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Auditorium 1, The Brighton Centre

31st March, 2020


Joanna Ball

Joanna Ball is Head of Roskilde University Library, with strategic responsibility for developing coordinated services to support Open Science across the university libraries affiliated to the Royal Danish Library. She previously held a number of roles at the University of Sussex Library, most recently Associate Director with strategic responsibility for academic engagement, content delivery and digital development. She joined the UKSG Insights Editorial Board in 2016, and since 2018 has been Chair of the Board and served as a Trustee on UKSG’s Main Committee.

Joanna is also standing for the position of Vice-Chair.

Dominic Broadhurst

I am currently Head of Content & Discovery at the University of Salford, where I head up the library’s content and digital teams, including leading the library’s content strategy. This places our students and staff at the heart of everything we do in order to deliver hight quality content and ensure a greater return on investment.

I have published widely, including a peer-reviewed article on library use of e-textbooks. I also edited a special edition of Against the Grain journal in June 2019.  I have spoken at a number of conferences in recent years including the Charleston Conference, the ALPSP conference and the Redux conference.

I am currently chair of UKSG’s Research and Innovation Group, which delivers a range of key major sector initiatives for the benefit of our community. I am excited about the future direction of UKSG and, if elected, hope to make an ongoing valuable contribution.

Lorraine Estelle

Lorraine is the Project Director of COUNTER, responsible for engaging with its member community. Lorraine facilitates the positive relationships between stakeholders and convenes the expert groups which develop and support the Code of Practice.

Previously, Lorraine was CEO of Jisc Collections where she negotiated and licensed digital content to support research and education. She was instrumental in developing shared services such as Historical Texts and JUSP and in leading research projects to support the development of new business models and the transition to open access.

Lorraine is an active member of the information community, having served previously as a member of the UKSG Main Committee and she is one of the co-editors of Insights the UKSG journal. In this role she enjoys supporting UKSG’s mission by helping to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas.

Hugh Murphy

Hugh has worked in Maynooth University Library since October 2010, having worked previously in University College Dublin and in the National Library of Ireland.  His current role involves leading the Collections and Content department, which takes responsibility for the development and curation of all library collections as well as associated process such as collection management.

Since 2005, he has acted as an occasional lecturer in the Information and Library Studies in UCD and he lectures on Maynooth University’s MA in Historical Archives. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in early 19th century history. 

Hugh’s main professional interests lie in the areas of collection development, UDCs, and resource description and he has published and spoken nationally and internationally on these topics.  He has been an active member of the UKSG committee for the last two years and he has endeavoured to bring an Irish and international outlook to the activities of the committee and organisation on matters such as representation, diversity and (needless to say!) Brexit.

Gareth Smith

As Vice President of UK, Ireland & Nordic Sales for EBSCO Information Services, Gareth is responsible for the 40 strong sales team covering this territory and has over 16 years of experience working with EBSCO managing a broad portfolio of products from subscriptions, databases, discovery systems to next generation Library Systems. Gareth is responsible for all aspects of managing the commercial business of EBSCO and engages with Jisc, publishers, library directors, institutions and many of the key players in the market. Gareth has a particular interest in the development of open access and how EBSCO can play a role as an intermediary for publishers, institutions and funders in the new ecosystem that open access will deliver.

Graham Stone

Graham is Jisc’s Senior programme manager for OA monographs. He is the lead for communications on OA monographs within Jisc and with members and stakeholders in the UK. He is responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships in the UK and internationally ensuring that the activities of Jisc align with the implementation of funders OA monograph policies and other global initiatives. He is the UK representative for OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities and leads Jisc’s work for the Research England and Arcadia funded COPIM project.

Previously, Graham managed a cross team research unit supporting the evaluation and negotiation of Jisc Collections agreements and OA services. He also worked in the university sector for 23 years managing library resources budgets, OA services and a University Press. He is a Chartered Librarian, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a professional doctorate for research on New University Press publishing. He is co-author of Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: TERMS and the Transition to Open.

Diane Thomas

Diane has spent almost 30 years’ working in the information industry, with a focus on academic and scholarly information exchange.  She has spent 20 years in commercial and leadership roles in organisations such as Blackwell’s, Ingenta, Cengage and most recently at Clarivate Analytics as Senior Sales Director for Europe.  Diane has previously served on the Main Committee of UKSG, and is keen to be elected to further serve the community and meet its needs. 

Throughout her career she has cultivated strong relationships with key players within the industry such as governments, consortia, academic institutions, publishers, intermediaries and funders and as such has developed a sound understanding of the key movements, initiatives and issues that affect all stakeholders in this multifaceted, complex and ever-changing ecosystem. 

Diane has commercial nous and a wealth of experience interfacing with all involved in the supply chain from author to reader.  This is coupled with a natural curiosity and passion for all aspects of the research lifecycle and scholarly information exchange.



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