A Different Story: libraries as enterprise catalysts          The Cube, Corby, Wednesday 28th November 2012               ...
SpeakersDr Paul Blantern, Chief Executive, Northamptonshire County CouncilPaul has been chief executive of Northamptonshir...
Wrays experience is rooted in the social enterprise sector where he was a founding directorof Social Enterprise East Midla...
Tony Durcan OBE, Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Newcastle CityCouncilTony is currently Director of ...
Grace Kempster OBE, Customer and Library Service Manager, Northamptonshire CountyCouncilGrace has worked in libraries in L...
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  1. 1. A Different Story: libraries as enterprise catalysts The Cube, Corby, Wednesday 28th November 2012 Programme Time Session Speakers9:30am Registration & coffee (*)10:00am Opening address Dr Paul Blantern, Chief Executive, Northamptonshire County Council10:30am Scene-setting Liz Macdonald, Carnegie UK Trust11:00am Break & refreshments11:30am Hope, enterprise and Rob Purdie and Fiona Galbraith, Northamptonshire change Enterprise Partnership; Wray Irwin, The Young Foundation / Univ. of Northampton12:15pm Hatching a future (Enterprise Hubs case study)12:45pm Lunch (in the foyer)1:45pm From Hub to Hubbub: John Blewitt, Aston University Business School; Libraries in the thick of it Tony Durcan, Newcastle City Council; Martin Molloy, Derbyshire County Council2:45pm Knowledge sharing and ‘speed dating’ session3:30pm The future is bright Grace Kempster, Northamptonshire County Council3:45pm End of event (fresh tea and coffee available)(*) All refreshments will be served in the foyer outside the Council Chamber. Water will be availablein the Chamber throughout. Please note no food or drinks (other than water) are allowed in theChamber itself.
  2. 2. SpeakersDr Paul Blantern, Chief Executive, Northamptonshire County CouncilPaul has been chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council since 1st June 2010. Hejoined in 2008 as Corporate Director for Customer and Community Services where he wasresponsible for a wide range of customer–facing services including libraries, country parks,adult learning, fire & rescue and the customer service centre as well as support services suchas HR and IT.Before joining Northamptonshire, and following a career in the private sector, Paul wasDirector for Customer Services at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.Paul is passionate about working with partners to ensure excellent services are provided tocustomers and communities in the county. He was the instigator behind the council’sinnovative shared services partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, now known asLGSS. Launched in October 2010, LGSS is one of the largest shared service ventures in theUK.Paul has lived in the county for many years, is married with two teenage sons, and lives in avillage in east Northamptonshire. In his spare time, he canoes, plays table tennis for his localtown and takes an active role in his local community.Liz Macdonald, Senior Policy Officer, Carnegie UK TrustLiz Macdonald is the author of the Carnegie UK Trust’s influential report on the future ofpublic libraries– based on research commissioned by the Trust in the UK and Ireland.Liz has been with the Carnegie UK Trust for a year and a half, and before that worked onvarious social policy issues at Consumer Focus Scotland. Recent areas of work have includedthe need for effective consumer health information, consumer representation in publicservice development, and the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageingpopulation.Wray Irwin, Social Entrepreneur in Residence, The Young FoundationWray is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SEiR) hosted by the University ofNorthampton. As SEiR, he is embedded within the University to scout for potentialentrepreneurs both within the University and the wider community, and help them todevelop their ideas to the point where they become successful ventures.Before joining the Young Foundation Wray worked in the higher education sector promotingenterprise and working with communities to develop enterprising solutions to thechallenges they faced.
  3. 3. Wrays experience is rooted in the social enterprise sector where he was a founding directorof Social Enterprise East Midlands (SEEM) and successfully ran the Northamptonshire Co-operative Development Agency (NCDA) for over 5 years.In 2009, Wray completed his MSt in Social Enterprise and Community Development atCambridge University.Rob Purdie, Executive Director, Northamptonshire Enterprise PartnershipRob joined Northamptonshire Enterprise as a Non-Executive director in 2006 andsubsequently became an Ambassador for the county. In mid 2010 he took on the role ofExecutive Director.Prior to owning his own businesses Rob enjoyed a 20-year career in corporate sales andmarketing working in senior positions with Granada and Pirelli before moving to the agencysector designing, deploying and delivering high performance CRM programmes.Rob has been a member of the Marketing Society for over 20 years and is a Fellow of theInstitute of Direct Marketing.Rob retains links with the business community as Chairman of JHP Associates, a marketingservices business; and Campaign Solution: a marketing communications agency, both basedin Corby. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Northamptonshire Chamber ofCommerce.Dr John Blewitt, Senior Lecturer (Sustainability and Media Communications), AstonUniversity Business SchoolJohn Blewitt is an educator and environmentalist who has worked in higher, further andadult education for many years. Currently a Senior Lecturer at Aston University, John hasbeen closely involved with the Library of Birmingham since 2009 and was recently selectedto be one of its ‘faces’ or ambassadors. He is an expert on public libraries and their relationto social and environmental sustainability – the subject of his blog, “Public Libraries:connecting spaces and places”.John Blewitt studied Politics, History and Sociology at UCW Aberystwyth; Film and Televisionat the Polytechnic of Central London and Education at the Universities of Greenwich andHuddersfield. He has extensive experience of Adult, Further, International and HigherEducation and has worked at the universities of Huddersfield, Bradford and Exeter.He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education, a foundingmember of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), aDistinguished Schumacher Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the HigherEducation Academy.
