Trustees

Current Trustees: (in clockwise order) Sheila Davies, Janet Newman, Margaret Quartly, Ben Warren, Graham Lewis, Kate Williams, Madeline Haigh

Our committee of trustees meets once a month to manage the running of the charity.

Please consider joining us!

Anyone is welcome as it helps to have people with different skills and experience. The one thing we all have in common is a desire to support our lovely small rural library. We like to invite prospective committee members to attend a few meetings to find out if it is something they want to be involved in, before asking them to make a firm commitment.

If you would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact us.

Current Trustees

Sheila Davies (Chair) previously worked for a UK charity that supports families with disabled children where she gained experience in supporting local community groups and small charities. Sheila meets regularly with library staff to help coordinate library activities and is the main contact with the Town Council and Shropshire Library service. 

Madeline Haigh(Secretary) was one of the founders of the Church Stretton Library Support Group which campaigned to keep the library in its current building. Her work in campaigning to ‘keep the library where it is’ draws on many years’ experience of local community activities and committee work, and she keeps a watching brief on the policies and financial strategies of both town and county councils.

Margaret Quartly (Treasurer) brings financial and bookkeeping skills. She was previously Financial Controller for a large wholesale herb and alpine nursery.  She works to support the fundraising activities of the Friends, working closely with the Rural Charity and organising table-top sales and other events.

Graham Lewis is a classically trained musician who spent the majority of his career in arts management, notably with Forest Arts, where he served as Creative and Performing Director. He has extensive knowledge of arts education and the lifelong learning sector. He helps plan and run musical and other cultural events for the Friends group.

Ben Warren is a retired headteacher who has lived in Church Stretton for over 20 years. As well as supporting our local library, he also volunteers at Acton Scott Farm Museum, helps maintain the gardens at Church Stretton railway station, is secretary of the local allotment association and acts as a quizmaster in aid of local charities.

Kate Williams has had a long career in education, working with learners from ages four to forty. She believes reading for pleasure or for research is a key element of any life and so helping all learners to be comfortable and confident in libraries is vital. This is best achieved when young: for this reason Kate has a special interest in children’s library activities.

Janet Newman has a background in local government and public policy. She was a qualified librarian and is now an Emeritus Professor of social policy. She helped shape our response to the procurement process initiated by Shropshire Council in 2017. She stands down from the committee at the 2020 AGM.