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Bringing ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to people’s lives and communities

Our Board

Our trustees are collectively responsible for setting and reviewing the strategic direction of Libraries Unlimited, in line with its charitable objectives.

They all have a passion for the future of libraries, along with the vision, expertise and creativity to help the new organisation develop and grow sustainably.

Working with library staff, they make a vital contribution by helping deliver modern, vibrant and sustainable library services.

William Harvey

Will Harvey

Chair

Will is Associate Dean of Research & Impact and Professor of Management at the University of Exeter Business School. He conducts research, teaches and consults in the areas of reputation, leadership, talent management and migration and has worked with pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, local and national government, aviation and food organisations.

During his career he has studied, taught and worked with multiple organisations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. He won the University of Exeter Business School Award for Collaboration, received a Commonwealth and Canadian Government Fellowship at the University of British Columbia and a Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford.

He has established an international reputation as an innovative and collaborative thinker and leader. He is committed to working with the Libraries Unlimited team to identify exciting and innovative ways to provide world-class library services.

Sue Simmons

Community Trustee - Deputy Chair

Sue is a founder member and the secretary of BLAST (Bovey Library Action Support Team) – the friends group for Bovey Tracey library. She has lived in Devon for over 20 years. Sue’s background is in mental health nursing – in clinical practice, education and management in the NHS. More recently she has been working part-time for the Care Quality Commission and doing some independent consultancy work. She has two adult sons now living in Bristol.

Sue and her husband are volunteer hosts with Nightstop which provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people, and she is a trustee of a charity for education and welfare in Bangladesh. In her spare time she loves to walk, cycle, enjoy Devon’s beautiful countryside and, of course, read. She and friends established their local book group around fourteen years ago and it is still going from strength to strength. She is very positive about the future for Libraries Unlimited.

Alex Kittow

Chief Executive

Alex is Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited and an ex officio trustee. Alex was previously Chief Executive of Bristol-based charity Southmead Development Trust, where he played a pivotal role in increasing traded income, securing and delivering a number of contracts, and grant-funded projects. Through his leadership the charity was able to significantly increase its positive impact on its beneficiaries, as well as growing its financial reserves and improving its governance structure. Alex has also worked for organisations such as Partner Aid International, based in East Africa, and for the Ministry of Defence, where he secured chartership as an Engineer.

In his role as Chief Executive at Libraries Unlimited, Alex is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, ensuring Devon and Torbay’s libraries are thriving. Current areas of focus include seeking to raise awareness of our independent charitable status and the breadth of services that we offer, and diversifying income streams. Without having a libraries background, Alex has been very impressed with the reach of our services, the impact libraries have on the local economy, the health and wellbeing of individuals and their role in creating thriving communities, and he often finds himself challenging the library sector to think and speak outside of their traditional relationships.

Alex is on the Board of trustees for Locality, a national charity promoting the work of community anchor organisations across the UK.

Andrew Prince community trustee

Andrew Prince

Community Trustee

A Devon resident since childhood, Andrew had a long career in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy and a second career teaching in higher education at the Britannia Royal Naval College, the University of Plymouth and INTO University of Exeter.

He lives in Ashburton where he has been treasurer of the Friends Of Ashburton Library (FOAL) almost since its conception and is a trustee of two other charities in the town. He served for 15 years on the Town Council and was Mayor in 2009.

A strong advocate for lifelong learning and the wider use of libraries for all ages, he gained his Master's degree in his 40s and a Doctorate of Education in his 50s. Andrew brings a breadth of experience to the role of Community Trustee and is committed to developing Libraries Unlimited's customer offering in new, exciting and diverse ways.
He has established an international reputation as an innovative and collaborative thinker and leader. He is committed to working with the Libraries Unlimited team to identify exciting and innovative ways to provide world-class library services.

Emily Macaulay MBE

Staff Trustee

Emily has worked within Devon Libraries since 2013 arriving as the refurbished Exeter Library prepared to open. Originally a Senior Supervisor for Operations Emily is now the Centre Manager for Exeter Library.

Previously to working in libraries Emily completed an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Criminology and then worked in the criminal justice system within Devon and Cornwall, for the Police, Local Criminal Justice Board and most recently the Police Authority / Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. In addition to her community engagement work in these organisations she was also elected Chair of the Gay Police Association, a staff support group for members of the policing family that identified as LGB/T. It was this work that saw Emily awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity.

Outside of work Emily is a keen runner and uses this to fundraise for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, a charity based in Leeds.

Richard Watts

Richard Watts

Independent Trustee

Born in Devon and committed to supporting the people and culture of his home county, Richard runs people make it work, a company that enables cultural organisations across the country to develop and grow with clients including Royal Opera House, LSE, UK Parliament, Turner Contemporary, RADA, Historic Royal Palaces and Clore Leadership programme.

Richard is now based in London but grew up near Ivybridge and is passionately committed to culture, literature and the role and value of libraries. He has extensive experience as a trustee for a range of charities and arts organisations, including the literature agency Spread the Word.

Tom Glanville Trustee

Tom Glanville

Independent Trustee

Tom Glanville is a Chartered Certified Accountant. He is a Financial Controller at Bandvulc Tyres Ltd.

Before moving into industry he trained at Bush & Co Chartered Accountants in Exeter where he eventually became the Senior Audit Manager.

Tom grew up in Devon and attended Torquay Boys’ Grammar School before undertaking a degree in English Literature at the University of Leicester.

He has always had a passion for literature and hopes that the support he can give as a trustee will pay back some of the great benefit gained from using libraries throughout his childhood. He believes that libraries and reading have had a huge influence on his life and hopes to use his professional experience to help and support Libraries Unlimited to flourish.

Tom used to play rugby for Wessex RFC and Totnes RFC and is currently the treasurer for Totnes RFC. He also enjoys watching (and sometimes playing) football and cricket.

George Lossius

George Lossius

Independent Trustee

For most of George’s career, he has been involved in the publishing industry, both physical publications and digital platforms, most of it in the provision of IT solutions to publishers, and publishing societies and associations, and George has lead businesses in this sector in the UK, USA, France and China. During this time, he had an active participation on advocacy committees in the USA, UK and China, providing thought leadership as well as practical solutions.

George is Chairman of a Public Relations firm, Midas PR.

Morgen Witzel

Morgen Witzel

Independent Trustee

Morgen is a Devon-based writer, editor and consultant and is a Fellow of the Exeter Centre for Leadership at the University of Exeter Business School. He has written a number of management and leadership books and also writes detective fiction with his wife under a pseudonym.

Morgen was a trustee of EDP Drug and Alcohol Services for eleven years. He is also a trustee of the Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust.

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.