal services and procurement, human resources, operations, reader and reference services, risk management and assurance, security and safety management, and technology.

Strategic Leadership Team

Mercedes Aguirre

Interim Head of European, Americas & Oceania Collections


Jamie Andrews

Head of Culture and Learning

Andy Appleyard
Head of Operations (North)

Sandra Bradbury

Head of Corporate Assurance

Peter Brooks
Head of Security & Safety Management

Caroline Brown
Head of Commercial Services


Michele Burton

Head of Fundraising


Paul Clements

Head of Architecture and Design, Technology


Michelle Clewer

Head of Governance


Harriet Darcel

Head of Marketing

Richard Davies
Head of Collections Programmes

Patrick Dixon
Head of Estates & Facilities


Rob Field

Head of Public Policy


Jonathan Fryer

Head of CIMU


Katie Goodall

Head of Planning


Sally Halper

Head of Content Strategy & Services


Angela Hatton

Head of Enterprise Portfolio Management Office

Tiina Hill

Single Digital Presence Head of Delivery


Marcie Hopkins

Head of International Office


Ruairi Hughes

Interim Head of Planning & Finance Business Partnering


Sharon Johnson

Head of Content Acquisition

Liz Jolly

Chief Librarian


Roly Keating
Chief Executive

Jayne King

Head of Finance


Claire Knott

Head of People Operations


Steve Lenton
Head of Technology


Maja Maricevic

Head of Higher Education and Science


Xerxes Mazda 

Head of Collections & Curation

Scot McKendrick 

Head of Western Heritage Collection


Luisa Elena Mengoni

Head of Asian & African Collections

Isabel Oswell

Head of Business Audiences


Richard Price

Head of Contemporary British Collections


Jas Rai

Head of People

Cordelia Rogerson

Head of Collection Care 


Polly Russell 

Head of Eccles Centre

Ben Sanderson
Head of Corporate Communications


Sam van Schaik

Head of Endangered Archives Programme

Jerry Shillito
Head of Operations (South)


Phil Spence
Chief Operating Officer


Michelangelo Staffolani

Interim Head of Content Strategy & Services


Neil Strenge

Head of Management Services, Technology


Saba Syed

Head of BL/Qatar Foundation Partnership


Carolyn Walsh

Head of Technology Programmes and Projects


Kevin Whitaker
Head of Supply Chain Management


Liz White

Head of Public Libraries and Engagement


Alex Whitfield

Head of Learning Programmes


Simon Wilcock

Head of Technology Operations

Mick Wilkin
Chief Accountant


Rachel Withington

Principal Programme Manager, BL North (Leeds)

Chief Officers

Sir Roly Keating

Chief Executive

Liz Jolly

Chief Librarian

Phil Spence

Chief Operating Officer