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The British Library Annual Report and Accounts 2004/2005                                                                                                                                                                                  The British Library Annual Report and Accounts 2004/2005




Governance and leadership                                                                                                        Executive Team

                                                                                                                                 Lord Eatwell
                                                                                                                                 CHAIRMAN
                                                                                                                                 Lynne Brindley
                                                                                                                                 CHIEF EXECUTIVE



The Board                                          The Rt Hon Lord Eatwell of            Eileen Mackay CB FRSE (Non-
The British Library Act 1972                       Stratton St Margaret MA PhD           Executive Director, The Royal Bank
places the British Library under the               CHAIRMAN                              of Scotland Group) brings to the
control and management of the                                                            Board her financial and public
                                                   Members
British Library Board, the duty of                                                       administration experience and she
                                                   Lynne Brindley                        was appointed after consultation
which is to manage the Library
                                                   MA FLA FCILIP FRSA                    with Scottish ministers.
as a national centre for reference,
                                                   (Chief Executive, the British
study and bibliographical and                                                           Simon Olswang BA Econ, Solicitor,
                                                   Library)
other information services, in                                                          Attorney at Law (California)
relation both to scientific and                    Sir Henry Boyd-Carpenter             (formerly Chairman, Olswang)
technological matters and to the                   KCVO MA                              brings to the Board his legal/
humanities. The Act also requires                  DEPUTY CHAIRMAN                      commercial expertise in the field
the Board to make the Library’s                    (formerly Senior Partner, Farrer and of intellectual property rights (IPR).




