The Advisory Committee is key to helping PL2030 remain true to its mission and ensuring that we are able to deliver an effective programme of advocacy and innovation.
Our committee members are drawn from a wide range of influential sectors including the arts, finance, technology, and media. Working with our governing board, they help to guide the strategic direction of the organisation and broker partnerships with partners outside of the library sector.
Key responsibilities include:
- Helping to identify and develop strategic partnerships for particular projects
- Proposing and approving the creation of working groups for individual projects
- Acting as an ambassador for public libraries and PL2030, promoting our roles in community development and innovation leadership
- Informing the strategic decision-making of the Director and the Governing Board.
Catherine Stihler has been chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation since February 2019. Prior to this, she represented Scotland as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999. As Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, she worked on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, better accessibility of digital products for the disabled, as well as citizen online data protection and privacy. As leader and founder of the All-Party Library Group she promoted and advocated for the importance of libraries and how libraries can remain relevant in the new digital age.
Born in Bellshill in 1973, Catherine was educated at Coltness High School, Wishaw and St Andrews University, where she was awarded a MA (Hons) Geography and International Relations (1996), and a MLitt in International Security Studies (1998). Before becoming a MEP, Catherine served as President of St Andrews University Students Association (1994-1995) and worked in the House of Commons for Dame Anne Begg MP (1997-1999). She has a Master of Business Administration from the Open University, and in 2018 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews. Catherine was elected to serve as the 52nd Rector of the University of St Andrews between 2014 and 2017.
Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market. She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.
She was previously Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein.
An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission’s Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
I was delighted to be asked by Ilona Kish to become a member of the PL2030 Advisory Committee because Public Libraries have been a trusted partner for the European Commission in our efforts to promote digital skills through Europe Code Week. Libraries are a brilliant place for citizens to learn about technology and try to make sense of the rapidly changing world around us.
My participation in the PL2030 Advisory Committee is personal, not professional. Libraries have been a big part of my life since I first learnt to read. “A place to escape to, a place to dream, a place to work and a place to feel warm. In short, if I were homeless, the place I’d want to sleep is a library.” Copyright of this last phrase is owned by Bruno Pragnell, my friend and coach. In my own words, I’d like to try and give back to public libraries, at least part of what they have given me over the years.
My aim is to work with Ilona and her colleagues to ensure libraries remain a place which give European citizens a shared sense of community for the next decade and for generations to come.
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Saskia Van Uffelen
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