• Job Reference: 00000795-1
  • Date Posted: 22 February 2021
  • Recruiter: CILIP North West Member Network
  • Location: North West Region
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed
  • Sector: Volunteer
  • Job Type: Part-time

Job Description

 CILIP North West Member Network is the voice for CILIP members in the North West, representing our members on national matters and offering support and professional development opportunities whether they live in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, the Isle of Man, Greater Manchester or Merseyside. We at CILIP North West welcome any CILIP Member volunteers who live, work or study in the North West!

We are currently looking for a Chair to join our friendly and supportive committee. Our current Chair is leaving the committee at the end of January, we would like to recruit a new Chair before this date to enable a smooth handover before they go on maternity leave. 


To lead the CILIP North West Members Network in terms of its overall strategy and development and to make sure it is clearly linked to CILIP’s overall objectives.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To co-ordinate the activities of North West Member Network and ensure it meets its core offer and annual priorities as set out in the business plan.
  2. To act as lead spokesperson for North West Member Network and where appropriate, represent North West Member Network at CILIP meetings and external events and where necessary, organise alternative representatives.
  3. To chair committee meetings and annual general meetings and be responsible for the smooth operation of meetings.
  4. To work with other officers and committee members to prepare the business plan and annual report.
  5. To liaise with the secretary regarding communication with committee members.
  6. To maintain an effective overview of the financial position of North West Member Network and liaise with the treasurer on financial issues.
  7. To be the key link between North West Member Network and CILIP to ensure professional issues relating to North West Member Network members are raised and to lead North West Member Network contributions to CILIP initiatives and responses to policy developments.
  8. To promote the membership and benefits of North West Member Network and CILIP within the library and information profession.

Time Commitment

  1. It is anticipated you will attend three committee meetings per year in the North West. These meetings are currently taking place online.
  2. You will attend the AGM and members day. The AGM and members day is held annually in various locations around the North West.
  3. The amount of time this role takes up will vary and may be 1-3 hours per week and during conference and other events may increase.

 Knowledge Experience and Attributes

 The Chair will have the following knowledge, experience and attributes:

Knowledge, Experience, Attributes


Essential or Desirable


Member of CILIP*


Professional registration

Chartered or Fellowship


Knowledge of library information profession

Evidence of recent work** in a library or related service area



Evidence of recent CPD


Communication and interpersonal skills

Evidence of good communication and interpersonal skills



Evidence of excellent networking skills


 * CILIP are offering up to 150 complimentary memberships to library and information workers from BAME backgrounds who are duly selected to join a committee. People who are not CILIP members at the time of their committee appointment will receive free membership from the beginning of their term of office.

** Recent means that a person has worked in a library or related service area within the last two years.

How to apply:

If you would like to apply for this role please contact us by email ( including a CV/LinkedIn profile and a short statement covering your suitability for the role.

If you have any questions regarding the role or if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Christine Sweet ( 

Closing date 12.02.21