About

NoWAL is a network of academic libraries in the North West of England, with an outstanding reputation for knowledge exchange, staff development and training; benefitting our members by providing access to specialist skills and shared services across the HE sector.

NoWAL serves all the UK Universities and Colleges of Higher Education libraries in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.  Our mission is to inspire excellence in the learning and research services of member libraries; to drive the North West academic library agenda and be a regional voice for SCONUL; to celebrate success through collaboration, innovation, influence and partnership.

There are 14 member institutions, a representative of each institution sits on the NoWAL Board. The members are listed below along with the names and titles of the Board members:

Institution Board Member Title
Edge Hill University Alison MacKenzie Dean of Learning Services
Lancaster University Pete Maggs Director of Library Services
Liverpool Hope University Susan Murray Director of Library and Learning Services
Liverpool John Moores University Heather Thrift Director of Library Services
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Julia Martin Head of Information Services
Manchester Metropolitan University Ruth Jenkins University Librarian
Royal Northern College of Music Anna Wright College Librarian
University of Bolton Trevor Hodgson Library Manager
University of Central Lancashire Julie Hitchen Faculty Librarian
University of Chester Claire Norton University Librarian
University of Cumbria Vacant Director of Library Services
University of Liverpool Laura Dunn Associate Director, Customer Services
University of Manchester Sandra Bracegirdle Head of Content, Collections & Discovery
University of Salford David Clay University Librarian


Operations Group

NoWAL employs an Operations Officer, Nicky Freeman, who deals with the day-to-day activity of NoWAL.  The Operations Officer has responsibility for the administrative running of the reciprocal Training & Development programme; serves as secretary to the Board, Operations Group and Special Interest Groups; and has an overview of all the procurement activities undertaken by the consortium.

A NoWAL Operations Group is in place to set the agenda for the Board and to monitor all activities of the consortium.  The Operations Group meets three times a year and members of the Group are:

  • Sandra Bracegirdle – Chair
  • Susan Murray – vice-Chair
  • Julie Hitchen – Treasurer
  • Heather Thrift – Training & Development Lead
  • David Clay – Procurement Lead
  • Ruth Jenkins – Northern Collaboration Link
  • Nicky Freeman – NoWAL Operations Officer