Learn more about the staff and board of the Scottish Poetry Library.
Asif KhanDirector. Contact Asif about strategic partnerships, sector advocacy, events or becoming a patron.
Aly BarrDeputy Director/Head of Operations. Contact Aly about venue hires, projects or matters related to the running of the Library building.
Jill MackintoshHead Librarian. Contact Jill about the collection, both new stock for adding to the library and old stock for withdrawal; enquiries and requests.
Samuel TongueProjects & Learning Co-ordinator. Contact Sam about learning resources, National Poetry Day, Tools of the Trade, publications or new project ideas.
Charles LangCustomer Services and Events Support Officer. Contact Charles about enquiries, library services and event support.
Kevin WilliamsonMarketing Manager. Contact Kevin about social media, communications or marketing.
Emily WilsonContact Emily for Events enquiries and proposals
PodcastsOur audio programme of poets, poems and news for you to listen to.
The board, as the charity trustees, have overall responsibility for the organisation. The Board is responsible for setting strategic direction, approving policies, for employing staff and overseeing SPL performance and finances. Aiming for best practice, the Board has formally endorsed the Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector.
Board members have a range of skills, experience and different perspectives. Board members are elected by members, but the Board can also co-opt individuals for limited periods.
More information is available here.
Gordon Munro (Co-chair)Re-elected 2020. Councillor, City of Edinburgh Council.
Charlie Roy (Co-chair)Re-elected 2022. Publicist, linguist and former teacher.
Dr James Ripley (Company Secretary)Re-elected 2021. Academic Librarian.
Patrick CorbettRe-elected 2021. Academic.
David Forbes RutherfordRe-elected 2022. Accountant.
Laura FyfeAppointed 2021. Writer and teacher.
Chris WardhaughAppointed 2021. Company Director.
Claudia DaventryAppointed 2021. Writer and teacher.
Online ShopBrowse our range of poetry books, cards and gifts in our online shop.
Our Honorary Presidents
From time to time, the Board of the SPL asks distinguished poets to become Honorary Presidents of the Library.