Bringing ideas, imagination, knowledge and creativity to people’s lives and communities

Our Team

The Chief Executive and the management team are responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation and its services.

Ciara Eastell

Chief Executive

Ciara Eastell is the Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited and an ex officio trustee.

Ciara is currently President of the Society of Chief Librarians. She has over 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Librarian and is the former Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage for Devon County Council. She has previously managed libraries in Gateshead, Cambridgeshire and Somerset.

Ciara is passionate about the potential of public libraries, the value of reading and the power of information to transform lives. She is currently an advisor to the British Library, Carnegie UK and is a member of the national Leadership for Libraries Taskforce and the Children's Laureate Steering Group. Ciara was the first librarian to participate in the Clore Leadership Programme.

Joanne Launder

Head of Service Delivery

Jo is Head of Service Delivery for Libraries Unlimited. She has almost twenty years’ experience of working in libraries, most recently as an Area Manager for Devon Libraries and previously in library posts for the University of Plymouth, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of Leeds and Enfield Libraries.

As a member of the senior management team Jo is responsible for the delivery and development of library services for the organisation, working with the Service Delivery Team on innovative models of approach to ensure that libraries are at the heart of their local communities, meeting the needs and aspirations of local people.

A Chartered Librarian with an MA from University College London, Jo is passionate about the delivery of excellent customer service.

Paul Love

Interim Head of Finance and Operations

Paul is Interim Head of Finance and Operations. He leads on central resources, which includes finance and people services.

He is a qualified accountant who has previously worked as a Finance Director in the housing association and "welfare to work" sectors. Two of these organisations were start-ups following transfers from the public sector and Paul hopes that these experiences will be of real benefit to Libraries Unlimited.

Paul also works as a Non-Executive Director for the dch group and South Western Ambulance Services Foundation Trust (SWASFT). These experiences will support Libraries Unlimited in the areas of corporate governance, value for money and public service effectiveness.

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.