  4. 4. Tony Durcan OBE, Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Newcastle CityCouncilTony is currently Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning, having moved toNewcastle in 2002.Previously Tony worked for Gateshead Library and Arts Service, first as Assistant Director,and latterly as Head of Libraries, Arts and Information. Before that he had a variety of roleswith Derbyshire Library Service, from Trainee to District Librarian.His public library priorities in Newcastle have been to work with colleagues to moderniseservices, and to create a positive profile for the Library Service. The service is now held inhigh regard by both the Council and external stakeholders.One of Tony’s major projects has been the development of the new Newcastle City Librarythrough a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The library opened in June 2009 to wide acclaim.Tony was President of the Society of Chief Librarians from 2007 until 2009. He currentlychairs SCL’s Books and reading group. He was a member of the former Advisory Council onLibraries, and a Board member for the 2008/9 Public Libraries Modernisation Review.Outside of his Newcastle role, Tony is also the inaugural chair of the Durham CulturalPartnership.Martin Molloy OBE, Strategic Director of Cultural and Community Services, DerbyshireCounty CouncilMartin has been a Chief Officer of Derbyshire County Council for the last seventeen years.He is currently Strategic Director of Cultural and Community Services.Martin is currently President of the Reading Agency and a member of the AdvisoryCommittees of the Departments of Information Studies and Information Science at theUniversities of Sheffield and Loughborough respectively.He is a Board Member for Arts Council England (East Midlands).He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Information Studies, The University ofSheffield.He is a member of the CLOA (Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association) ExecutiveCommittee. He was a Champion for the Arts Council’s Cultural Leadership Programme. He ispast President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) andthe Society of Chief Librarians, a past member and Chair of the Advisory Council for Libraries,past Chair of the DCMS Libraries and Adult Learning Steering Group. He was a member ofRNIB Advisory Board for Library Services. He is past Chair of the Board of the ReadingAgency.In 1998 Martin received a Library Association Royal Charter Centenary Medal and wasawarded an OBE in June 2004.
  5. 5. Grace Kempster OBE, Customer and Library Service Manager, Northamptonshire CountyCouncilGrace has worked in libraries in London Boroughs, cities, counties and internationally, and iscurrently Customer and Libraries Manager for Northamptonshire.Over the past four years she has led the transformation of libraries to achieve the lowestper-visit cost in the UK, attain the Customer Service Excellence Award and develop a trackrecord for innovation.Her previous work has involved delivering consultancy to the Thai Knowledge Park inBangkok; partnership with a leading community-based literacy organisation in Argentina andshaping the initial People’s Network in libraries across the UK.She excels at setting the wider context for libraries and ensuring that they optimise thecontributions they make in both individual lives and the quality of local living.Fiona Galbraith, Economic Development Project Manager, Northamptonshire EnterprisePartnershipAfter graduating from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied European languagesand the European Union, Fiona undertook an internship in Brussels as a Member ofParliaments assistant before joining Northamptonshire Enterprise in February 2009.Fiona now manages and develops the Northamptonshire Enterprise Hub, the business start-up support service delivered in collaboration with NCC Libraries and Information Service.The Enterprise Hub provides information resources, as well as a range of workshops and 1to1 support, for anybody planning to start a business in the County.Fiona is also responsible for the delivery of the INV-ENT fund, a locally funded initiativewhich provides a business rate rebate to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)enabling those funds to be reinvested by the business to stimulate its development,innovation and growth, and to create new jobs. The principal focus of the fund is to supportbusinesses in high-growth and advanced technology-led sectors, and to support job creationin Northamptonshire. We are grateful to Axiell for their kind sponsorship of this event. For all enquiries related to this event please contact: Jorge Solis Principal Librarian - Transformation 01604 366162 07534 595 754 jsolis@northamptonshire.gov.uk Twitter: @enterpriselibs Website: http://tinyurl.com/librariesdifferentstory