SLIC c.e.o Amina Shah has today (29th October) been appointed as Scottish Book Trust’s new director of programme.
The director of programme is a key post at the national charity promoting literacy and a diverse reading and writing community in Scotland. Working with the c.e.o. as part of the senior management team, Shah will help to shape the strategic direction of Scottish Book Trust as a whole, as well as leading on the development of all Scottish Book Trust’s programmes.
Shah has 20 years experience working in a variety of bookshops, academic and public libraries across Scotland and was the deputy head of Dundee Library and Information Services before taking up the role of chief executive of The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) in March 2014. During her first year in post, she worked closely with heads of public libraries, COSLA, the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Carnegie UK Trust and Scottish Book Trust on developing the first ‘national strategy’ for public libraries in Scotland.
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “In her time at SLIC Amina proved herself a gifted and motivational leader. She is highly experienced in working at a community, local authority and national/ governmental level and brings with her a wealth of contacts, plus a deep knowledge of and commitment to reading and writing in all its forms.”
Commenting on her appointment, Shah said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the creative and dynamic team at Scottish Book Trust and I am looking forward to working them and with partners across Scotland to promote the pleasure, value and magic of books, reading and literacy.”
Shah takes up her new position on 1st January 2016.