K&IM – Round Table Discussions

Wednesday 3rd July, 11.05

Room 1.219

These round table discussions will act as a great introduction to the Knowledge and Information Management strand at the CILIP Conference.

Choose your table, meet the other K&IM delegates at the the conference, and share your thoughts and experiences based on the questions asked by the table “chair”

Theme: Developing a culture of knowledge sharing

Mairéad Smith, Knowledge & Information Management Lead, British Army

After a number of years in various roles in MOD  Mairéad undertook an Information & Library Management MA. Now a professionally qualified senior knowledge and information management specialist, currently the KIM lead for the British Army with 18 years’ experience in the MOD. Current roles include delivery of SharePoint, data migrations, establishing enterprise information architecture across various platforms, facilitating knowledge management, improving collaborative knowledge bases, direction of policy and improving professionals’ skills for the KIM community in the British Army. Previous experience has been in various roles that involved information management, including 5 years as the Information Manager for the Royal School of Artillery prior to taking up the post as Army Headquarters


Theme: Maximising the value of spend on content

Richard Gaston, Head of Knowledge and Research, Addleshaw Goddard

Richard Gaston is Head of Knowledge & Research for Addleshaw Goddard and responsible for shaping and delivering the Firm’s KM Strategy for the benefit of both clients and colleagues.  He is a passionate believer in the power of collaboration to deliver transformational (and profitable) change through effective Knowledge Management, and in using a consultative approach to apply innovative KM approaches and tools to deliver value.  As a career knowledge and information professional, he has worked across the public and private sectors.


Theme: Managing upwards

Arthur Robbins, Library, Information & Knowledge Services Manager, Roche Products Ltd

Arthur now manages the library and information services on site, ensuring all colleagues based in the UK have easy access to high quality medical and business information.Arthur joined Roche in 2014 as the Library & Information Specialist. Arthur used his experience in public libraries to revitalise and market the library service and build a strong base of advocates across Roche.


Facilitator: Alison Wheeler MBE

Alison Wheeler is a freelance consultant and ongoing supporter of libraries – as a CILIP trustee, and as a trustee of the Ipswich Institute. She retired in February 2018 as the founding CEO of Suffolk’s Libraries IPS Ltd after 38 years of work in public libraries. Libraries and literacy are her passion.  In the month after her retirement she founded a literacy charity in Ipswich to help adults who cannot read.

She received an MBE in the 2018 New Years Honours for her work with libraries.