Steering Group

It was with great shock and sadness that we learned Michelle Anderson passed away suddenly on December 31st. Michelle was a much valued member of the NC community, giving her time generously as our treasurer and steering group member, and in hosting our 2019 conference at the University of Hull. We all admired Michelle’s intellect and professional achievements, and will greatly miss her contribution to the Northern Collaboration - but she will be missed even more for her unfailing warmth, vibrancy and sense of humour. Our deepest sympathies go to Michelle’s family, friends and colleagues at Hull. 



The Steering Group acts on behalf of the Directors to guide the development of the NC and its work. It produces an annual programme of activities, based on input from Directors and members of NC libraries, and approved by Directors. Members of the Steering Group are elected for a period of three years with an option for re-election.

The current steering group comprises:


 Jo Norry

 NC Chair

Director of Library & Student Services

Leeds Beckett


Alison Lahlafi

Director Representative

University Academic Librarian Bradford 


Oliver Pritchard

Director Representative



Deputy Director, Student Journey Sunderland

Kathryn Smith

Director Representative

University Librarian Northumbria



Heather Thrift

Director Representative

Director of Library Services Liverpool John Moores


Mike Wall

Director Representative


Assistant Director & Deputy Librarian Durham


Emma Spivey

Northern Collaboration Development Officer




Areas of Collaboration

Directors' Group

Relationship with SCONUL

NC Development Officer