Five new Board members appointed at National Library of Scotland
Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced the appointment of five new members to the Board of the National Library of Scotland.
The National Library of Scotland is one of the world's leading research libraries and one of Scotland's premier cultural institutions. It is governed by a Board, whose members are responsible for the overall vision and strategy and for ensuring public accountability.
The five new members are:
Helen Durndell is University Librarian at the University of Glasgow who brings to the Board considerable senior level experience of delivering change within libraries and archives. Over the past decade she has been a member of the Business Committee of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), including service as Vice-Chair and Chair. She has been a member of the Board of the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) since 2007 and Vice-Chair since 2011. This has given Helen a wide appreciation of library issues across all sectors and types of organisations within Scotland.
William Shields Henderson is a Chartered Accountant by profession who spent the early part of his career in senior management roles in manufacturing and commercial undertakings. He was for a period a partner in a firm of Edinburgh based Chartered Accountants. He has spent the last 30 years raising finance for companies and development projects and producing business strategies to help failing companies. Latterly he has been a non-executive Director, Chair or Trustee of a number of commercial business and charitable organisations.
Iain Marley qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouse and gained significant experience across many industries before moving on to senior roles with the BBC and in the education sector. He is currently responsible for the development of a twin site campus for the City of Glasgow College. His expertise in delivering large scale property and technology projects, stakeholder management, and technology and facilities will be particularly valuable to the National Library.
Amina Shah has nearly 20 years' experience working in a variety of bookshops, academic and public libraries across Scotland, and most recently was the Deputy Head of Dundee Library and Information Services before taking up her current role as Chief Executive of the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) in March 2014. Amina has led a number of innovative and transformative projects with an emphasis on reducing the digital divide, also working with vulnerable groups, as well as staff development and change management. She is a passionate advocate for the role libraries can play in ensuring equality of opportunity in society.
Carmel Teusner has more than 20 years' experience in senior roles in Human Resources and Organisational Development across a broad range of sectors, including engineering, property, finance, health, media and manufacturing. Formerly Global Head of HR for US firm DTZ and Group Head of Organisational Development for Australian firm UGL, she brings skills in strategy development, organisational analysis and design, stakeholder engagement, change management, executive assessment and development and talent management. She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Australian Human Resources Institute, a Member of the British Psychological Society and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The composition of the Library's Board was modernised as part of the National Library of Scotland Act 2012. The first appointments to the new-look Board were made last year when seven members joined and the five new appointments complete the Board membership. The appointments are part-time and are not remunerated for a time commitment of 12 days per year.
None of the new Board members holds any other public appointments.
This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. None of the appointees has undertaken any political activity in the last five years.
25 February 2015