Settle appointed c.e.o. of libraries task force

Settle appointed c.e.o. of libraries task force

Kathy Settle has been announced as chief executive of the Leadership for Libraries task force.

Settle is currently director for digital policy and departmental engagement in the Government Digital Service (GDS), part of the Cabinet Office. She will begin the new role in April, while continuing in her current role until late summer.

The task force met for the first time earlier this month, chaired by the chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, Paul Blantern.

Set up following a recommendation from the Sieghart Report into public libraries, the task force has set out the aims of sharing best practice between councils, promoting the role of digital and shaping a workforce for the future.

It is backed by £250,000 funding from the DCMS.

A statement from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: "[Settle] brings a strong track record of delivery, leadership and engagement with in a wide range of sectors that will help Paul and the task force to achieve their objectives within reasonable time limits. She has also led in GDS on Digital Inclusion (working with partners to help get those offline, online) and on Assisted Digital (supporting those offline to access government digital services) that are identified as key areas of opportunity for the public library network in the Independent Library Report."