Staff at The London Library

Director, Philip Marshall

Philip began his career as a solicitor, qualifying in 1996, and specialising in commercial law for the IT, media and publishing sectors. After completing an MBA at London Business School, Philip joined the British Museum in 2003. Over an 11 year period at the Museum, Philip’s roles included Head of Commercial and Director of International Engagement. He then worked as Director of Business Development at the Royal Albert Hall and Director of Development at Sadler’s Wells.

Tel: 020 7766 4712

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Membership Director, Felicity Nelson

Felicity joined The London Library as Membership Director in September 2017. She has worked in membership for over 12 years, most recently as Head of Membership and Business Development for maritime trade association The UK Chamber of Shipping, responsible for growing their membership and commercial activities.

Prior to this Felicity managed Special Interest Groups for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and worked in events for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Felicity graduated from LSBU with a BA in English and has an MA in Contemporary Approaches to English Studies from Goldsmiths.

Tel: 020 7766 4753

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Development Director, Philip Spedding

Having gained a business degree at the University of British Columbia, Philip has spent most of his working life in the arts.  Having fundraised for the arts over a number of years, he joined Arts & Business and, over the subsequent 16 years, encouraged both businesses and arts organisations to recognize how they can work together for their mutual benefit. Businesses seeking his advice have ranged from American Express in New York and Samsung in Seoul to Deutsche Bank in London and Lexus in Vienna. He eventually became the Director of Arts & Business.

Philip has sat on the UK Treasury’s Charity Tax Forum and has advised governments both in the UK and abroad on the development of private sector support of the arts, speaking on the subject in many countries including Albania, Canada, China, Russia, South Korea, Viet Nam and across both Europe and the UK.  He also sits on the Management team of the Charity Tax Group, is the Vice Treasurer of the Lambeth Horticultural Society and is a trustee of Action for Children’s Art. He joined The London Library as their Development Director in May 2014.  

Tel: 020 7766 4716

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Director of Collections and Library Services, Matthew Brooke

After obtaining an MA in Information Services Management at the University of North London, Matthew joined Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1997 as a Liaison Librarian for the departments of History and Social & Political Science.

After holding several posts including Library Services Manager and Associate Director, Matthew was most recently the Acting Director of Library Services from June 2017. He held responsibility for the leadership of the library service at Royal Holloway, including the archives, special collections, art collection and exhibition space. In addition to overseeing numerous adaptations to space and services, he led the library’s development of the £60m Library & Student Services Centre.

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Director of Finance & Administration, Michael Clayton

Michael graduated in 2005 with a double degree in Accounting and Philosophy. After joining the Australian Government Graduate Scheme he qualified as a CPA in 2010 before immigrating to the UK.

Since moving to London he has worked for charities and membership organisations such as The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Royal Society, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Reform Club.


Tel: 020 7766 4713

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Head of Member Services, Amanda Stebbings

Amanda graduated in 1990 from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth with BA (Hons.) in Welsh, having specialised in medieval Welsh prose and the Arthurian tradition in Welsh literature. Amanda then studied librarianship at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and graduated in 1991 with an MSc in Library and Information Science.

A chartered librarian since 1992, Amanda worked as an Assistant Librarian with Cambridgeshire Libraries until moving to be Area Children’s Librarian in the London Borough of Barnet in 1995. A period as Library Manager followed until being appointed Senior Librarian Adult Library Services in 2009, and subsequently appointed Service Development Team Leader in 2013. Amanda joined The London Library in January 2014.

Tel: 020 7766 4792

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Head of Communications, Julian Lloyd

Julian joined The London Library as Head of Communications in May 2015 and has a wide-ranging background in communications and information publishing. Following an initial career in corporate strategy roles for the media group, United News & Media, Julian become Development Director of their UK exhibitions and information publishing arm. In 2003, he became Media Relations Manager at the National Trust, helping oversee the promotion of a range of property acquisitions, heritage and environmental campaigns and the handling of the Trust’s corporate communications.

In 2008, he was appointed Communications Manager at Natural England - the government’s conservation adviser and regulator – managing the communication to public, government and stakeholder audiences of the agency’s high profile environmentalwork. Julian graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in History and has an MBA from the London Business School.

Tel: 020 7766 4704

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Head of Acquisitions, Gill Turner

Gill graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic (now University of Portsmouth) 1982 with BA (Hons) in Latin American Studies. 10 years spent in general bookselling, managing various branches of a chain in south east England, switched to librarianship in 1994 completing an MA in Library & Information Studies from University College London in 1995 for which a thesis on acquisition methods in public libraries was submitted.

Joined The London Library in July 1995 as cataloguer/Spanish acquisitions librarian. Chartered Librarian in 1998. Acquisitions Support Librarian from May 1998 to 2003 and Head of Acquisitions since January 2004.

Tel: 020 7766 4760

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Head of Development, Anna Clark

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Drama, Anna has spent her career in the arts and culture sector. She has over nine years of experience in fundraising and following early roles at Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Royal Court Theatre Anna spent five years at Sadler’s Wells where she was the Individual Giving Manager. She went on to be the Head of Individual Giving at the National Army Museum before joining The London Library as Head of Development in December 2017.

Tel: 020 7766 4744

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