Diversity in the profession

10.25 – Wednesday 4th July

Theatre A


To make the shift towards greater equality and diversity within the profession, we need to understand the lived experience of underrepresented groups and value this experience as information that illuminates and enables change. This session will give space to voices and experiences which are not widely represented within the profession and help to aid understanding of different experiences.

This panel session will involve panel members, and possibly delegates too, sharing their personal experiences of a sensitive nature.

We respectfully ask everyone at this session to have this in mind when attending.

The CILIP Conference is an opportunity for delegates to hear different perspectives, connect with each other and learn from each other. We believe that all participants – organisers, speakers, chairs and delegates – have a responsibility to ensure a safe, welcoming, inclusive and enjoyable environment for everybody. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Read more about Conference 2019 Code of Conduct.


Binni Brynolf, Digital Resources Librarian, Chatham House

Binni is Digital Resources Librarian at Chatham House, a policy institute in international affairs based in London. They have worked in libraries for more than 20 years, mostly in systems and team leadership roles in public, academic and special libraries both in the UK and Sweden. Binni is also a trade union activist and is particularly interested in the equality and diversity work that trade unions and professional organisations can do for and with LGBT+ communities.


Natasha S. Chowdory, Clinical Evidence Based Information Specialist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

Natasha’s work as an information professional has taken her from Microsoft to Oxfam and now the NHS. She has won awards, been on podcasts, run and participated in webinars sharing her experience of technology in information spaces; and most recently, running and taking part in panels about diversity and inclusion within the library and information profession. She blogs at: infoprotasha.wordpress.com and tweets at: @InfoPro_Tasha.

Heena Karavadra, Academic Librarian, University of Leicester

Heena began her career in public libraries, working as a library assistant for three years with Leicester City libraries. Through her contract with the council Heena worked at HMP Leicester library as well as the central and local library branches. In 2016 Heena was awarded the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake her MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. In 2016 Heena transitioned to working in higher education libraries and is currently working as an Academic Librarian at the University of Leicester. Heena is keen to advance equality, diversity and inclusion in the profession and is a member of the CILIP BAME Network steering group.

Thomas Peach, Academic Liaison Librarian, York St John University

Tom has worked as a library advisor in further education before moving into a higher education Academic Librarian traineeship in 2017. He is in the process of completing his distance learning MSc in Information and Library Studies. As a focus in his position as a new and learning professional, Tom is interested in addressing equities and inequities which libraries and their organisations create for LGBT+ communities, and is working with institutional groups to bring the library and information services into university conversations.

Chair: Hong-Anh Nguyen, Information Centre Manager, The King’s Fund

Hong-Anh is the Information Service Manager at The King’s Fund, a health care policy think-tank. Her role involves managing the library and enquiry service and providing research support and public engagement activities. She recently co-created “The NHS Explained”, a free online course explaining the inner workings of the NHS. As well as this, she is involved in equality and diversity work in both the profession and in her own organisation.