Key libraries role for council chief

Prof Steven Broomhead Published: Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Warrington Borough Council’s chief executive has been appointed as chair of the group responsible for providing leadership and support to libraries across the country.

Professor Steven Broomhead has accepted an invitation from the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the LGA to become Chairperson of the national libraries taskforce.

Formed to build on the recommendations of the Independent Library Review for England, the national taskforce aims to promote a strong, coherent narrative about the contributions libraries make to our local communities, sharing good practice and bringing together the main organisations which promote and deliver libraries. 

Its priorities include:

•    promoting public libraries to the public and to decision-makers
•    providing library services and potential partners with easy access to evidence and data to inform their decision-making
•    providing clearly signposted, step by step guidance and peer support to support sustainable library services
•    helping the sector (paid staff and volunteers) obtain the insights, skills and support it needs for the future

Professor Broomhead said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this role with the National Libraries Taskforce. I believe it reflects well on the work we are doing here in Warrington to invest in and safeguard the future of our libraries.

“I’m looking forward to sharing ideas, insight and best practice with the group, as well as using the opportunity to promote the good work Warrington Borough Council is doing to create a sustainable future for its libraries service.”

The Taskforce reports to ministers via the DCMS and to the LGA. For more information about its work, visit