WHELF Board Meeting-November 2019

On 11th-12th November the WHELF Board met in the beautiful venue of Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, North Wales. All the WHELF institutions were represented in person except for Cardiff University who joined via MS Meeting. Tracey Stanley from CU was unable to travel to North Wales as she was being interviewed for the role of Director of Library Services and University Librarian and WHELF would like to congratulate Tracey on her successful appointment. 

Tracey’s predecessor, Janet Peters, was a guest at the meeting and gave a very interesting presentation on Transferring Skills into the Third Age/Life after Work. 

Following her retirement at the end of 2017, Janet focuses on “spending time on what matters with the people who matter”. She has extended her love of horses into volunteering with riding for the disabled and may train to be a coach. Being on the riding club committee has led to Janet managing training events and organising competitions and events. She has found that her skills and experience working in libraries have been invaluable in such matters as revising the constitution, and writing risk assessments and the annual report.  

Steve thanked Janet for her contribution to our discussion of the strategy and to the meeting overall. 

The main focus of this meeting was the new WHELF Strategy. Alison Harding (UWTSD), Mark Hughes (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Tracey Stanley (Cardiff University) have led on this and all staff have been invited and encouraged to contribute ideas and to give feedback. The WHELF Board thanks Alison, Mark and Tracey for all their efforts and looks forward to the new Strategy being published in early 2020.

The next WHELF Board meeting will take place in South Wales on 28th February 2020 at USW’s Cardiff campus.