SLA Europe announces its 2015 Leadership Team

London, UK – 5 December 2014 – SLA Europe, the European Chapter of the SLA, announces its leadership team for 2015.

Announcing the 2015 Leadership Team Don Roll (President SLA Europe 2014) congratulates John Coll on his appointment as President Elect for 2015: “On behalf of the 2014 SLA Europe Board, I would like to congratulate John Coll on his appointment as President Elect for 2015. John has been instrumental in organising SLA events in Scotland for several years. I look forward to working with John and Sam Wiggins, our 2015 President in my role next year as Past President.”

John Coll commented; “It’s a great honour to be appointed President–Elect for SLA Europe. The diverse membership and global reach of SLA reflects its role in encompassing all types of special libraries and does, I believe, demonstrate its uniqueness. I am keen to work with the Board to support SLA Europe in continuing its excellent range of activities and events.

Sam Wiggins (President SLA Europe 2015) commented: “ SLA Europe members are well served by a highly committed and hard working set of board and committee volunteers – it is thanks to them we will have another great year ahead of us full of high quality events, blog posts, awards and much more!”

In the year ahead the SLA Europe Board will be working to continue to provide informative events and programmes for a growing European membership. They will also be looking for new opportunities to collaborate with other industry organisations on key topics of interest. There will be a focus on ensuring continued financial support for young industry professionals to attend the annual SLA Conference in Boston next July and providing professional development opportunities to the wider membership.


SLA Europe Leadership Team 2015

President elect:                           John Coll, National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh)

President:                                      Sam Wiggins, Berwin Leighton Paisner (London)

Past President/nominations: Don Roll, Alacra (London)

Treasurer:                                     John Latham, (London)

Secretary:                                     Marie Cannon, Norton Rose Fulbright (London)


Other board representatives:

Awards Chair:                             Laura Williams, BBC (Salford)

Conference coordinator:          Simon Barron, University of London (London)

DigiComms:                                Katherine Schopflin, (London)

Events Planning:                        Anneli Carter, Macquarie (London)

Membership:                              Seema Rampersad, British Library (London)

Nominations:                               Stephen Phillips, Morgan Stanley (London)

PR:                                                 David Byrne, BT (Derby)

SLA Board Liaison:                    Bethan Ruddock, MIMAS (Manchester)


Regional Representatives:

France:                                          Marie-Madeleine Salmon, Publicis (Paris)

Ireland:                                        Lauren Lawler, A&L Goodbody (Dublin)

Scotland:                                     John Coll, National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh

USA:                                              Tracy Z. Maleeff, Duane Morris (Philadelphia)


More information on board members is available at:


About SLA Europe

SLA Europe is the European Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit



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