Appointment of Chair to the Board of Libraries NI

Date published: 29 December 2023

The Department for Communities has announced the appointment of Ms Bonnie Anley as the new Chair of Libraries NI from 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2027.

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The primary duty of the Northern Ireland Library Authority (known as Libraries NI), as set down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, is to provide a comprehensive and efficient public Library service for persons living, working or studying in Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Libraries NI is an Arm’s-Length Body of the Department for Communities.
  2. The Chair position receives remuneration of £12,858 per annum plus travel and subsistence allowances in line with Northern Ireland Civil Service rates for a time commitment of at least 30 days per year.
  3. Ms Bonnie Anley - Bonnie has over 30 years’ experience in senior governance roles in the commercial, public and third sectors. She has been a Member of the Broadcasting Council with the BBC, Council Member with the Irish Ships Agents’ Association, Board Member with Southern Group Enterprises in Newry, Board Member for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, Board Member Friends of the Earth Trust and Chair of Friends of the Earth Limited (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Chair of the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, and Chair of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. Bonnie is currently a Lay Board Member of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (remuneration of £6,202 per annum and a time commitment of 3 days per month). Bonnie is a committee member of the Institute of Directors, Northern Ireland Committee and a Fellow and Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors. She is also a committee member of the Public Sector Chairs’ Forum. Bonnie brings a range of considerable skills and experience to the Libraries NI Chair role focusing on leadership, delivering results, and communication and collaborative working. Ms Anley has declared no political activity in the last five years.
  4. This appointment decision has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s (CPA NI) Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, CPA NI requires the political activity of appointees to be published.
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