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Barry Marsden
services available to the public –                 Co.) was appointed to the Board
in particular to institutions of                   by HM The Queen. He chairs the       Dr Gareth W Roberts BSc PhD
education and learning, other                      Board Audit Committee.               MBA FRSA (CEO NovaThera Ltd,
libraries and industry.                                                                 Director, IsoHelix Ltd and Partner,
                                                   Robin S Broadhurst CBE FRICS         Opine Consultancy) was appointed
The Chairman and members                           (formerly European Chairman of                                                 1                           2                                     3                            4                         5                                  6
                                                                                        for his background and experience
of the Board are all appointed                     Jones Lang LaSalle) brings to the    in the UK biotechnology industry,
by the Secretary of State for                      Board his high level of expertise in one of the key R&D-based sectors
Culture, Media and Sport, with the                                                                                               1 Dr Clive Field                       We’re responsible for the            4 Natalie Ceeney                       Directorates in the review of their
                                                   the area of property development     served by the Library.
exception of one member who                                                                                                      DIRECTOR, SCHOLARSHIP                  effective development,               DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS                   services and the development
                                                   and estates management.
is appointed by HM The Queen.                                                           Andrew Stephens BSc                      AND COLLECTIONS                        integration and delivery of all      AND SERVICES                           and implementation of
All Ministerial appointments to                    Professor Robert G Burgess PhD       SECRETARY TO THE BOARD                   Our priorities this year include       IT functions across the Library.     The launch of British Library          customer-focused structures.
the British Library Board are                      AcSS (Vice Chancellor, University    (Head, Corporate Secretariat)            developing our web archiving           We will continue to work             Direct has been a milestone in         We’ve put in place the first
subject to the Code of Practice                    of Leicester) was appointed to                                                programme, and defining the            closely with other major             making our collection material         stages of a modernised pay
of the Commissioner for Public                     the British Library Board for his    The British Library                      best solution for getting              research libraries, research and     easily accessible to the end-user.     strategy and our work on
Appointments. Members conform                      knowledge and experience of          Advisory Council                         our manuscript and archives            expert communities, as well as       Now my teams are set to extend         facilitating the Colleague
to a Code of Practice for Members                  higher education and university                                               catalogues online. Doing so            commercial organisations, to         the range of services available        Opinion Action plan process is
of the British Library Board derived               affairs and his academic back-       The Advisory Council was                 will help us make accessible           ensure we create the level of        through the BL Direct portal.          enabling us to engage more
from the Cabinet Office model                      ground in the social sciences.       established under the terms of the       marvellous new additions, which        interoperability that is needed.     In parallel, we’re increasing the      fully with our staff.
Code. The Board Secretary ensures                                                       British Library Act to ‘advise the       include the archives of the writers                                         flexibility of Reading Room
                                                   Sheila Forbes CBE (Non-Executive British Library Board on any aspect                                                 3 Jill Finney                                                               6 Robert Kirton
that new Board members receive                                                                                                   Beryl Bainbridge, Anthony Powell                                            services to reflect changing
                                                   Director, Tribal Group plc and OCS of the development of its services                                                DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC                                                         INTERIM DIRECTOR, FINANCE
appropriate induction training                                                                                                   and Andrew Salkey, and the                                                  methods of research and we’re
                                                   Group Ltd) contributes to the work at home and its relations with                                                    MARKETING AND                                                               AND CORPORATE RESOURCES
upon appointment.                                                                                                                significant manuscripts presented                                           joining up services so that users
                                                   of the Board on the basis of her     libraries overseas’. In order to play
                                                                                                                                                                        COMMUNICATIONS                                                              The introduction of Europe’s
                                                                                                                                 to us by Tom Stoppard. The                                                  can begin to enjoy the same
A register of interests of members                 experience in the area of human                                                                                      Everything we do is driven                                                  biggest WiFi zone and the
                                                                                        a significant role at the centre of      excellent work my teams have                                                degree of access to resources
of the Board is maintained. The                    resources and the management                                                                                         by the needs of our users and                                               introduction of new catering
                                                                                        the UK’s knowledge network, it is        done to implement the Integrated                                            onsite and online. Our goal is to
register will be made available for                of culture change. She chairs                                                                                        enriching their experience is                                               facilities were both popular
                                                                                        essential that the Library obtains       Library System in acquisitions                                              give people access to information
inspection on application to the                   the Remuneration Committee.                                                                                          our top strategic priority.                                                 successes for the St Pancras
                                                                                        good advice on the broad scope           and cataloguing now enables                                                 wherever they are, whenever
Secretary of the Board, who can                                                                                                                                         During 2005/06 we’ll be                                                     Estates team this past year.
                                                   Duncan Lewis MA (Senior Policy       of its operations and policies for       them to refine their processes,                                             they need it. That’s a tough
also provide copies on request.                                                                                                                                         working with colleagues across                                              Over 2005/06 teams are focusing
                                                   Advisor, The Carlyle Group) was      future developments. The Council         and they’re identifying significant                                         requirement, but an important
                                                                                                                                                                        the Directorates to develop                                                 on preparing for the building
                                                   appointed to the Board for his       helps to ensure that the British         efficiency savings that they’ll be                                          goal to focus on.
The Board meets regularly, six                                                                                                                                          the Business and Intellectual                                               of the Centre for Conservation
                                                   experience in the information and    Library’s plans are formulated           ready to implement by the end
times during the year. All Library                                                                                                                                      Property Centre. We’ll create        5 Mary Canavan                         at St Pancras and major new
                                                   communications technology field.     and implemented effectively.             of the year.
Directors are normally present                                                                                                                                          an information resource that         DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES              automated low-oxygen storage
during Board meetings. Board                       Sir Colin Lucas DPhil FRHistS                                                 2 Richard Boulderstone                 suits the needs of 21st century      Change is now a given in modern        facilities at Boston Spa, which
members are provided with                          (Warden of Rhodes House,                                                      DIRECTOR, E-STRATEGY                   business and creative enterprise.    organisations and it’s not always      will be the world’s largest
appropriate and timely information.                and formerly Vice-Chancellor,                                                 AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS                Our public programmes are            easy for staff to accept. One          book repository. My Strategy
Board papers are distributed one                   University of Oxford) is a senior                                             Development of the National            raising the profile of the Library   of the key priorities for HR is        Development unit was
week in advance of the                             humanities academic whose                                                     Digital Library is a priority for my   as an exciting destination at the    working with managers, staff           responsible for drawing up our
relevant meeting to allow members                  contribution to the Board is                                                  team in the coming year. We’re         heart of King’s Cross. Beyond        and trade unions to enable and         strategic priorities and the Finance
fully to prepare for meetings.                     his experience of leadership                                                  also responsible for developing        our local community, our work        facilitate the agenda for change.      team will be monitoring closely
The main committees of the Board                   and management in a university                                                and managing the infrastructure        on the web and in our regional                                              the key priority of guaranteeing
are: the Board Audit Committee;                                                                                                                                                                              Through our various
                                                   environment.                                                                  that’s behind our new integrated       programmes to develop learning                                              financial sustainability. We’re
the Nominations Committee; and                                                                                                                                                                               development programmes we’re
                                                                                                                                 web service, British Library Direct,   and research skills among young                                             working across the Directorates
the Remuneration Committee.                                                                                                                                                                                  building effective management
                                                                                                                                 and we’ll be implementing the          people and lifelong learners is                                             on an agreed and rigorous
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and skills at all levels to help
                                                                                                                                 added functionality that users         bringing the opportunities the                                              programme of efficiencies which
                                                                                                                                                                                                             staff embrace change. We’ve
                                                                                                                                 need, coming ever-closer to            Library offers to a very wide                                               will be delivering £7 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                             worked in collaboration with
                                                                                                                                 our goal of seamless services.         audience indeed.                                                            savings over the coming year.