Chair of IBBY UK.
Currently serves as a Chair of IBBY UK, which involves wide international collaboration as well as developing networks amongst the children’s book community in the UK. She has twice been involved in the organization of the IBBY Europe Regional Conference in Bologna.
She manages a small charity, the Akili Trust, which establishes community libraries in rural areas in Kenya and provides bursaries for students to go to secondary school. She is on the board of Book Aid International, a major UK based book donation charity, and also the DIALLS project (Dialogue and Argumentation for Cultural Literacy Learning in Schools), a European collaboration based at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge.
She has worked as a school librarian, as a school library adviser and as the manager of a school library and museum loan service, all in inner London. She was a part-time lecturer on children’s literature at London Metropolitan University, teaching courses at undergraduate and MA level on the role of books and resources in children’s education.