BLA Committee Members

BLA Chair
email: chair(at)

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Alasdair joined the committee in 2011 as organiser of the 2012 conference which was held in Stirling.

email: treasurer(at)

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Anne started as Treasurer for the Business Librarians Association in 2017, having previously been Treasurer for the CILIP in the Thames Valley.  She studied for a BA in History from Oxford Brookes University and gained an MSc in Information and Library Studies from the University of Aberystwyth in 2015.  Anne has worked in various libraries since the age of 16, including the Special Collections Department at the University of Oxford before moving to work as an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Bedfordshire in 2016. As this is her first post as a subject librarian, Anne is enjoying learning the intricacies of business librarianship and continues to do so with the support of the BLA.

As BLA Treasurer, Anne is responsible for the financial management of the association. She arranges the subscription invoices and payments for members, manages the invoices and finances for the annual conference and training events, and prepares the accounts for the association members to ensure transparency.

In her spare time, Anne tries to get out running (or shuffling) as much as possible, and recently completed her first 5k.  She also enjoys knitting, trying as much craft ale as possible, and is currently writing her first novel.

Membership Secretary
email: membership(at)

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Andrew is an Academic Librarian at the University of Leicester. He supports several social science and humanities departments including the School of Business.

As membership secretary, Andrew can sign up new members to the BLA and its email list, LIS-Business.

A former language teacher, he retains an avid interest in language and languages, is a member of a French group which meets for conversation practice and is currently learning Dutch.

Supplier Liaison Officer
email: suppliers(at)

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Lynn Irvine is a College Librarian at the University of Glasgow supporting the learning, teaching and research needs of students and staff across five schools in the College of Social Sciences.

She is the Supplier Liaison Officer for the BLA, building relationships and partnership working between business information suppliers and publishers and the BLA community. Suppliers and publishers are welcome sponsors of the BLA annual conference and offer occasional BLA discounts. Lynn liaises with them and with JISC representing the collective views of BLA members.

Lynn is mum to teenage twins, so outside of work is usually driving between football training and musical theatre classes.  In (very!) rare moments of downtime, she is trying out new recipes or doing a bit of amateur interior design.

email: secretary(at)

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Anastasia has been a Learning and Teaching Librarian for over ten years with Sheffield Hallam University and has prior experience serving in special libraries as a business librarian in companies, government and the charity sector. Anastasia is also an experienced charity leader and manager and has developed a parallel career in the voluntary sector.

As BLA Secretary, Anastasia supports the committee arranging meetings, taking minutes and overseeing the committee’s data protection responsibility.

She enjoys travelling, going to the gym and watching documentaries.

Sarah Brain
Training Officer
email: training(at)

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Sarah is Subject Librarian for Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol. Even though she is relatively new to the subject area, having started her post at Bristol in October 2017, Sarah has extensive experience as a Subject Librarian in a range of academic disciplines.

As Staff Development Officer, Sarah arranges training and development opportunities for BLA members. Sarah is always keen to hear from members about training areas that they would like to see included.

Outside of work, Sarah likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors, usually through walking, cycling or playing tennis.

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Marketing Officer
email: marketing(at)

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An academic librarian with extensive experience, Ronan Cox is an Assistant Librarian at Dublin City University. His main responsibility is strategically managing the library relationship with Dublin City University Business School.

As the Marketing and Communications Officer, Ronan manages the BLA social media account, creates promotional content to raise the profile of the association, and keeps members up to date with on-going initiatives throughout the year.

When not working, you will find Ronan accompanying his dog Bella on walks, cycling, and hiking throughout the numerous mountains of Ireland.

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Jennifer Winterburn
Web Officer
email: web(at)

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Jennifer is the Academic Librarian for Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University. Her special interests are technology enhanced learning and supporting distance learners.

As BLA Web Officer Jennifer keeps the website running, and is looking forward to developing the site in the coming year.

In her spare time Jennifer writes poetry, travels in her campervan and enjoys knitting. She is on the steering group and volunteers occasional Saturdays to help keep her local library open.